M2 Pro and M2 Max chips launch on Apple MacBook Pro and Mac mini

Apple has unveiled its new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips that will arrive very soon in new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini computers. These new machines will therefore also support the latest WiFi 6E standard, 8K HDMI and more. According to Apple, the latest models will be up to 40 percent faster and offer superior battery life.

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The new M2 Pro chipset is the entry level SoC, offering 10- or 12-core CPUs, the latter having eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. This offers up to 20 percent more performance compared to the 10-core M1 Pro CPU. On the GPU side, the number of cores have been increased from 16 to 19 on the new chipset. It promises even faster processing for content creation apps like Photoshop or compiling in Xcode.

The M2 Max, on the other hand, is “the world’s most powerful and efficient chip for a pro laptop” according to Apple. GPU cores are increased from 34 to 38, while the CPU’s transistor count has been increased by nearly 20 percent. This chipset can also support up to 96GB of fast unified memory. All of these improvements translates to processing graphic speeds up to 30 percent higher than the M1 Max chip, for chores like visual effects, machine learning and more.

The designs of the new MacBook Pro 14- and 16-inch models have remained unchanged, and includes all configuration options as mentioned above. One of the main benefits of improved chipsets, of course, is better battery life. According to Apple, the new MacBook Pro models have the longest ever battery life on a Mac.

It also has a new HDMI port that supports 8K up to 60Hz for the first time and 4K displays up to 240Hz. As before, it comes with three Thunderbolt 4 ports for high-speed connection to peripherals, an SDXC card slot and MagSafe 3 charging.