Apple debuts MacBook Pro and Mac Mini with powerful new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

Apple (AAPL) revealed new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models on Tuesday, as well as two new high-performance variants of its M2 chip: the M2 Pro and the M2 Max. The announcements were made without the customary pomp associated with a major Apple launch event. The chip sector is the latest example of Apple’s ambition to develop its own silicon and demonstrate its ability to outperform larger rivals like Intel (INTC) and AMD (AMD).

The MacBook Pro is the most powerful of the two new systems, with either the M2 Pro or M2 Max processor. The M2 Max, which has a 12-core CPU and a 38-core GPU, is the most powerful and efficient processor for a professional laptop, according to Apple.

During CES, however, Intel introduced the Core i9-13980HX CPU, which the firm says is the world’s fastest mobile processor due to its clock speeds. Apple does not specify the clock speed of their processor.

The M2 Max, on the other hand, has twice the memory bandwidth of the M2 Pro and four times that of the M2. It also has up to 96GB of unified storage, allowing you to conduct numerous tasks at once without slowing down.

The M2 Pro, on the other hand, comes with either 10 or 12 cores as well as a 19-core GPU and up to 32GB of unified storage. According to Apple, a MacBook Pro with an M2 Pro is 40% quicker than an M1 Pro and 80% faster than a MacBook with Intel’s older Core i9 CPU.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro features more powerful CPUs and quicker Wi-Fi. (Photo: apple)

In terms of these new systems, the MacBook Pro is available in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes, with the 14-inch model starting at $1,499 USD. The 16-inch model costs $2,499 and goes up to $6,499 with 96GB of RAM and an 8TB storage drive.

According to Apple, the M2 Max-powered Pro provides 30% greater graphics performance than an M1 Max-equipped MacBook Pro, as well as up to 20% faster CPU performance.

The business promises that the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro processor would last up to 22 hours on a single charge, which is rather impressive. This is the longest MacBook ever built by Apple.

Then there’s the redesigned Mac mini, which comes with the M2 processor as well as the new M2 Pro. It lacks the powerful M2 Max. The Mac mini starts at $599 with an M2 processor and goes up to $4,399 with the M2 Pro, 32GB of RAM, and an 8TB storage drive.

According to Apple, when utilizing some Photoshop capabilities, the Mac mini with the M2 Pro is up to 50% quicker than an Intel-equipped iMac, and it is 5.5 times faster when integrating panoramic photographs in Adobe Lightroom Classic.

It’s also 2.5x quicker in Affinity Photo and 4.2x faster in Final Cut Pro when converting ProRes content than an M1-powered Mac mini.

Both the upgraded MacBook Pro and Mac mini are available for pre-order today and will be on sale on January 24th

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