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Apple Unveils New M2-Powered MacBook Pro and Mac Mini Devices

Rabia Noureen

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Apple has finally announced its much-anticipated MacBook Pro and Mac Mini models powered by new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. The next-generation processors are much more powerful, which bring performance and energy efficiency improvements compared to the M1 chips previously seen in the 2021 MacBook Pro.

According to Apple, the new M2 Max chip features up to 12 CPU cores, 38 GPU cores, up to 96GB of memory, and it also supports 8TB of SSD storage and four 8K external displays. Meanwhile, Apple’s M2 Pro chip offers up to 12 CPU cores, 19 GPU cores, up to 32GB of unified memory, and it also supports 8TB of SSD storage and two external 8K displays.

“Only Apple is building SoCs like M2 Pro and M2 Max. They deliver incredible pro performance along with industry-leading power efficiency,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s Senior VP of Hardware Technologies. “With an even more powerful CPU and GPU, support for a larger unified memory system, and an advanced media engine, M2 Pro and M2 Max represent astonishing advancements in Apple silicon.”

Apple Unveils New M2-Powered MacBook Pro and Mac Mini Devices
Source: Apple

As for the design of the new MacBook Pros, these devices look pretty much the same when compared to the M1 Pro and M1 Max models that debuted in 2022. However, Apple claims that the new Macs feature three Thunderbolt 4 ports and offer up to 22-hour battery life on a single charge.

However, these new MacBook Pros come with a big price tag: the 14” model starts at $1,999, and the 16” model starts at $2,499. These new MacBooks are available to pre-order today on the Apple Store.

Apple announces a Mac Mini with the latest M2 chips

Similarly, Apple didn’t make any changes to the design of its new Mac Mini models with M2 and M2 Pro chips. The former comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports and the latter features four Thunderbolt 4 ports. Apple says that both devices support Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and up to 8TB of SSD storage. However, the company has discontinued the M1 and Intel variants of this device.

Apple’s new Mac Mini is available to pre-order today with a starting price of $599. The company plans to begin shipping its new Mac devices to customers in the US and some other markets on January 24.

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