As predicted by recent rumours, Apple has overnight announced updates to the MacBook Pro and Mac mini line including new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.
Building on the unprecedented power efficiency of Apple silicon, battery life on MacBook Pro is now up to 22 hours — the longest battery life ever in a Mac.2 For enhanced connectivity, the new MacBook Pro supports Wi-Fi 6E,3 which is up to twice as fast as the previous generation, as well as advanced HDMI, which supports 8K displays for the first time. With up to 96GB of unified memory in the M2 Max model, creators can work on scenes so large that PC laptops can’t even run them.Apple Newsroom
The MacBook Pro gets a reasonable spec bump this time around, with the M2 models offering up to 12-core CPUs, 38-core GPUs and 96GB of unified memory.
Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro delivers faster performance, even more unified memory, and advanced connectivity, including support for up to two displays on the M2 model, and up to three displays on the M2 Pro model.Apple Newsroom
In light of recent rumours that work on an iMac with a larger display has been paused again, Apple says the mini can be “paired with Studio Display and Magic accessories” to make a “phenomenal desktop experience that will take users’ productivity and creativity to the next level.”
It’s also exciting to see the mini get the M2 Pro chip. The M1 Pro chip was never made available on the first iteration of the Apple Silicon mini.
There’s still no word on the promised Apple Silicon Mac Pro – but given today’s announcement was meant to be made late last year, it seems Apple’s running behind schedule.
The updated models are available for purchase now, but shipping times will vary depending on your country. They’ll ship starting January 24 in the US, but for those in the Asia-Pacific region (countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, and New Zealand) won’t be available until Feb 3.