There’s no shortage of hyperbole to describe Apple and its products. In the last few years, we’ve all come to associate their incredibly portable, aesthetically-pleasing products with unparalleled performance—especially since the introduction of Apple silicon. In other words, they’ve set the bar pretty high for tech devices. And now, they’ve set it even higher with the launch of the Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max.
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Apple’s next-generation pro silicon devices, the brand new 14- and 16-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max, are now the world’s most powerful, power-efficient pro laptops. Both devices are able to handle demanding tasks like effects rendering up to six times faster than an Intel-based Macbook Pro, while running other graphic-intensive tasks in the background. Imagine being able to render an 8k video timeline on Adobe Premiere Pro while editing a RAW image in Adobe Photoshop with a battery life of up to 22 hours. And that’s not all. The M2 Max model, with up to 96GB of unified memory, is capable of rendering 3D scenes larger than any PC laptops are currently capable of. It’s every creative’s dream. And it’s all thanks to the unprecedented power efficiency of Apple silicon.
Indeed, the 14- and 16-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max are power-packed devices that offer creatives the unprecedented ability to create multiple complex renders at once as well as the flexibility to do so anywhere, anytime. Below, we list all the reasons why you should go and grab this new device.
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Apple Silicon Chips
By now, we’re all aware of just how groundbreaking Apple silicon is. So it should come as no surprise that its second-generation chips, the M2 Pro and M2 Max, have become industry-leading technologies seemingly overnight – both of which were designed with more CPU and GPU cores, more unified memory and significantly more memory bandwidth than M2.
The Max Pro offers up to 32GB of memory and up to a 12-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, as well as up to 19-core GPU. The M2 Max ups the ante even more with up to 96GB of memory. It has the same 12-core CPU complex as the M2 Pro and doubles its GPU, resulting in up to 30-percent faster GPU performance compared to the M1 Max. It also has quadruple the bandwidth of M2, making it the world’s most powerful and efficient chip for a pro laptop.
What this means is that you’ll get substantially better performance alongside greater power efficiency. For instance, you’d be able to process 3D renders on a single charge during long flights, and seamlessly play back multiple streams of 4K and 8K ProRes video while preserving CPU and GPU power for tasks like colour-grading and animations.
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In 2022, Apple introduced its Studio Display featuring a 5K Retina display, 600 nits brightness and support for 1 billion colours, which made it one of the most desirable computer monitors on the market. The only caveat is its size, ironically, because this is exactly what makes it covetable. Here’s where the new Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max comes in. With its Liquid Retina XDR display featuring ProMotion technology, extreme dynamic range, exquisite contrast, support for 1 billion colours as well as sustained brightness of 1000 nits, it offers a similarly enjoyable experience as the Studio Display. This also makes the 14- and 16-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max the best laptop display currently on the market.
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We may have the best device that money can buy, but it’s practically pointless if the battery runs out before our day comes to an end. Thankfully, the new 14- and 16-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max offers 18 and 22 hours of battery life, respectively. What this means is that you can have a fully productive day while out and about without having to worry about being plugged in. And when you do find yourself needing a power source, you’ll be able to charge both devices up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. The 14-inch model uses a 96W Power Adapter and the 16-inch model uses a 140W Power Adapter. Perfect for creatives, students and professionals in other industries.
Both the 14- and 16-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max offer a SDXC card slot, three Thunderbolt 4 ports, a HDMI port, Wi-Fi 6E, MagSafe 3 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Pretty standard stuff for a pro laptop in 2023. But what makes these devices standout is their ability to simultaneously support full native resolution on built-in displays, up to two external displays with up to 6k resolution (for M2 Pro), and up to three external displays 6k resolution at 60Hz over Thunderbolt, plus one external display with up to 4k resolution at 144Hz over HDMI (for M2 Max).
Honourable mention also goes to the built-in 1080p FaceTime HD camera with four-element lens. The camera system employs computational video to analyse and enhance each pixel. And if that isn’t good enough for you, you can now use your iPhone as a webcam—provided you’re updated to the latest MacOS. This feature has also been introduced to past Macbook models.
The 14-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Pro starts at S$2,899 while the 14-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Max starts at S$4,499. The 16-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Pro starts at S$3,599 while the 16-inch Macbook Pro with M2 Max starts at S$4,999. The devices are available from Friday, 3 February 2023. Visit their website for more information.