One of the best laptops you can buy just got even more powerful. Apple has released new versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with the company’s new M2 Pro and M2 Max processors, which promise a huge leap in performance and the longest battery life ever in a Mac. These blazingly fast new MacBooks are available to order now, so here’s everything you need to know.
New MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch: Prices and where to preorder
The new 14-inch MacBook Pro promises to deliver significant performance gains, longer battery life, and improved connectivity over the previous generation.
If you want the power of Apple’s new M2 Pro or M2 Max chips with a larger display, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the way to go.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are available for preorder now and will ship on January 17. 24. The 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro starts at $1,999, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro starts at $2,499. Upgrading to the more powerful M2 Max chip will set you back at least $3,099 for the 14-inch MacBook Pro and $3,499 for the 16-inch model. Those prices are largely unchanged from the previous generation, so you get your money’s worth.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models look little changed, but if you’re upgrading for the first time in a while, you’re getting one of the most powerful Mac experiences yet. At the heart of these machines is your choice of Apple’s new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which promise up to 30 percent improved graphics performance over their predecessors — which should make them especially good for intensive tasks like video editing and 3D rendering.
Apple says the new M2 Pro models render animations in the Motion app 80 percent faster than the best Intel Macs, and 20 percent faster than the M1 Pro version, just to highlight some real-world highlights. Image processing in Adobe Photoshop is up to 80 percent faster compared to Intel Macs, and up to 40 percent faster than 2021 models. On the faster M2 Max, Apple says you’ll be able to render effects up to six times faster in Cinema 4D and resolve color grading up to two times faster in Resolve. It all adds up to a huge time saver when you’re working and creating on the go.
The company claims that these new MacBooks will give you the longest battery life ever in a Mac at 22 hours—an hour more than the previous model was rated for, and we look forward to testing that claim. Along with a more powerful processor, you can expect faster internet speeds from Wi-Fi 6E, and an upgraded HDMI port that now supports 8K displays.
All of this power is packed into the exact same design we first saw in 2021, which features three Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, an SDXC card slot, an HDMI port for an external display, and a The convenient MagSafe 3 charger snaps on and off the laptop with ease. You also get a sharp 1080p FaceTime webcam, and a nice row of big physical function keys at the top of the keyboard (yes, the Touch Bar is dead). We liked the design when we first reviewed the 14-inch MacBook Pro in 2021, and while there’s nothing new here if you already own the model, folks with older MacBooks will be delighted with the connectivity and everyday convenience Truly a major upgrade or use.
The new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros look like powerful (if underwhelming) updates to our longtime favorite high-end laptops. If our time with the standard M2 MacBook is any indication, these new models, powered by the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, should be the fastest laptops you can buy, and possibly the best laptops for artists, programmers, music producers and Anyone else who has to get serious work done on the go.
Those with previous-generation models can put them aside, but if you sit down with an old Intel or even an M1-powered MacBook Pro and find yourself, the new 14- and 16-inch Macs look like special A good upgrade requires more power — not to mention a better display, webcam, and set of ports. We look forward to running these machines through our regular tests to see how much better they are than before, so stay tuned for our full review.