Super-powerful MacBook Pro and Mac mini arrive with new Apple M2 Pro & Max chips

Apple has quietly launched new 2023 models of the 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pros, alongside powerful M2 Pro and M2 Max chips – follow-ups to the M1 Pro and M1 Max.

According to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, “Today the MacBook Pro gets even better. With faster performance, enhanced connectivity, and the longest battery life ever in a Mac, along with the best display in a laptop, there’s simply nothing else like it.”

Pre-orders go live today, and will ship beginning January 24.

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MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023) and MacBook Pro 14-inch (2023)

The MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) and MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) now have follow-ups, with both models of the powerful mobile workstations getting the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips – which Apple calls “the world’s most powerful and efficient chip for a pro laptop.”

While we’ll hopefully put these claims to the test soon when we get the new MacBook Pros in for review, we were extremely impressed by the previous versions, and loved the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) and MacBook Pro (M2, 2022), so we can definitely imagine that these new models won’t disappoint.

Apple also has big claims for battery life, with up to 22 hours – again, this is potentially game-changing if true, considering the performance levels on offer here.

These new MacBook Pros also support Wi-Fi 6E and HDMI support up to 8K. You can also configure the MacBook Pros with a huge 96GB of unified memory.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro chip starts at $1,999 and comes with:

10-core CPU with 6 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores16-core GPU16-core Neural Engine200GB/s memory bandwidth16GB unified memory512GB SSD

For $2,400, you get an 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro chip and:

12-core CPU with 8 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores19-core GPU16-core Neural Engine200GB/s memory bandwidth16GB unified memory1TB SSD

If you need more power, the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Max chip costs a rather huge $3,099, and comes with:

12-core CPU with 8 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores30-core GPU16-core Neural Engine400GB/s memory bandwidth32GB unified memory1TB SSD

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Each one has a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with a 3,024 x 1,964 resolution screen and 154 pixels per inch.

These are the same as the previous models, but as they were the best screens you can get on a laptop, we’re not complaining!

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Mac mini (2023)

A very pleasant surprise was the reveal of a new Mac mini. Not only does the Mac mini (2023) have the rather expected upgrade to the M2 chip, but it’s also getting a model with the M2 Pro. This means you’re getting a compact PC with some serious performance – could it even make the Mac Studio redundant? 

With Apple claiming that “the new M2 Pro chip delivers pro-level performance to Mac mini for the first time,” and encouraging people to pair the Mac mini (2023) with the Studio Display, which is usually pushed with the Mac Studio, we have a feeling its time might be up.

Perhaps most excitingly of all, the M2 Mac mini (2023) comes with a new lower price tag of just $599. That’s impressively affordable, and also bucks the worrying trend recently of products getting more expensive.

The Mac mini (M2, 2023) comes with an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU and supports up to 24GB memory, and apparently offers 9.8 times the timeline rendering performance in Final Cut Pro compared to the older Mac mini with Intel.

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