New MacBook Pro Coming: Apple Will Release New Laptops Equipped With ‘M2’
Apple is launching a new line of MacBook Pros next week as the tech giant continues to push hardware with its own custom processing chips. The MacBook Pro laptops will be available for pre-order on Monday, the company announced, and will launch on January 24. The MacBooks start at $1,999.
The laptops will feature Apple’s newest M2 Pro and M2 Max “systems on a chip,” which the company said will provide increased power and efficiency.
“MacBook Pro with Apple silicon has been a game changer, empowering pros to push the limits of their workflows while on the go and do things they never thought possible on a laptop,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a statement Monday.
Apple faster M2 chips, powerful laptops
The Mac mini starts at $599, cheaper than the latest iPhone 14 series, and is available from Jan. 24. MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch with the latest chips start at $1,999, compared with the $1,299 price tag of a 13-inch model fitted with the M2 chip.
Apple’s latest chips are upgrades to the M2 chip launched last year and a part of the company’s efforts to rely more on chips designed in-house after it moved away from using Intel’s technology in 2020 following 15 years of collaboration.
The M2 Pro has nearly 20% more transistors than the M1 Pro and double the amount in M2, helping programs like Adobe Photoshop run heavy workloads “faster than ever”, Apple said.
The new processing chips offer a significant increase in performance compared to models of the MacBook Pro that run on Intel chips.
For example, the MacBook running on an M2 Pro chip can process images in Adobe Photoshop 80% faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook, Apple said. It’s also 40% faster than MacBooks with the earlier M1 Pro chip.
The new MacBooks also support the latest Wi-Fi standard for faster wireless connectivity and an advanced HDMI port for 8K displays.
How much are the new MacBook Pros?
They are not cheap. The 14-inch model with the M2 Pro starts at $1,999, but shoot up quickly in cost depending on the chip, screen size and other factors.
For example, a MacBook Pro with a 16-inch screen, M2 Max chip and 1 terabyte of SSD storage costs $3,499. Add more SSD storage and unified memory support, and the MacBook sets you back $6,499.
(With Inputs From Agencies)