Written by Nick Heer.

M2 Mac Mini and MacBook Pro Updates

Apple:

Apple today announced M2 Pro and M2 Max, two next-generation SoCs (systems on a chip) that take the breakthrough power-efficient performance of Apple silicon to new heights. M2 Pro scales up the architecture of M2 to deliver an up to 12-core CPU and up to 19-core GPU, together with up to 32GB of fast unified memory. M2 Max builds on the capabilities of M2 Pro, including an up to 38-core GPU, double the unified memory bandwidth, and up to 96GB of unified memory. Its industry-leading performance per watt makes it the world’s most powerful and power-efficient chip for a pro laptop. […]

As rumoured, today brought some new Macs. The M2 and M2 Pro Mac Minis replace the Intel and M1 Mac Mini models, and there are some new versions of the MacBook Pro, too.

In addition to the above press release, these new chips were introduced in a mini keynote-style video. It includes a couple of fun videos showing how these new Macs perform with real-world users.

Yining Karl Li:

Last month, Apple asked Sam Cannon, Matt Puchala, and I what we could each make on the new M2 Max MacBook Pro on a single battery cycle. This was super fun and working with Sam and Matt and was super inspirational!

I am interested to see how these Macs perform absent the context of an Apple ad. Based on the difference between the standard M1 and M2, it seems like the advantages may perhaps be in efficiency more than they are in pure performance.

Stay tuned; I hear this is not the only Apple announcement for the week.