Apple has just announced the 2023 MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch models, as well as the Mac mini, with the new Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. MacBooks get updated connectivity options, and the Mac mini starts at a lower price.
2023 MacBook Pro
The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros can now be equipped with the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which are said to provide up to 20% faster CPU performance and 30% faster GPU performance than the previous-generation M1 variants.
You can choose from three preset configuration options for two sizes, or you can configure your own processor, memory, and storage.
M2 Pro and M2 Max processors are available. The M2 Pro is available with either a 10-core CPU and a 16-core GPU or a 12-core CPU and a 19-core GPU. Meanwhile, the M2 Max is available with a 12-core CPU and a 30-core GPU, or a 12-core CPU and a 38-core GPU.
The M2 Pro chip is used in the MacBook Pro 2023, which comes in 16GB and 32GB RAM configurations. Meanwhile, the M2 Max comes with 32GB, 64GB, and 96GB of RAM. You can also customize the built-in flash storage from 512GB to 8TB. The cheapest variant includes 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage.
The new chip also aids the battery life of the MacBook Pro 2023. The 14-inch model, in particular, allows for 18 hours of video playback and 12 hours of wireless web browsing. Meanwhile, the 16-inch model has a video playback time of 22 hours and a wireless web browsing time of 15 hours. Improved connectivity options are also new on the MacBook Pro models. Wi-Fi 6E is now available for faster wireless connections, and HDMI has been upgraded to the 2.1 standard, which supports up to 8K at 60Hz and 4K at 240Hz.
The 2023 14-inch MacBook Pro is available in $1999, $2499, and $3099 configurations, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro is available in $2499, $2699, and $3499 configurations. Through the Apple online store, all models can be configured with all options.
The new Mac mini
On the desktop side, the new Mac mini now includes M2 and M2 Pro processors. It also has a lower starting price of $599 right now. As a result, Apple eventually discontinued production of the old Intel-based variant.
For the $599 and $799 models, the Mac mini has an M2 processor with an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU. Both come standard with 8 GB of RAM. There are also 16GB and 24GB options.
The $1,299 model comes standard with the M2 Pro chip, which has a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU but can be configured with a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU variant. It comes standard with 16GB of RAM and can be upgraded to 32GB. The M2 models can be configured with up to 2TB of storage, whereas the M2 Pro model can be configured with up to 8TB of storage. The Mac mini does not support M2 Max.
Wi-Fi 6E is standard on all new Mac mini models. The M2 Pro model also includes a new HDMI 2.1 port as well as four Thunderbolt 4 ports as opposed to the M2 models’ two.
As previously stated, the older Intel variant was eventually discontinued, leaving the Mac Pro as the only Apple desktop computer that uses Intel chips. There is currently no information about a Mac Pro version that uses Apple’s chip.