The MacBook Pro M2 update brings two new chips to Apple’s top-spec 14 and 16-inch laptop range. With more power and efficiency than ever, the MacBook Pro is surely the first choice as a mobile workstation for media professionals worldwide.
This update allows a monstrous increase in specs, but be aware that these are pro machines and are certainly priced accordingly.
The MacBook Pro M2 update
With the M2 Pro chip, the MacBook Pro can now support up to 32GB of unified memory with 200GB/s of memory bandwidth and you can run up to two additional displays.
The flagship M2 Max supports a 38-core GPU, 96GB unified memory with 400GB/s memory bandwidth, and up to four external displays.
In addition, the MacBook Pro is more efficient than ever, offering up to 22 hours of battery time without any dropoff in performance. The two models have three different chargers starting with the 67W and 96W USB-C adapters for the 14-inch and the 140W for the 16-inch.
Compared to the Intel MacBook Pro, the 14-inch M2 Pro version provided up to 9.6x faster object tracking performance in Final Cut Pro, while the M2 Max was up to 15.7x faster.
Meanwhile, both the 14-inch M2 Pro and M2 Max offer up to 1.9x faster animation rendering performance in Motion.
Remember folks, these test figures don’t reflect DAW performance, although it is safe to say it should be a considerable increase from the M1 range.
Also, if you aren’t on Apple silicon yet, be sure to check your software compatibility before upgrading.
Pricing and availability:
The MacBook Pro 14-inch is currently available from the Apple store in three configurations.
- M2 Pro 10-Core CPU, 16-Core GPU, 16GB unified memory, 512GB SSD starting at $1999
- M2 Pro 12-Core CPU, 19-Core GPU, 16GB unified memory, 1TB SSD starting at $2499
- M2 Max 12-Core CPU, 30-Core GPU, 32GB unified memory, 1TB SSD starting at $3099
The larger 16-inch version is also currently available in three configurations.
- M2 Pro 12-Core CPU, 19-Core GPU, 16GB unified memory, 512GB SSD starting at $2499
- M2 Pro 12-Core CPU, 19-Core GPU, 16GB unified memory, 1TB SSD starting at $2699
- M2 Max 12-Core CPU, 38-Core GPU, 32GB unified memory, 1TB SSD starting at $3499
More from Apple:
- 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros.: Apple