Apple has unveiled a version of its MacBook Pro that it claims is the longest-lasting Mac computer ever, along with the first Mac Mini to be equipped with a professional-grade processor, in a rare January product launch.
Heralded as flagship devices for the tech giant’s latest in-house M2 chips, the M2 Pro and M2 Max are supercharged versions of last year’s M2, which itself was the second generation of Apple’s own system-on-a-chip design that spun off the company of Intel and enabled more powerful and efficient Macs and iPads.
Apple claims the graphics power of these new chips is 30 percent better than their M1 counterparts, and the M2 Max can be configured with up to 96GB of blazing-fast memory.
The new MacBook Pro machines come in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes and can be configured with any of the new processors. Apple claims that the largest model has the best battery life for a Mac; up to 22 hours. They’re on sale now and run anywhere from $3,200 to $10,100, depending on configuration.
Meanwhile, a new Mac Mini, which is a small desktop computer, has been upgraded with the standard M2 (starting at $1,000) or the M2 Pro option (starting at $2,000). A maxed-out Mac Mini, with a 12-core CPU, 19-core GPU, 32GB of RAM, and 8TB of storage could be a serious productivity or creativity machine, and it would cost $6800.
The new Macs bolster a product line that brought in $40.2 billion ($57.5 billion) last year, accounting for more than 10 percent of the tech giant’s revenue.
The company also plans to bring a variation of the M2 chip to its high-end Mac Pro desktop computer later this year. And Apple is working on new versions of the MacBook Air, including a larger model with a 15-inch screen.
In particular, the release of a Mac Mini with a faster M2 Pro chip has allowed the company to discontinue one of its last remaining models with Intel chips. This week, the company also stopped selling a high-end Mac Mini with a non-Apple processor. The only Intel machine in Apple’s lineup is now the Mac Pro desktop computer.