Without a special event, the Apple company published a press release announcing the update of the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 line of professional laptops. Previously, the dates of the release of the update were postponed, and insiders and analysts said that the new arrivals will be presented at the beginning of this year. Which is exactly what happened today, affecting the Mac mini as well.
First of all, updated computers are interesting with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. According to the presentation, they will offer a 20% increase in CPU performance, 30% for graphics, and 40% for the Neural Engine. They increased the number of CPU cores to 10/12 in the 14-inch MBP model, and to 12 in the 16-inch model. Graphics cores can now be up to 30 or 38, respectively.
It is more interesting that the RAM capacity has also been increased. The basic models still have 16 GB, but the maximum configuration allows you to get up to 96 GB. However, as last time, for this, you will need to choose the more expensive M2 Max. Among the new features of the MacBook Pro, support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 is now noted, as well as the connection of external monitors/TVs with 8K resolution.
Separately, the company emphasized record battery life. With the same battery capacity (70 and 100 Wh), the specified video playback time via the Apple TV app is 18 hours for the MBP 14 and 22 hours for the MBP 16. This is an additional hour of operation compared to its predecessor. At the same time, the complete power supply units have not changed.
Other equipment in the MacBook Pro line, including the design, characteristics of displays, sound, etc., has not undergone any changes (if you do not pay attention to a slight increase in weight of tens of grams, depending on the configuration of the laptops). Prices have remained at the same level, which start at $1,999 and $2,499 depending on the diagonal of the display.
The most affordable of Apple’s computers — Mac mini — was also updated. The compact desktop received configurations with previously presented M2 chips, which could be seen in the MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Air, and now the M2 Pro. Additional bonuses in the form of support for 8K monitors and faster Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 are also available in the Mac mini.
At the same time, the initial cost of the computer was reduced to $599.
The previous MacBook Pro 14 and 16 models, as well as the Mac mini, have already been withdrawn from sale in the Apple online store, starting pre-orders for the new ones, which will be available from January 24.