January 17, 2023
Apple has unveiled the M2 Pro and M2 Max: the next page for next-level operating systems
Supercharging MacBook Pro and Mac mini, M2 Pro and M2 Max feature more powerful CPU and GPU, up to 96GB of combined memory, and industry-leading performance.
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced the M2 Pro and M2 Max, two next-generation SoCs (system and chip) that take the power-efficiency of Apple silicon to new heights. The M2 Pro leverages the architecture of the M2 to deliver up to a 12-core CPU and up to a 19-core GPU, with up to 32GB of combined memory. The M2 Max builds on the power of the M2 Pro, including up to a 38-core GPU, twice the combined memory bandwidth, and up to 96GB of combined memory. Its industry-leading performance per watt makes it the world’s most powerful and energy-efficient chip for a pro laptop. Both devices also feature improved custom technology, including the fastest 16-core Neural Engine and Apple’s powerful streaming engine. The M2 Pro brings pro performance to the Mac mini for the first time, while the M2 Pro and M2 Max take the game-changing performance and power of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro even further.
Apple only builds SoCs like the M2 Pro and M2 Max. They deliver incredible pro performance and industry-leading power efficiency,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Technology. “With more powerful CPUs and GPUs, support for storage systems is n “Together, with a high-end media machine, the M2 Pro and M2 Max represent an incredible advancement in Apple’s silicon.”
M2 Pro: Next Generation Performance for Pro Workflows
Built using the second 5-nanometer process technology, the M2 Pro has 40 billion transistors – almost 20 percent more than the M1 Pro, and double the number of the M2. It has 200GB/s of integrated memory bandwidth – twice that of the M2 – and up to 32GB of low-level integrated memory. The next-generation 10- or 12-core CPU has up to eight high-speed cores and four high-speed cores, resulting in multithreaded CPU performance that is up to 20 percent faster than the 10-core CPU in the M1 Pro. Applications like Adobe Photoshop run large tasks faster than ever, and compiling in Xcode is up to 2.5x faster than on the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro.1
The GPU in the M2 Pro can be configured with up to 19 cores – three more than the GPU in the M1 Pro – and includes a large L2 slot. The graphics speed is up to 30 percent faster than that of the M1 Pro, resulting in a significant increase in image processing performance and enabling more controllable gaming.
M2 Max: The world’s most powerful and efficient chip for a Pro laptop
With 67 billion transistors – 10 billion more than the M1 Max and more than 3x that of the M2 – the M2 Max boosts the efficiency and power of Apple silicon even further. 400GB/s of integrated memory bandwidth is twice that of M2 Pro, 4x of M2, and supports up to 96GB of integrated memory fast. So large files open instantly, and work across many pro applications is incredibly fast and painless.
The M2 Max has the same next-generation 12-core CPU as the M2 Pro. A more powerful GPU with up to 38 cores, coupled with a larger L2 slot. Graphics speeds are up to 30 percent faster than the M1 Max. Along with 96GB of memory, the new MacBook Pro with M2 Max can run graphics that competing systems can’t run.2 With the power to visualize, train machine learning models, and collect gigapixel images together, the MacBook Pro and M2 Max deliver incredible performance whether plugged in or running on battery. M2 Max is the world’s most powerful and efficient chip for pro laptops.
Expanding on traditional technologies
M2 Pro and M2 Max have improved custom technology features:
- Both M2 Pro and M2 Max include Apple’s next generation, 16-core Neural Engine, which can perform 15.8 trillion operations per second, and up to 40 percent faster than the previous generation.
- M2 Pro has a powerful and efficient media engine, including hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, and ProRes video encode and decode, allowing playback of multiple streams of 4K and 8K ProRes video while using very little power. The M2 Max has two video input engines and two ProRes engines, resulting in 2x faster video input than the M2 Pro.
- Apple’s latest image processing engine delivers better noise reduction and, along with the Neural Engine, uses computational video to improve the camera’s image quality.
- The next-generation Secure Enclave is a critical component of Apple’s best-in-class security.
MacOS Ventura has M2 Pro and M2 Max
macOS is designed for Apple’s silicon, and the combination of macOS Ventura and the latest industry-leading chips deliver unmatched performance and productivity for users. Mac computers powered by Apple silicon can access more than 15,000 custom applications and plug-ins that unlock the full power of the M-series chip.
macOS Ventura brings new features including Stage Manager, as well as new capabilities in Camera Continuity and Handoff and FaceTime. MacOS Ventura also includes major updates to Safari, Mail, Messages, Spotlight and more, all of which are responsive and work well on the M2 Pro and M2 Max.
Apple Silicon and the environment
The M2 Pro and M2 Max enable the new MacBook Pro and Mac mini to meet Apple’s high standards for dynamic performance. The powerful performance of Apple silicon enables the new MacBook Pro to achieve the longest battery life on a Mac – up to 22 hours.3 This results in less time required to install it and less energy consumed during its lifetime.
Today, Apple is carbon neutral for its global corporate operations, and by 2030, plans to have a net-zero climate impact across all businesses, including supply chain design and the entire product life cycle. This means that every chip produced by Apple, from design to manufacturing, will be 100% carbon neutral.
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- The results were compared to the previous generation 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 based 16-inch MacBook Pro system with Radeon Pro 5600M graphics with 8GB HBM2, 64GB of RAM, and 8TB SSD.
- Apple conducted tests in November and December 2022 using a 16-inch MacBook Pro system with an Apple M2 Max, 12-core CPU, 38-core GPU, 96GB of RAM, and 8TB SSD, and an Intel Core i9-based PC system based on NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics with 24GB GDDR6 and the latest version of Windows 11 Pro available during testing, and PC systems based on Intel Core i9 with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics with 16GB GDDR6 and the latest version. version of Windows 11 Home is available during testing. OTOY Octane X 2022.1 on preproduction 16-inch MacBook Pro systems and OTOY OctaneRender 2022.1 on Windows systems were tested using conditions that require more than 40GB of graphics memory when running. Performance tests are performed using specific computer systems and show the near performance of the MacBook Pro.
- Apple conducted tests in November and December 2022 using a 16-inch MacBook Pro system with an Apple M2 Pro, 12-core CPU, 19-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD. The Apple TV movie playback test measures battery life by playing back 1080p HD content with a display brightness of eight clicks from the bottom. Battery life varies by use and configuration. See apple.com/battery for more information.
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