Apple’s New M2 MacBook Pro: Worth The Upgrade?

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New year, new releases!

Apple just announced its new M2 and M2 Max MacBook Pro laptops, along with a new M2 Pro chip for the next MacBook Pro. The Apple laptops are getting bigger internal updates after a long time! The battery life is about 22 hours on a single charge.

The M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro

We’re excited about the release of Apple’s hardware: the M2 Max MacBook Pro and the M2 Pro MacBook Pro. The former will replace its predecessor, the M1 MacBook Pro, part of Apple’s previous line of laptop computers. The latter is an updated version of that computer with a larger screen and a more powerful processor.

The M2 Max is intended to be used by creatives in various industries—from animators to video editors—who want something portable but also need incredible processing power to do their job well (or who want something smaller than a desktop). It has a 14- or 16-inch display and comes with up to 96GB of RAM; this means it can handle heavier workloads than your average laptop (although it’ll still struggle if you’re running multiple Adobe programs at once). If you’re looking for a new work-from-home space along with a new computer, read this guide for the best home office essentials for your day-to-day job.  

M2 chips and tech specifications

First, Apple just announced two new pieces of hardware: the M2 Max chip and the M2 Pro chip. The previous laptop is only available in a 13-inch model, while the latter will come in 14- and 16-inch models.

The surprising news today was the M2 chip. The external features of the MacBook look similar to its predecessor model, but offers some notable upgrades over what we’ve seen before: higher performance thanks largely to its improved internal chip, battery life, RAM storage, and more.

Both laptops will be powered by an M2 chip with 10-core or 12- core CPU and up to eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores. That’s a significant upgrade over last year’s model’s 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU.

An improved and powerful performance

The M2 chip will be the heart of Apple’s new MacBook Pro, with 10-core or 12-core CPU and up to eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores. This will give you a lot of power in a small package: You can edit 4K video on this thing, stream it straight to YouTube, and then upload it all with ease.

You’ll also find Touch ID on this new MacBook Pro—you know, just in case you’re still using Touch ID for anything other than unlocking your phone (which you shouldn’t be).

The Magic Keyboard is backlit again now that Apple has removed the butterfly mechanism from its keyboards; these keys have 1.7mm of travel (the same as previous models), which may seem like nothing but feels surprisingly good when typing quickly.

A longer battery life for your workday

Apple’s new M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro are equipped with the world’s most powerful and efficient chip for a pro laptop. This means that you can tackle graphic-intensive programs and applications without sacrificing battery life. The batteries on these models last up to 22 hours on a single charge, which is longer than previous models.

Pricing for the M2 MacBook Pro models

Apple’s new line of M2 MacBook Pros will launch on January 24, starting at $1,999 for the 14″ Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and $2,499 for the 16″ Macbook Pro with M2 Pro. The new MacBook Pro features a 6x faster performance than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro, so we are looking forward to this new release.

Our final thoughts

So what does this mean for you? If you’re looking for a new laptop, these are some of the best options out there. Apple’s new M2 line of MacBook Pros has hefty graphics and a battery life that your workday can depend on. We can’t wait for the next line of MacBook Pros with an M2 Pro chip and an M2 Max chip to arrive on January 24th! If you’re looking to improve your Apple work environment, check out our tips on how to implement Apple iPhone’s iOS 16 features into your workday.

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