If you’re looking for a new laptop or just admire Apple’s hardware, the powerful new MacBook Pro has been announced in 14- and 16-inch versions.
The device will begin arriving at customers worldwide from January 24th.
Here’s everything you need to know:
How much is it?
The new 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro starts at Dh8,499 ($2,314) and the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro starts at Dh10,599.
Any customer who buys a Mac from Apple can attend a free, in-person online session with an Apple specialist, have their product set up at select stores, including help with data transfer, and receive instructions on how to set up their new Mac works the way he wants it to.
With Apple Trade In, customers can trade in their current computer for credit toward a new Mac.
It comes with the new M2 Pro chip
Yes, this is the main selling point of the device.
The new MacBook Pro is up to six times faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro, the company says.
MacBook Pro with M2 Pro features a 10- or 12-core CPU with up to eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores for up to 20% more performance than M1 Pro.
“With 200GB/s of unified storage bandwidth – twice that of M2 – and up to 32GB of unified storage, users can tackle big projects and run multiple professional apps at blazing speeds,” Apple said.
“A next-generation GPU with up to 19 cores delivers up to 30 percent more graphics performance, and the Neural Engine is 40 percent faster, accelerating machine learning tasks like video analysis and image processing. The powerful media engine in M2 Pro also breaks through the most popular video codecs, dramatically speeding up video playback and encoding while consuming very little power.”
The M1 chip was followed by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in October 2021. In March, Apple introduced the M1 Ultra, which the company described as the world’s most powerful chip for a PC.
What else is new?
MacBook Pro now features Wi-Fi 6E for faster wireless connectivity, as well as more advanced HDMI to support 8K displays up to 60Hz and 4K displays up to 240Hz.
Improved productivity also comes from macOS Ventura, Apple said.
“Powerful updates like Continuity Camera bring video conferencing capabilities to every Mac, including Desk View, Center Stage, Studio Light and more,” Apple said.
“Handoff to FaceTime allows users to start a FaceTime call on their iPhone or iPad and seamlessly transfer it to their Mac or vice versa.
“And tools like Stage Manager automatically organize apps and windows so users can focus on the task at hand and still see everything at a glance.”
iCloud Shared Photo Library allows users to create a separate photo library and share it with up to six family members.
What about the new MacBook Air?
An M2 chip version of the MacBook Air came out in July.
The new MacBook Air had a larger display with thinner bezels, giving users more screen real estate. The battery life allows up to 18 hours of video playback.
“Fully redesigned around M2, MacBook Air is thinner, lighter and faster with a larger display, better camera and all-day battery life,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“You can only build a notebook this thin and light with Apple silicon.”
MacBook Air with M2 starts at Dh4,999 and Dh4,579 for education.
And the Mac Mini?
The new Mac mini with M2 was also presented on Tuesday. Mac mini is a small desktop computer that is sold without a screen, keyboard or mouse.
Mac mini with M2 starts at Dh2,499 while Mac mini with M2 Pro starts at Dh5,499.
– This article was first published on June 17, 2022
Updated Jan 20, 2023 4:36 am