Apple has surprised the industry with an early announcement of its latest chips in the new MacBook Pro. The company has also introduced a new Mac mini with a new M2 and M2 Pro chip option (see here).
The new MacBook features either a new M2 Pro with up to 12-cores on the CPU, 19-cores on the GPU, and up to 32GB of unified memory. That configuration features a 200GB/s memory bandwidth. The M2 Max keeps to 12-cores on the CPU side, delivers up to 38-cores on the GPU, and up to 96GB of unified memory, plus doubles the memory bandwidth to 400GB/s.
Apple is touting the new M2 Max, the most powerful and efficient chip ever in a professional laptop computer. The New MacBook comes in 14-inch and 16-inch models, and each can be configured with the two chip options.
The new 16-inch model has the longest battery life ever in a Mac—22 hours of video playback. You can watch movies on the battery on a flight from the US to Singapore with no problem.
We won’t cover all the other details on this new MacBook, as you can find them all here at Apple.
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The new M2 Max configurations are truly compelling in terms of what a mobile workstation could be. With nearly 100 GB of unified memory and up to 8TB of storage when paired with the M2 Max SoC Apple Silicon processor, you have all the firepower you could ever want to do truly heavy work with CAD, 3D software, BIM, photography, and film and special effects editing solutions.
You can take the unified memory from 32 GB to 64 GB for USD 400 or double that for double the cost. Both configurations would be ideal for CAD?BIM or 3D users on the Mac platform, not to mention having enough memory for running Windows in a virtual machine.