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Apple unveils new Macbooks and M2 Chipsets

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by its new and faster M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in a surprise launch weeks ahead of its usual schedule.

M2 Pro and M2 Max

Apple announced their M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets with the M2 Pro delivering up to 12-core CPU and up to 19-core GPU with up to 32GB of fast unified memory. The M2 Max utilizes this same CPU but goes a level higher with a 38-core GPU doubling the unified memory bandwidth and up to 96GB of unified memory.

Using the 2nd generation 5nm process technology, the M2 Pro consists of 40 billion transistors, nearly 20% more than the M1 Pro. The M2 Max on the other hand consists of 67 billion transistors, 10 billion more than the M1 Max and 3x more than the M2.

The new chipsets offer a significant increase in performance with hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC and ProRes video encode and decode and much improved battery life of up to 22 hours.

MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16

The MacBook Pro 14 features the same 14.2-inch, mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR notched display pushing a 3024x1964p resolution as that on the 2021 MacBook Pro 14. This includes getting the same 1,000nits of sustained full screen XDR brightness, 1,600nits of peak HDR brightness and 500nits max of SDR brightness, as well as TrueTone, full coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut as well as ProMotion for an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate.

The MacBook Pro 16 also keeps the same notched display with a 16.2-inch, mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display with a 3456x2234p resolution with the same specs as the MacBook Pro 14.

The MacBook Pro 14 comes with the 10-core M2 Pro, while the base model MacBook Pro 16 will have the 12-core M2 Pro instead. The M2 Pro comes with only 16GB and 32GB of memory while the M2 Max with a 30-core GPU comes with 32GB and 64GB of memory. Alternatively, the maxed out M2 Max with 30-core GPU comes with an insane 96GB of memory on the MacBook Pro. Storage options are available from 512GB SSD all the way to 8TB storage.

Other notable improvements are the better connectivity options. Both the MacBook Pro 14 and the MacBook Pro 16 comes with WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 wireless connectivity. Battery life also sees a minor bump with up to 12 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of Apple TV movie playback with the MacBook Pro 14 while the MacBook Pro 16 sees up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 22 hours of Apple TV movie playback.

The MacBook Pro 14 will start at RM8,799 up to RM13,199 while the MacBook Pro 16 starts at RM10,799 up to RM14,799.

M2 Mac Mini

On top of announcing the new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16, Apple also revealed a brand new Mac Mini. With the M2 processor and the more powerful M2 Pro.

The design for the new Mac Mini looks exactly the same as 2020’s M1 Mac Mini, but what’s new is the M2 chip with 8 CPU cores and a 10-core GPU, or the M2 Pro with up to 12 CPU cores and a 19-core GPU and has twice the memory bandwidth of the M2.

While the old M1 Mac Mini was limited to just 16GB of RAM, the M2 Mac Mini is able to go up to 24GB of memory on your mini computer and the M2 Pro variant is able to get up to 32GB memory. As for storage, the vanilla M2 Mac Mini starts at 256GB of SSD storage and tops up at 2TB, while the M2 Pro versions start at 512GB with up to 8TB of storage.

The display output of the M2 Pro variant has been greatly improved, you can get up to three displays output at the same time or one 8K display instead. Other improvements include better wireless connectivity that came with the M2 chips.

The different variants of the M2 Mac Minis come with different I/O ports. The regular M2 Mac Mini comes with a gigabit Ethernet port, a HDMI, two USB-A ports and two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. You can also upgrade the gigabit Ethernet port to a 10GB Ethernet port for RM400 more. Elsewhere, things are mostly the same, with a built-in speaker, a 3.5mm audio jack and support for FaceTime video and audio calls too.

The M2 Mac Mini starts at RM2,499 with 8-Core CPU with 256GB SSDStorage up to RM3,299 with 512GB SSD Storage. The M2 Mac Pro Mac Mini is available at RM5,599 with 10-Core CPU with 512GB SSD Storage.


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