Apple MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors launched in India
All MacBook loyalists out there, read on!
Apple has officially set the ball rolling for 2023 with its first new offerings for the year – the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models featuring M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. These new chipsets replace the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors respectively, and also further mark Apple’s shift away from Intel processors in its products.
Apple M2 Pro processor
Th M2 Pro processor features either a 10 or a 12-core CPU with up to eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, resulting in performance at least 20% faster than the M1 Pro. The M2 Pro model features 200GB of unified memory bandwidth and up to 32GB of unified memory, allowing for users to work on large projects and run multiple pro apps with ease.
Furthermore, the GPU has up to 19 cores, which delivers 30% better graphics performance, while the Neural Engine is 40% faster, allowing for machine learning tasks such as video analysis and image processing to happen much faster. All of this, while consuming extremely little power.
The same allows for rendering titles and animations in Motion to occur up to 80% faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro currently on sale, and 20% faster than the previous generation M1 Pro processor. Image processing in Adobe suite apps on the other hand, is now up to 40% faster than the M1 Pro processor.
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Apple M2 Max processor
The M2 Max processor has a 12-core CPU with up to eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores which deliver up to 20% greater performance over the M1 Max, as well as a more powerful media engine than M2 Pro, with twice the ProRes, helping speed up media playback and transcoding.
It also has a much larger GPU with up to 38 cores, resulting in 30% faster graphics performance than the M1 Max. Furthermore, it has 400GB of unified memory bandwidth, twice that of the M2 Pro. The 96GB of unified memory enables performing graphics intensive tasks with ease, including creating scenes with extreme 3D geometry and textures, or merging massive photographic panoramas.
Apple MacBook Pro key specifications
The MacBook Pro models with the M2 Pro and M2 Max processors can be had with either a 512GB or a 1TB SSD. In terms of RAM, the M2 Pro models feature 16GB of RAM, while the M2 Max models feature 32GB of RAM. Both devices run macOS Ventura operating system straight out-of-the-box, and feature a backlit magic keyboard with Touch ID, ambient light sensor, force touch trackpads and pressure-sensing capabilities.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro is powered by 70-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery with up to 18 hours of Apple TV playback and up to 12 hours of wireless web connectivity, with a 67W USB-C Power Adapter included with the M2 Pro model with the 10-core CPU, and a 96W USB-C Power Adapter included with the 12-core M2 Pro model, as well as the M2 Max model.
The 16-inch model, on the other hand, features a 100-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery with up to 22 hours of Apple TV playback and up to 15 hours wireless web connectivity and comes with a 140W USB-C Power Adapter, and USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable included.
The two new models feature a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with a resolution of 3024 × 1964 pixels and a 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with a resolution of 3456 × 2234 pixels respectively. Both devices’ displays sport 254 pixels per inch, ProMotion technology for adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz, up to 1,600 nits peak brightness, and a 10,00,000:1 contrast ratio.
In terms of connectivity, both models feature support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, with as well as a studio‑quality three-mic array, a 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones, and a high fidelity six-speaker sound system with force-cancelling woofers, and wide stereo sound with support for spatial audio.
Furthermore, both the 14-inch and 16-inch models are also offered with three Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C slots with support for Charging, and file transfer, an SDXC card slot, an HDMI 2.1 port, and a MagSafe 3 port. The devices feature HDMI support for 8K displays up to 60Hz and 4K displays up to 240Hz.
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MacBook Pro pricing and availability
The new MacBook Pro Models are available in two colours - space grey and silver, with prices starting at Rs 1,99,900 for the plain-vanilla 14-inch M2 Pro model with the 10-Core CPU and 16-core GPU with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, and going up all the way to Rs 3,49,900 for the fully-loaded 16-inch model with M2 Max processor with the 12-core CPU and 38 core GPU featuring 32GB RAM and a 1TB SSD.
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