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Apple today announced updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros powered by "the most powerful and efficient" Apple silicon chips yet, the M2 Pro and M2 Max.

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The new MacBook Pros represent a minor upgrade from the previous models announced in October 2021 but still bring several notable new features and changes. Below, we've outlined five of the most interesting tidbits you need to know about the new Mac laptops.

  • Space Gray models of the new MacBook Pro now come with a Space Gray color-matched MagSafe charging cable, unlike before. Previously, Space Gray models would ship with a silver MagSafe cable.
  • For the first time in a Mac, the MacBook Pros and the updated Mac mini support the Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 standards. Both new improvements will improve connection reliability and performance, particularly in high-density areas.
  • Alongside new chips, the new MacBook Pros also include an updated HDMI port that now supports HDMI 2.1. HDMI 2.1 will allow the MacBook Pro to run a display up to 8K resolution at 60Hz.
  • Thanks to the improved performance of the M2 Pro and M2 Max, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro features up to 22 hours of battery life – the longest battery life ever offered in a Mac.
  • Previous-generation MacBook Pros were only configurable to up to 64GB of unified memory. However, the new M2 Max chip allows customers to configure their MacBook Pro with up to 96GB of RAM.

The new MacBook Pros start at $1,999 and are available for pre-order starting today on Apple's online store. Both the updated MacBook Pros and Mac mini will begin arriving to customers on Tuesday, January 24.

Article Link: 5 Things to Know About the New MacBook Pros
 
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CalMin

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Nice spec. bump. Not that M1 Pro/Max were slouches. It's good to see incremental improvements like this to prevent the tech feeling stale. It's as much marketing driven as anything - we will see a flurry of new YouTube videos and benchmark testing, magazine articles to keep Apple in the news cycle.

I guess Apple is not going with FaceID on MacBooks then? The fingerprint reader is solid, but I did like Windows Hello on a Microsoft Surface that I used for a while.
 

Kissmo1980

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M1 MBPs are insanely fast. I can see this a worthy upgrade for those who need the RAW power.
Either way, except the economy, the war, the pandemic and the insanity of the world these days, technologically speaking (not considering the price) it's quite exciting - Apple, AMD, Nvidia and Intel.

And not to forget: electric cars, VR, ChatGPT, etc...
 

BeatCrazy

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Wait I thought last week everyone was saying this was happening in 2nd half of this year? Is the rumor mill really that far off these days?
Most folks were expecting them in Fall '22. I said 'no way' to all that, because capacity was shifted towards iPhone production/efforts, and the (now older gen) MacBook Pros only came out in Late 2021. So they didn't 'need' a refresh last year.

Now that yields have improved, holiday is well passed, it's the perfect time to release more M2 models.
 
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