The updated MacBook Pros are available with the Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. Apple M2 Pro uses up to 12 CPU cores, up to 19 GPU cores, and up to 32GB of RAM. The chip’s claimed memory bandwidth is 200 Gb/s. The Apple M2 Max has 12 CPU cores, up to 38 GPU cores, and up to 96 GB of RAM. Memory bandwidth has been doubled to 400 GB/s. Computers support up to 8TB of permanent memory.
New MacBook displays now use mini-LED arrays, which will have a positive effect on brightness indicators (up to 1600 nits) and provide a contrast ratio comparable to OLED displays. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 3456-by-2234 display, while the 14-inch version has a 3024-by-1964 display. Both mods received support for dynamically changing the Pro Motion display refresh rate (1-120 Hz). ).
Apple has highlighted the longer battery life of the new MacBooks: the 14-inch version now has up to 18 hours of video playback and up to 12 hours of web browsing, while the 16-inch model has up to 22 hours of video and more. to 15 hours of web browsing.
Apple has also equipped the laptops with new 1080p webcams, three array microphones with a higher signal-to-noise ratio, and a six-speaker system. The laptops also retained the Touch ID sensor built into the power button.
Along with the MacBook Pro, Apple has also updated the Mac mini. The devices can now be purchased in versions with M2 and M2 Pro processors. The M2-based version uses 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores, as well as up to 24 GB of RAM with 100 GB/s bandwidth. Contrary to the trend of launching Mac mini only with the base chip of the Apple M family, the new generation of computers can now be equipped with Apple M2 Pro processors using up to 12 CPU cores, up to 19 GPU cores and up to 32 GB. of RAM with 200Gb/s of bandwidth.
Mac mini will retain the classic case design and heat dissipation system. The set of ports will not change significantly either: the version with the M2 processor is equipped with two USB-A, two USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 support, one HDMI and one 10 Gb Ethernet port. The modification based on the M2 Pro will receive two additional USB Type-C on the rear panel.
Apple focuses on device support for any complex computing tasks such as heavy gaming (No Man’s Sky, Resident Evil Village), 4K and 8K video processing, software development, etc.
Experts are skeptical of the news shown. According to the leading analyst of Mobile Research Group Eldar Murtazin, the company did not show anything fundamentally new.
“This is a minor update. In fact, apart from the replacement of processors and updated colors of the laptop, nothing new has been shown to us. Old M1 laptops are being sold. This suggests that the situation with the iPhone is repeated when the previous generation was removed. Based on this, it is not worth waiting for something special, some kind of hype, “Murtazin said.
According to the expert, new items will appear in Russia in February. “Parallel imports are working. Prices will be quite high for the first two weeks and then they will go down. And they will be slightly higher than European prices.”