Apple has just unveiled its latest line of MacBooks, the M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro. When Apple unveiled the M2 chipset in June of last year, it brought 18% CPU and 35% GPU performance boost compared to the original M1. However, the M2 was only available in one configuration, 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores. And Today Cupertino is lifting the veil off two higher-power chips, the M2 Pro and M2 Max, which pile on more cores and add support for more memory. These new models are packed with powerful features and technology that make them some of the most advanced laptops on the market.
M2 Pro Design & Specs:
The M2 Pro is designed for professionals and power users who demand the best performance and features from their laptops. It is powered by the new M2 chip, which is based on the ARM architecture and offers significantly faster performance than previous generations of MacBooks.
The M2 Pro also features a 16-inch Retina display with a resolution of 3072 x 1920, making it ideal for working with high-resolution images and videos. The Apple M2 Pro chipset is built on a second generation 5nm node and features 40 billion transistors, 20% more than the M1 Pro. The new chip also supports up to 32GB of unified memory with 200GB/s bandwidth.
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The M2 Pro also comes with a variety of ports, including Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and HDMI, making it easy to connect to external displays and peripherals. It also features a built-in Touch ID sensor for added security, as well as a backlit keyboard and a Force Touch trackpad. The M2 Pro has 10 or 12 CPU cores, 6 or 8 high-performance cores plus 4 high-efficiency cores. As well as up to 19 GPU cores, plus larger L2 cache. This results in up to 20% higher CPU performance over the M1 Pro (10-core) as mentioned before, and 30% higher GPU performance.
M2 Max Design & Specs:
In addition to the M2 Pro, Apple has also unveiled the M2 Max, which is designed for users who need a larger display and more storage. The M2 Max features a 17-inch Retina display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and comes with up to 8TB of storage. The Apple M2 Max chip has a whopping 67 billion transistors, three times as many as the base M2. Also, it supports up to 96GB of unified memory (4x what the M2 can handle) running at 400GB/s (twice as fast as the M2 Pro.
The M2 Max also features the same powerful M2 chip as the M2 Pro, making it a great option for users who not only need a larger display but mainly want the best performance. The CPU is the same as the 12-core version of the M2 Pro. The GPU is twice the size with up to 38 cores, the L2 cache is even bigger. It also comes with the same variety of ports and features as the M2 Pro, including Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and HDMI, as well as a built-in Touch ID sensor and a backlit keyboard.
Other Features of M2 Pro & M2 Max:
Both the M2 Pro and M2 Max share some hardware. Both use a 16-core Neural Engine capable of 15.8 TOPS, 40% faster than the previous generation. They also have built-in video encode/decode engines and ProRes engines – one of each in the Pro, two of each in the Max. This means that the chips can handle multiple 4K and 8K video streams using ProRes, HEVC and H.264.
The new MacBook Pros using the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips can last up to 22 hours on a single charge. Both the M2 Pro and M2 Max are also available with the latest version of macOS, which includes new features such as Big Sur, which is designed to make using a MacBook even more intuitive and powerful.
Overall, the new Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBooks are a great option for professionals and power hungry users who need the best performance and features from their laptops. With powerful new technology and a variety of features, these laptops are sure to be popular among users who need a powerful and reliable laptop.