MacBook Pro M2 Pro: Release date, price and other rumors

The current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros have the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, with the M2 13-incher due in June 2022. Today, the focus is on the next-generation MacBook Pro, which is bigger and more powerful thanks to the integration of the M2 Pro and M2 Max processors.

Updates were expected to arrive in October or November 2022, but that didn’t happen. Instead, it looks like it’s coming in the spring of 2023.

In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about this upcoming iteration…

When will the MacBook Pro M2 Pro be released?

Hopes that new MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and Max chips would arrive in the fall of 2022 have been dashed, despite speculation in previous months.

On Oct. 30, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote that the next Macs won’t go on sale until early 2023, even betting on the first half of March.

In December’s PowerOn newsletter, it reaffirmed that 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros will arrive early this year, with M2 Pro and M2 Max options.

There is further evidence that Apple is preparing the new MacBook Pro for launch. In November 2022, a pair of mysterious, unreleased Macs were discovered in Steam usage data. Devices labeled “Mac14.6” and “Mac15.4” are likely Pro models. A “Mac14.6” callsign has also appeared on Geekbench.

It’s enough to make me doubt the next release even more…

So the new MacBook Pros could arrive in February or March as an update on Apple’s website or as part of a larger spring event.

How much will the MacBook Pro M2 Pro cost?

Although there are significant price differences between the 8-core and 10-core CPU versions, we expect inflation-based price increases in some parts of the world. Recall that with the redesign of the M2, Apple increased the price of the entry-level MacBook Air by 200 euros or 20%.

The prices of the current models are as follows:

  • 14-inch MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU, 16GB single memory, 512GB SSD, €2,249.
  • 14-inch MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16 GB single memory, 1 TB SSD, €2,749.
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16 GB Solid State Memory, 512 GB SSD, €2749
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro, M1 Pro, 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16 GB of storage, 1 TB SSD, 2979 euros
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro, M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 32 GB of storage, 1 TB SSD, €3,849

We can only hope that Apple decides not to increase the prices…

What will the MacBook Pro M2 Pro look like?

If you were hoping that the American firm would change something in the design of these two large MacBook Pro models, prepare to be disappointed.

It had many improvements in 2021, with new 14- and 16-inch screens and their ProMotion technology, as well as the removal of the Touch Bar and the addition of a notch that serves to distinguish it from the 13-inch screen. MacBook Pro. Gurman said the MacBook Pro will remain largely the same.

And AppleLeaksPro on Twitter agrees. In a tweet, he says it’s still worth the wait.

It will be “worth the wait” to hear how the new 14/16-inch MBP performs.

Better speed, better battery life, less heat…sounds like a pretty cool product upgrade to me. No design or I/O changes though.

—LeaksApplePro (@LeaksApplePro)
November 27, 2022

What specifications?

If the MacBook Pro will look the same externally, everything will be different under the hood. Based on Apple’s 2021 M2 and M1 variants, we’re guessing the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips will offer:

  • M2 Pro: CPU up to 10 cores, GPU up to 20 cores, RAM up to 48 GB
  • M2 Max: Up to 10 CPU cores, 40 GPU cores, up to 96 GB RAM

CPU

Mark Gurman reports that his sources indicate that the M2 Max could have 12 CPU cores.

Two additional CPU cores aren’t the only changes that could mean a faster CPU. It is suggested that Apple will start using the new 3nm process for its M3 chips in 2023, but there are reports that this new process will be included in the M2 Pro and other variants.

3nm should allow, among other things, higher transistor density. As Ming-Chi Kuo’s August tweet indicated, processors in the MacBook Pro 14- and 16-inch models will adopt the advanced 5nm node, given TSMC’s guidance that 3nm will contribute to revenue from 1H23.

If the M2 Pro, Max and Ultra chips are manufactured using this 3-nanometer process, the gap with the M2 will be wider than ever, and the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Studio, high-end Mac mini and Mac Pro. may offer greater speed increases.

GPUs

Gurman also claims a maximum of 38 GPU cores, which is six more than what the M1 Max offers. As with the M2 chip, the M2 Pro and M2 Max will focus on the graphics side.

As for the M2 chip in the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple provided an 8-10 core graphics boost. This could mean a jump from 14 cores and 16 cores to 18 cores and 20 cores for the M2 Pro, and a jump from 24 cores and 32 cores to 30 cores and 38 cores for the M2 Max.

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It is likely that the new MacBook Pro models will also have more RAM. Apple increased the capacity of the M1 to a maximum of 16 GB and the M2 to 24 GB.

Will we see up to 48GB RAM on the Pro and 96GB RAM on the Max? Additionally, a report from Macrumors claims that the new MacBook Pro will have “super-high-speed, high-speed RAM,” which could mean LPDDR5X, which could deliver 300GB/s of memory bandwidth (M2 Pro). and 600 GB/s ( M2 Max).

Current models offer 200 GB/s and 400 GB/s respectively.

Autonomy

LeaksApplePro In November 2022, he claimed on Twitter that the new MacBook Pro models will offer better battery life, but he did not elaborate.

The autonomy of the 14-inch is 17 hours, and the 16-inch is 21 hours. Any improvements may be due to CPU fixes.

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