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Apple updates its 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros with new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

By Kenny Yeo - on 17 Jan 2023, 11:19pm

Apple updates its 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros with new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

The new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro. (Image source: Apple)

The rumours were right, Apple has just updated its 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros with its new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.

These are mostly spec-bump updates. On the outside, these new notebooks look mostly similar to the ones they are replacing. Their dimensions and weights are identical and the display is the same very excellent Liquid Retina XDR displays that use mini-LED panels.

The big change is that they are powered by the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. These chips are built using a second-generation 5nm process technology and feature more transistors and cores than the M1 Pro and M1 Max.

The HDMI port now supports 8K external displays at up to 60Hz. (Image source: Apple)

The M2 Pro now features up to 12 CPU cores and 19 GPU cores and, according to Apple, delivers up to 20% faster CPU performance and up to 30% faster GPU performance. It can also be equipped with up to 32GB of low-latency unified memory.

As for the M2 Max, it features the same 12 CPU cores as M2 Pro but it now comes with up to 38 GPU cores. Apple says M2 Max can deliver up to 30% more graphics performance than M1 Max. Folks who felt that the 64GB of memory that the M1 Max offered was not enough should be happy to learn that the M2 Max can be spec'ed with up to 96GB of memory.

Elsewhere, they are other improvements. These notebooks now support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. And the HDMI port can now support external displays up to 8K resolution at 60Hz or 4K resolution at up to 240Hz. The excellent MagSafe port for charging has been carried over.

Looking at the specifications, I'm not sure if there's enough reason for owners of the last-generation MacBook Pros to upgrade. After all, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips were no slouches and are still amongst the most powerful notebook chips available. But if you've been holding out, then this is the perfect time to snag a new MacBook Pro. 


Availability and pricing

The MacBook Pro is available in 14 and 16-inch sizes. (Image source: Apple)

The 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro are available to order this Thursday, 19 January 2023. They will be available in stores on Friday, 3 February 2023.

Prices of the 14-inch MacBook Pro will start at S$2,899 while prices of the 16-inch MacBook Pro will start at S$3,599.

For more information on the available configurations and to order, head to the Apple Online Store.

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