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The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will start arriving to customers and launch in stores this Tuesday. Ahead of time, the first reviews of the laptops have been shared by select media publications and YouTube channels.

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Powered by Apple's latest M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, the new MacBook Pros offer up to 20% faster performance and up to 30% faster graphics. The laptops can be configured with up to 96GB of RAM, compared to a max of 64GB previously. Other improvements include Wi-Fi 6E, an upgraded HDMI 2.1 port with support for up to an 8K external display, and an extra hour of battery life over the previous generation.

The new MacBook Pros have the same design as the previous models released in October 2021. The laptops can be pre-ordered on Apple's online store, with pricing starting at $1,999 for the 14-inch model and at $2,499 for the 16-inch model.

Benchmarks

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Geekbench results from last week revealed that the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips offer up to around 20% faster performance and up to around 30% faster graphics compared to the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, in line with Apple's advertised claims.

Jason Snell shared additional benchmarks in his Six Colors review:

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Written Reviews

The Verge's Monica Chin said the 16-inch MacBook Pro continues to provide the "best combination of performance and efficiency" in a high-end laptop:
The M1 Max, despite having less raw power than its successor, was the obvious choice for shoppers trying to maximize their CPU power in 2021. The M2 Max is no longer that — the core-hungry shopper who never unplugs their laptop will have better options from Intel and AMD in 2023. What we don’t expect those options to have, in any capacity, is battery life. That’s where the M1 Max is the undeniable champion. And that’s the calculus that does remain unchanged from 2021: the MacBook Pro 16 remains the best combination of performance and efficiency that you can get. That’s why the M2 Max, despite being more powerful than the M1 Max, may target less of a “power user” crowd this year.
CNET's Lori Grunin achieved faster wireless speeds with Wi-Fi 6E:
I generally get more reliable performance from 6E than 6, at least in my environment. For instance, a casual Speedtest run delivered a consistent 483Mbps download on 6E but an average 392Mbps on 6 (for 400Mbps service). The latter started higher but dropped partway through as well.
Engadget's Devindra Hardawar said the new 14-inch MacBook Pro provided nearly three hours extra of battery life compared to the previous generation:
The previous MacBook Pro lasted 12 hours and 36 minutes during our testing, but the new model made it to 15 hours and 10 minutes. That's a healthy step up, especially if you find yourself stuck on a long flight without any working outlets. Apple says that the new MacBook Pros can reach up to 22 hours of battery life, but take note that figure only refers to the 16-inch model.
TheStreet's Jacob Krol said the new MacBook Pro remains a powerhouse for performance-intensive tasks like 4K or 8K video exporting:
Either route you'll see fast performance and a high level of responsiveness with any app. When it comes time to export an HD, 4K, or even 8K video you’ll find that the application doesn’t require a wait for rendering something for playback and that export times will be cut down dramatically. Same goes for live-previewing an app in XCode, 3D animations, batch photo edits, or illustration exports as well.
Ars Technica's Samuel Axon said the new MacBook Pro models are overkill for most customers and recommended the MacBook Air:
If this review seems short, that’s because there's not too much to talk about; this is essentially the 2021 MacBook Pro but 20–30 percent faster at some tasks, and with a few connectivity options upgraded to better match what is expected from a pricey laptop like this.

And that’s OK because the 2021 MacBook Pro was excellent. The 2023 version is the same but slightly better. The M2 Pro and M2 Max's performance and efficiency make them attractive devices for many people.

That said, you shouldn't spend this amount of money if you don't need this much performance, and let's be real: most people don't. The MacBook Air or one of a few particularly strong Windows ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 will meet many folks' needs just as well, and for a lot less money—plus, they provide more portability.
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chucker23n1

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Jason's bench results are a bit strange. Leaving aside that single- and multi-core CPU differences between the M2 Pro and Max should be within the margin of error… how is the MBP with M2 Max faster at single-core, slower at multi-core, but much faster at Xcode?
 

GFLPraxis

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Jason's bench results are a bit strange. Leaving aside that single- and multi-core CPU differences between the M2 Pro and Max should be within the margin of error… how is the MBP with M2 Max faster at single-core, slower at multi-core, but much faster at Xcode?

The only weird result is the multi core bench. I’m going to chalk it up to form factor - note that the M2 Pro is benching in a Mac Mini but the M2 Max is in a MacBook Pro. If Geekbench is a more sustained benchmark the MacBook Pro might be throttling due to the Mini having better cooling.
 

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Jason's bench results are a bit strange. Leaving aside that single- and multi-core CPU differences between the M2 Pro and Max should be within the margin of error… how is the MBP with M2 Max faster at single-core, slower at multi-core, but much faster at Xcode?
Xcode is perhaps limited by access to RAM, not CPU speed. Max has double the bus speed of the Pro, so can keep the CPU cores better fed.
 

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Engadget's Devindra Hardawar said the new 14-inch MacBook Pro had nearly three hours extra of battery life compared to the previous generation:

This right here is why I leaned towards returning my refurbished 14" M1 Pro to order the M2. Apple always underrates battery life, so I figured those 2 extra efficiency cores would produce a bigger boost than one hour.

3 extra hours unplugged is nothing to scoff at.
 

MayaUser

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It seems the scaling on gpu side is improved...in real apps the M2 Max gpu is at the same level or even higher than Mac Studio M1 Ultra
Also better SSD at the same capacity
 

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terminator-jq

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Overall nice performance bump but Apple will need to make bigger moves to stay ahead of the competition. The original M1 was truly revolutionary and scared the hell out of Intel and AMD but now they have caught up (and surpassed) in terms of power and are catching up in terms of efficiency (especially with AMDs new chip). Looking forward to seeing what Apple can do next.

Perhaps the M3 family will be another big revolutionary step.
 

CarAnalogy

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That speed test doesn’t actually tell us anything except that the reviewer maxed out their internet connection. ISPs often burst up to above your rated speed for a short time, which is what the reviewer states.

6 can already achieve a gigabit wireless connection, a 400 Mbps internet connection is not enough to actually test the throughput difference.
 

foobarbaz

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Xcode is perhaps limited by access to RAM, not CPU speed. Max has double the bus speed of the Pro, so can keep the CPU cores better fed.
The Max has double the memory bandwidth, but only for the GPU, not the CPU. IIRC, it's only something like 20% higher for the CPU.
 
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dmylrea

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These laptops have WAY more power than most people will ever use. The vast majority of the new MacBook Pros will be used to open one app: Chrome :D
Not only can you see into the future (since the new MacBook's aren't released yet), but you're an expert on what "the vast majority" of people will do with them! You should work with a circus -- you could be your own sideshow! "The Amazing SocialWill!" ;)

So many posts from people that seemingly know what "99.8%" or "everyone" or some other exact percentage of people will do with their computer. Arm-chair experts...
 
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