Apple announces next-generation SoC 'M2 Pro' and 'M2 Max', new MacBook Pro & Mac mini also appeared

On January 17, 2023, Apple announced the next-generation SoC ' M2 Pro ' and ' M2 Max '. Along with this, the new ' Mac mini ' equipped with M2 / M2 Pro and the new ' MacBook Pro ' equipped with M2 Pro / Max have also appeared.

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◆M2 Pro & M2 Max
The M2 Pro and M2 Max deliver industry-leading performance-per-watt, making the M2 Max the world's most powerful and power-efficient SoC for professional notebooks.

The M2 Pro is an SoC that scales up the M2 architecture, with a maximum of 12-core CPU, a maximum of 19-core GPU, and a maximum of 32GB of high-speed unified memory. Made using the second generation 5nm process technology, the M2 Pro has 40 billion transistors, about 20% more than the M1 Pro and about twice as many as the M2. In addition, the unified memory has a memory bandwidth of 200GB/s, which is twice that of M2. The next-generation 10- or 12-core CPU consists of up to 8 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores, delivering up to 20% faster multi-threaded CPU performance than the M1 Pro's 10-core CPU. increase.

The M2 Max features a GPU with up to 38 cores, doubled unified memory bandwidth and up to 96GB unified memory. The number of transistors is 67 billion, 10 billion more than M1 Max, and the memory bandwidth of unified memory reaches 400 GB / s, which is twice that of M2 Pro and four times that of M2. This makes it possible to open data with a large file size instantly, and applications with high loads for professionals can operate smoothly. The CPU is the same 12 cores as the M2 Pro.

In addition, the M2 Pro and M2 Max are equipped with the next-generation 16-core Neural Engine, capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second. This is said to be up to 40% faster than the previous generation Neural Engine. The M2 Pro also features a powerful and efficient media engine for hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, and ProRes video encoding/decoding, enabling 8K multiple ProRes at very little power. A video stream can also be played. The M2 Max has two video encoding engines and two ProRes engines, so you can encode video up to twice as fast as the M2 Pro. Other features include an image signal processor that leverages computational video in conjunction with the Neural Engine to improve camera image quality while delivering superior noise reduction, and a next-generation Secure Video Processor for best-in-class security. Custom technology such as Enclave is also adopted.

When running heavy workloads with apps like Adobe Photoshop, the M2 Pro-equipped MacBook Pro performs 40% faster than the M1 Pro-equipped MacBook Pro, and performs better than the Intel Core i9-equipped MacBook Pro. 80% faster.

When compiling in Xcode, the MacBook Pro with M2 Pro performs 25% faster than the MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and 2.5 times faster than the MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9.

New MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max
A new MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max was also announced. The unprecedented power efficiency of the M2 Pro and M2 Max enables up to 22 hours of battery life, making it the longest battery life in Mac history. In addition, evolution other than SoC is remarkable, such as supporting Wi-Fi 6E, which is up to twice as fast as the previous generation, and supporting 8K display for the first time with advanced HDMI.

14-inch and 16-inch display sizes

MacBook Pro features three Thunderbolt 4 ports, MagSafe 3 charging, and a headphone jack that supports high-impedance headphones for high-speed peripheral connectivity.

In addition, it also has an SDXC card slot and an HDMI port that supports output to 8K/60Hz displays and 4K/240Hz displays.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros are available for pre-order starting January 17, 2023 and will be available on Friday, February 3rd. The 14-inch model starts at 288,800 yen including tax, and the 16-inch model starts at 348,800 yen including tax.

New Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro
There's also a new Mac mini with the M2 or M2 Pro. In particular, the M2 Pro-equipped model will bring professional-level performance to the Mac mini for the first time, so it has realized a high-performance workflow that could not be imagined with a computer of such a compact size. The M2 model can output video to up to 2 displays, and the M2 Pro model can output video to up to 3 displays.

The M2 model has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and supports up to two displays.

The M2 Pro model features four Thunderbolt 4 ports, supporting up to three displays, and is also the first Mac to output to a single 8K display.

Both models also feature two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port (10GB option available), and a headphone jack that has been upgraded to support high-impedance headphones.

Mac mini can be combined with Studio Display and Magic accessories to create an amazing desktop experience. The Studio Display is a spacious 27-inch 5K Retina display with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with center frame, a studio-quality 3-mic array, and a 6-speaker sound system for spatial audio, making it the best Mac desktop. Apple appeals when the setup experience is complete.

The new Mac mini will also be available for pre-order from January 17, 2023, and will be released on February 3 (Friday). The M2 model will be sold from 84,800 yen including tax, and the M2 Pro model will be sold from 184,800 yen including tax.

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