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Apple upgrades 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Apple M2 Pro and Apple M2 Max chipsets

The MacBook Pro recipe remains unchanged for another product cycle. (Image source: Apple)
The MacBook Pro recipe remains unchanged for another product cycle. (Image source: Apple)
Apple has upgraded its flagship pair of laptops. The MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 are now available with the M2 Pro and M2 Max, which add HDMI 2.1, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and slightly better battery life, among other minor changes.

Apple has refreshed the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro series. Like last year's MacBook Pro 13, the latest MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 are visually indistinguishable from their predecessors. Additionally, the pair appear to carry over their predecessor's Mini LED displays, which operate at 120 Hz with 1,600-nit peak brightness. The notch also returns, as does the Space Grey and Silver colourways.

In short, Apple has swapped the M1 Pro and M1 Max for the M2 Pro and M2 Max. Please see our dedicated article for how Apple's latest in-house chipsets compared against their Apple M1 generation predecessors. Unsurprisingly, the adoption of newer processors brings CPU and GPU performance benefits to the MacBook Pro family.

(Image source: Apple)
(Image source: Apple)

However, these M2 Pro and M2 Max refreshes introduce Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, plus HDMI 2.1 ports that can drive 8K displays at 60 Hz. Battery capacities remain at 70 Wh and 100 Wh, as do 67 W, 96 W and 140 W charging speeds, depending on the model chosen. Supposedly, the M2 Pro and M2 Max are more energy efficient than their predecessors though, with 1-hour longer movie playback and web browsing official estimates for both models.  

The new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 are orderable now in multiple markets, including the Eurozone, UK and the US. Seemingly, shipments will start on January 23 or January 24, although different dates could apply in some regions. As always, Apple allows people to freely configure either machine, with several memory and processor options available. The company offers three pre-configured units per model, which are as follows:

  • MacBook Pro 14

    • US$1,999 - M2 Pro (10-core CPU/16-core GPU), 16 GB unified memory, 512 GB SSD
    • US$2,499 - M2 Pro (12-core CPU/19-core GPU), 16 GB unified memory, 1 TB SSD
    • US$3,099 - M2 Max (12-core CPU/30-core GPU), 32 GB unified memory, 1 TB SSD

  • MacBook Pro 16

    • US$2,499 - M2 Pro (12-core CPU/19-core GPU), 16 GB unified memory, 512 GB SSD
    • US$2,699 - M2 Pro (12-core CPU/19-core GPU), 16 GB unified memory, 1 TB SSD
    • US$3,499 - M2 Max (12-core CPU/38-core GPU), 32 GB unified memory, 1 TB SSD

(Image source: Apple)
(Image source: Apple)

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Alex Alderson, 2023-01-17 (Update: 2023-01-17)