As reported previously, Apple has announced updates to its future Mac lineup starting by unveiling the M2 Pro and M2 Max SoC at its newsroom.
Apple Officially Unveils M2 Pro and M2 Max
Apple today unveiled the M2 Pro and M2 Max, two next-generation SoCs (systems on a chip) that push the boundaries of Apple silicon’s ground-breaking power efficiency. M2 Pro extends up the M2 architecture to provide up to 32GB of rapid unified memory, a 12-core CPU, and a 19-core GPU. With up to 38 GPU cores, twice the unified memory bandwidth, and up to 96GB of unified memory, M2 Max expands on the features of the M2 Pro.
Only Apple is building SoCs like M2 Pro and M2 Max. They deliver incredible pro performance along with industry-leading power efficiency.
With an even more powerful CPU and GPU, support for a larger unified memory system, and an advanced media engine, M2 Pro and M2 Max represent astonishing advancements in Apple silicon.
-Johny Srouji Apple SVP Hardware
M2 Pro, which was created utilizing Apple a second-generation 5-nanometer manufacturing technology, has 40 billion transistors, which is twice as many as M2 and about 20% more than M1 Pro. It has up to 32GB of low-latency unified memory and 200GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, which is twice as much as M2. With up to eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores per next-generation 10 or 12-core CPU, multithreaded CPU performance will be up to 20% quicker than that of the 10-core CPU in the M1 Pro.
The next-generation 12-core CPU in M2 Max is the same as in M2 Pro. With up to 38 cores and a bigger L2 cache, the GPU is much more potent. Graphics performance may increase up to 30% above M1 Max. The new MacBook Pro with M2 Max has 96GB of RAM and can work on graphics-intensive tasks that competitor systems couldn’t even handle (according to Apple).
Apple’s strict energy efficiency requirements are met by the new MacBook Pro and Mac mini thanks to M2 Pro and M2 Max. The new MacBook Pro has the greatest battery life ever for a Mac, lasting up to 22 hours, thanks to the power-efficient performance of Apple silicon. As a consequence, it requires less time to be plugged in and uses less energy overall.
Be aware that the M2 Max chip’s 12-core CPU and 38-core GPU variants are not offered for the basic model. To receive the premium version of the chip, you will need to pay more. All versions of the M2 Max chip have a 12-core CPU, and the only difference is the amount of GPU cores.