Tech giant Apple has launched two next-generation SoCs (systems on a chip), the M2 Pro and the M2 Max.
Apple also introduced the new Mac mini with the M2 and M2 Pro, while the MacBook Pro on display features the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.
M2 Pro and M2 Max
The Silicon Valley company said the M2 Pro scales the M2’s architecture to provide a CPU with up to 12 cores and a GPU with up to 19 cores, along with up to 32GB of fast unified storage.
The M2 Max builds on the capabilities of the M2 Pro, including a GPU with up to 38 cores, twice the unified memory bandwidth, and up to 96GB of unified memory.
Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, said both chips also feature enhanced custom technologies, including a faster 16-core Neural Engine and Apple’s powerful Media Engine.
“M2 Pro brings pro-level performance to Mac mini for the first time, while M2 Pro and M2 Max extend the breakthrough performance and capabilities of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.”
“They deliver incredible professional performance along with industry-leading energy efficiency. With an even more powerful CPU and GPU, support for a larger unified storage system, and an advanced media engine, the M2 Pro and M2 Max represent amazing advances in Apple chips,” said Srouji.
Apple also introduced the new Mac mini, supercharged by the M2 and the all-new M2 Pro.
According to Apple, the Mac Mini with the M2 and M2 Pro offers faster performance, more unified storage, and expanded connectivity, including support for up to two displays on the M2 model and up to three displays on the M2 Pro model.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said the Mac mini combined with Studio Display and Magic accessories along with macOS Ventura delivers a “phenomenal” desktop experience.
“With incredible capabilities and a wide range of connectivity in its compact design, Mac mini is used in so many places and in so many different ways.”
Customers can order the new Mac mini models today, with availability beginning Tuesday, January 24.
Apple also unveiled the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max, offering professional users even more energy-efficient performance and battery life.
Apple claims the new M2 Pro and M2 Max can handle demanding tasks like effects rendering that’s up to 6x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and color correction that’s up to 2x faster .
The battery life of the MacBook Pro has also improved with now up to 22 hours of work time.
The new MacBook Pro also supports Wi-Fi 6E, which is up to twice as fast as the previous generation, and advanced HDMI, which supports 8K displays for the first time.
Joswiak said that with up to 96GB of unified storage in the M2 Max model, developers can work on scenes so large that “PC laptops can’t even run them.”
“The MacBook Pro powered by Apple silicon was a game changer, allowing professionals to push the boundaries of their workflows on the go and do things they never thought possible on a laptop.
Customers can order the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro today, with availability beginning Tuesday, January 24.
Watch the launch of the new MacBook Pro and Mac mini
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