The next-generation 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are now available.
The announcement of Apple’s 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max was finally made today. Even though it was merely a press release and a video and not a major production at Cupertino, there is still a great deal to process.
Since the release of the outstanding MacBook Pro 14 with M1 Pro 15 months ago, the MacBook Air M2 and 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 have been introduced. The M2 Pro and M2 Max-powered MacBook Pros have been the subject of rumors for months, but they are finally here.
Here are the most important characteristics of the MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max.
Price for MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max
The good news is that Apple is essentially maintaining the same pricing as with the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros of the previous generation, but the bad news is that it’s still not cheap. The 14-inch, 10-core M2 Pro with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD) costs $1,999. The 12-core, 16-inch M2 Pro with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive costs $2,499.
Here is a price breakdown of the most popular models.
- 14-inch M2 Pro 10-core CPU/16-core GPU/16GB RAM/512GB SSD: $1,999
- 14-inch M2 Pro 12-core CPU/19-core GPU/16GB RAM/1TB SSD: $2,499
- 14-inch M2 Max 12-core CPU/30-core GPU/32GB RAM/1TB SSD: $3,099
- 16-inch M2 Pro 12-core CPU/19-core GPU/16GB RAM/512GB SSD: $2,499
- 16-inch M2 Pro 12-core CPU/19-core GPU/16GB RAM/1TB SSD: $2,699
- 16-inch M2 Max 12-core CPU/38-core GPU/32GB RAM/1TB SSD: $3,499
Date of release for MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max
The new MacBook Pros are available for pre-order today, with shipping and retail availability beginning on Tuesday, January 24.
Specs for MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max
|MacBook Pro 14-inch||MacBook Pro 16-inch|
|CPU||M2 Pro/M2 Max|
|GPU||M2 Pro/M2 Max|
|Display||14.2-inch (3024×1964) 120Hz Liquid Retina XDR||16.2-inch (3456×2234) 120Hz Liquid Retina XDR|
|Size||12.3 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches||14 x 9.78 x 0.66 inches|
|Weight||3.5 pounds||4.7 pounds|
Ports on MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max
Similar to the rest of the exterior of the new MacBook Pros, the port configuration has not changed. Three ThunderBolt 4/USB 4 ports, an HDMI port, a MagSafe 3 port, an SDXC memory card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack are available.
Battery life for MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max
The new MacBook Pros will need to be tested in our labs before we can determine their battery life, but given that they have dominated our laptops with the longest battery life since the switch to Apple Silicon, there is ample reason to believe that these will also deliver.
Apple claims the 14-inch MacBook Pro will support 18 hours of Apple TV app movie playback, while the 16-inch model will support 22 hours. This represents a one-hour increase for each model.
In our testing, the claimed 17 hours and 21 hours for the 14-inch and 16-inch models on the previous generation translated to 14 hours and 8 minutes and 15 hours and 31 minutes. Apple’s claims are always centered on the more battery-friendly Pro chips, with the exception of the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max processor.
While both of these laptops should easily outperform the average in their respective categories, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the M2 MacBook Air, which lasted 14 hours and 6 minutes less than the M1 MacBook Air. Apple may not be able to live up to its claim of “longest battery life ever for a Mac” if the new MacBook Pros follow the same trajectory.
Performance of MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max
While we did see leaked M2 Max benchmarks last month, we’ll need to wait until we receive the laptops in our labs for a final verdict on performance. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what Apple has to say about the power of its new chips.
Apple announces these new laptops with the claim that their performance is up to six times faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro. For that keeping score at home, the quickest Intel-based MacBook Pro was the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with a 9th Generation Intel core i9 processor. That is a far cry from the Intel 13th Generation CPUs that are shipping this quarter, so Apple set a ridiculously low bar for it to clear.
Apple is obviously trying to prevent MacBook Pro owners who haven’t upgraded to an Apple Silicon laptop from switching to a Windows laptop, but that doesn’t make the comparison any less ridiculous.
Apple does not make any other comparisons between M2 Pro/Max and Intel 13th Gen or AMD chips, but those of you who aren’t locked into macOS or Windows can rest assured that there will be future comparisons on this subject.
Apple does provide some upgrades in comparison to M1 Pro and M1 Max. Starting with M2 Pro, 10- or 12-core CPUs in the new chips contain as many as eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores, delivering up to 20% more performance than M1 Pro. On the GPU side, M2 Pro’s up to 19 cores provide a 30% boost, while the new Neural Engine is 40% quicker. The latter should expedite the processing of video and images.
All M2 Max processors are 12-core, with eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. Again, this is a 20% increase from M1 Max. The GPU receives the same 30% increase as the M1 Max, with up to 38 cores and 96GB of unified memory. M2 Max naturally aims for a 30% performance boost for color grading in DaVinci Resolve and rendering of effects in Cinema 4D.
Despite the fact that some may be dissatisfied with the lack of exterior updates, it never seemed likely given the massive redesign of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros that came before.
Turning to what’s inside the new models, it all sounds great on paper, and our previous experiences with Apple Silicon suggest that this will translate to real-world performance, but you’ll have to wait for our review to find out. If you have been patiently waiting for the new MacBook Pros, your wait is nearly over. You can preorder the MacBook Pro M2 Pro or M2 Max immediately, or you can wait for our review to help you decide if you need the newest and greatest model, or if you’d be better off finding a great deal on an M1 Pro or M2 Max.