Somewhat surprisingly, Apple has just unveiled the new MacBook Pro (2023), which comes in a 14- and a 16-inch variant. The successors of the Pro model from 2021 also rely on brand-new SoCs: the M2 Pro and M2 Max.
MacBook Pro (2023): All the info in detail
Up to six times faster performance compared to fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro is supposed to be offered by the new MacBook Pro (2023), which comes with up to 96 gigabytes of unified memory.
While the M1 Pro and M1 Max were already real workhorses in the previous models, Apple is not equipping the new models with its own M2 chip, but is also launching the new M2 Pro and M2 Max variants here.
Apple M2 Pro
The M2 Pro is the slower of the two new chips – but even this should still provide impressive performance, thanks to which even editing 8K videos shouldn’t be a problem.
The SoC combines eight performance cores with four efficiency cores and thus has two more efficiency cores than the M1 Pro. According to Apple, this should result in up to 20% higher performance.
In addition, there is up to 32 GB of shared RAM, a graphics unit with up to 19 cores and a memory bandwidth of 200 GB/s, twice as much as in the case of the M2. The Neural Engine, which is responsible for AI calculations, is also supposed to work a whopping 40 percent faster. This should, for example, make image processing in Adobe Photoshop up to 40 percent faster than in the case of the MaxBook Pro (2021) with M1 Pro.
Apple M2 Max
The M2 Max steps it up another notch. This one offers the same twelve processing cores, but relies on up to 38 GPU cores – six more than in the case of the predecessor M1 Max. In addition, there is up to 96 GB of working memory and a memory bandwidth of an incredible 400 GB/s. This is rounded off by up to 8 terabytes of SSD storage.
The MacBook Pro (2023) display
In contrast, there are hardly any noteworthy innovations in the general design of the MacBook Pro (2023) and the display. Depending on the variant, a 14-inch or 16-inch mini-LED display (Liquid Retina XDR) is used, which gets up to 1,600 nits bright at its peak.
A 1080p webcam is once again located in the center of a notch. The large trackpad and backlit keyboard are also carried over, as are the silver and space gray colors.
Increased battery life
Due to the increased number of efficiency cores, the battery life of the MacBook Pro (2023) also increases. The 14-incher is said to be capable of up to 18 hours of video playback or up to 12 hours of wireless browsing. The 16-inch model is even supposed to get 22 hours, respectively 15 hours of surfing.
The selection of ports remains almost untouched. Both of the MacBook Pro (2023) models offer HDMI, three times USB Type-C (all three including Thunderbolt 4), a MagSafe port for charging, an SDXC card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Fast Wi-Fi 6E is also now supported.
MacBook Pro (2023): Price and Availability
The MacBook Pro (2023) is available to order now directly from Apple’s website and is scheduled to begin shipping on January 24, 2023. Prices start at 2,399.00 euros for the MacBook Pro 14 with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. The maximum price is 3,699.00 Euros.
The 16-inch model starts at 2,999.00 euros and costs a whopping 4,149.00 euros at its peak with a 38-core GPU, 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of system storage. If you then go up to 96 GB RAM and 8 TB SSD storage, 7,599.00 Euros are due without software.