What You Need to Know: Apple M2 Pro/Max for MacBook Pro, M2 Mac mini [PICS]

Apple today unveiled its new M2 Pro and M2 Max next-generation Apple Silicon chips for its 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, plus the M2 and M2 Pro for the Mac mini.

Here are some slides from Apple’s 19-minute keynote today that was uploaded to its YouTube channel, which tells you everything you need to know about today’s announcements.

The M2 chip is not new but Apple gave a summary of M2 for the Mac mini anyways:

  • Up to 24GB LPDDR5 memory
  • High-performance media engine
  • 40% faster Neural Engine
  • Up to 15.8 trillion operations per second; 16-core Neural Engine
  • Second-generation 5nm technology
  • 8-core CPU
  • Up to 10-core GPU
  • ProRes encode and decode
  • 6K external display support
  • 18% faster CPU
  • 35% faster GPU
  • Over 20 billion transistors
  • Industry-leading performance per watt
  • 50% more memory bandwidth
  • 100GB/s memory bandwidth

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M2 Mac mini also has the following highlights according to Apple:

  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • 10Gb Ethernet option
  • Bluetooth 5.3
  • Hardware-accelerated ProRes encode and decode
  • Supports up to 3 displays
  • M2 or M2 Pro options
  • Up to 8K display with HDMI
  • Up to 32GB unified memory
  • Up to 8TB storage
  • M2 model up to 5x faster than best-selling Windows desktop
  • M2 Pro model up to 14x faster than the fastest Intel-based Mac mini

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M2 Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro advantages:

  • Photoshop image processing is 40% faster than M1 Pro
  • Photoshop image processing is 80% faster than Intel Core i9

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M2 Pro in the MacBook Pro 16-inch when it comes to code compiling in Xcode:

  • 25% faster than M1 Pro
  • 2.5x faster than the Intel Core i9

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Here, we can see how the M2 Max compares in size to the M2 and M1 Max:

m2 vs m1 Max vs M2 max

M2 Max has the following highlights according to Apple:

  • Thunderbolt 4
  • Up to 20% faster CPU
  • Up to 30% faster GPU
  • Industry-leading performance per watt
  • Up to 96GB LPDDR5
  • Over 67 billion transistors (10 billion more than M1 Max)
  • 12-core CPU
  • Up to 38-core GPU
  • 16-core Neural Engine; 15.8 trillion ops/s
  • 40% faster Neural Engine
  • 400GB/s memory bandwidth
  • High-performance media engine with ProRes
  • Second-generation 5nm technology

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The new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro feature the following:

  • HDMI
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • SDXC
  • Up to 22 hours battery life
  • Liquid Retina display XDR
  • Studio-quality mics
  • Up to 6x faster effects rendering than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro
  • M2 Pro or M2 Max options
  • Up to 2x faster code compiling than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro
  • Up to 96GB unified memory
  • Up to 8TB storage
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Supports up to four external displays
  • Up to 8K display with HDMI
  • ProRes encode and decode

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For M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Mac mini Canadian pricing, check out the links below:

You can click here to order your new M2 MacBook Pro or Mac mini today, with delivery set for Tuesday, January 24, 2023.