Apple Announces New MacBook Pros With M2 Pro and M2 Max Chips, Up to 96GB RAM, and More

Apple today announced the next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with faster 5nm-based M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, up to 96GB of RAM, an upgraded HDMI 2.1 port with support for an 8K external display, faster Wi-Fi 6E, and more.

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The new M2 Pro chip features a 10-core or 12-core CPU and offers up to 20% faster performance than the M1 Pro chip, according to Apple. The chip also has a 16-core or 19-core GPU that delivers up to 30% faster graphics performance over the M1 Pro, while the 16-core Neural Engine is up to 40% faster compared to the previous generation.

The M2 Max chip has a 12-core CPU that is up to 20% faster than the M1 Max chip, and it has up to a 38-core GPU, according to Apple. With the M2 Max chip, the new MacBook Pro is now up to 6x faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro for some tasks.

Both new MacBook Pro models are now available with up to 96GB of unified memory when configured with the highest-end M2 Max chip. By comparison, the previous models were available with up to 64GB of memory with the M1 Max chip. Memory bandwidth is unchanged at up to 200GB/s for the M2 Pro chip and up to 400GB/s for the M2 Max chip.

The notebooks can be configured with up to 8TB of SSD storage, which is unchanged from the previous generation.

The new MacBook Pro models support Wi-Fi 6E, which allows for faster wireless connectivity and lower latency over the 6GHz band. The previous 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models were limited to Wi-Fi 6, which operates over the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

An upgraded HDMI 2.1 port on both new MacBook Pro models supports one external display with up to 8K resolution at 60Hz, or 4K resolution at 240Hz.

Apple advertises the new 16-inch MacBook Pro as having up to 22 hours of battery life per charge, which it says is the longest battery life ever in a Mac. The new 14-inch model is advertised with up to 18 hours of battery life. This is one extra hour of battery life for each model compared to the previous generation, per Apple's tech specs.

The new MacBook Pro models have the same design as the previous generation, including a Liquid Retina XDR display with a notch, an all-black keyboard housing, three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, an SD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3 for charging, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, and a six-speaker sound system.

Customers can order the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro via Apple's online store starting today, with availability beginning Tuesday, January 24. Pricing starts at $1,999 for the 14-inch MacBook Pro and at $2,499 for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
1 week ago

A very, very incremental update.

No new features that I can actually benefit from (no 8K displays in my place, no Wi-Fi 6E too), so my 14" base M1 Pro (got it with a discount) is not in danger at all.
What do you want it to do, make coffee? It’s a keyboard, trackpad and screen.
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neuropsychguy Avatar
1 week ago

Who can afford this crap.
I can afford it. Apparently millions of others can as well.

it costs more than ever
No it doesn't. Inflation and currency exchanges are things. The base model in the U.S. costs the same as before. Some models cost less than the old ones.

The SoC should be making things more affordable.
It is. See the base Mac Mini (cheaper than previous model) and my answer above.

What is wrong with this company.
That's a good question. Probably lots of things.

The GPU is still an internal GPU only useable on MacOS.
Yes, although progress is being made with Linux.

This machine is not business class as it can't run Windows anymore.
Okay...not all businesses need computers running Windows. Those that do can always run a server running Windows that computers can connect to with a remote desktop. Or just buy computers running Windows.

They are out to lunch.
Hopefully people at Apple eat lunch.

There is goign to be a day people get tired of logic and final cut and what will apple be doing then.
Maybe sell computers that do other things than Logic and Final Cut...
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
1 week ago
Sheeeesh! Expensive where is the MacBook Pro in Midnight?

Sorry Apple, no Midnight MacBook ? Pro. I will have to pass. Lost opportunity!

Time to wait for MacBook Air in 15” (Midnight).

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tYNS Avatar
1 week ago
Who can afford this crap. They literally brought the production down to a single in-house chip and it costs more than ever.. this is all about profit profit profit. The SoC should be making things more affordable. What is wrong with this company. They pretend like they are the fastest machines in the universe. The GPU is still an internal GPU only useable on MacOS. This machine is not business class as it can't run Windows anymore. They are out to lunch. There is goign to be a day people get tired of logic and final cut and what will apple be doing then.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
1 week ago
Anyone feeling like this over here?

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ooans Avatar
1 week ago
So, this is why they withheld 4K 120hertz HDMI and Wifi 6E from M1 Pro/Max...
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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