MacBook Pro M2 Pro and M2 Max could be announced in a few… hours
Apple’s new 14-inch and 16-inch laptops, featuring the M2 Pro and Max, and possibly Ultra, are reportedly set to be introduced by Apple today, before going on sale very soon, starting on next week.
Soon very soon ! The two high-end MacBook Pros were supposed to be introduced late last year, a year after their M1 Pro and M1 Max-powered counterparts debuted on the scene, and then the wheel of time turned and Mark Gurman announced that ‘they should only arrive at the beginning of 2023…
Already the start of the year?!
Here we are ! And, oh surprise, the MacBook Pro M2 Pro and M2 Max, and maybe even M2 Ultra, you never know, would be about to be launched, indicates the journalist of Bloomberg in a tweet, published yesterday evening, French time.
According to him, the American giant would formalize them today, a priori at the end of the day for us Europeans, through a simple press release. He clarified in his tweet that the media should be briefed quickly, with an end to the test embargoes scheduled for next Monday. This would suggest that the commercialization would be very close.
The journalist from Bloomberg reacted to an article by MacRumors which reports the appearance in the database of the Canadian radio regulatory authorities of an unknown MacBook Pro model, answering the identifier A2779. Electronic products subject to premarket approval generally appear in this kind of SEO a few days before their official introduction.
New MacBook Pros are imminent (Apple has an announcement tomorrow – with press briefings later this week and embargoes lifting next Monday). New Macs arriving early this year were first reported here in October https://t.co/P34OdoMRgZ https://t.co/9JlQ0ueBO1
—Mark Gurman (@markgurman) January 16, 2023
No big changes
The new MacBook Pros should be similar in design to those introduced in October 2021. Two screen sizes should therefore be offered, a 14.2-inch panel for the most compact model, and another 16.2-inch. The two laptops should not switch to OLED immediately, and continue to sport a Liquid Retina XDR screen, backlit LCD thanks to miniLED technology, with a notch to house the camera and some sensors. They should also retain the same connection base, more varied and rich than on previous generations. There are Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C 4 ports and an HDMI port, in addition to the MagSafe port, which has been making a comeback in Macs for some time now. And an SDXC card reader, an important detail…
The big news would obviously come from the introduction of the M2 Pro and M2 Max, the replacements for the Apple Silicon SoCs that gave life to the first large-format ARM MacBook Pros.
If it unfortunately seems unlikely that they will be engraved in 3 nm, since mass production was officially launched by TSMC on December 28, they should however provide a significant performance gain. The switch from M1 to M2 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro had enabled us to observe at least power gains ranging from 10% in single core at 18% in multicoreall with reduced power consumption. Pushed to its limits, the M2 of our test unit had consumed only 33 W at most – remember that we are talking here about a SoC which combines CPU and GPU.
It therefore does not seem absurd to expect this kind of gain, at least, between the M1/M2 Pro and M1/M2 Max. Knowing that big progress should also be made on the side of the GPU and on the side of the NPU, the part of the Apple Silicon chips in charge of the calculations related to machine learning. The new ones media enginesresponsible for video coding/decoding, should also enable professionals to save valuable time.
In addition, recent rumors pointed to Apple’s efforts to integrate an Mx Ultra chip into MacBook Pros. The question is therefore whether Tim Cook’s teams will have succeeded in slipping such a large and powerful chip into their laptop without exploding the available thermal envelope. The M1 Ultra had only found a place in the Mac Studio for the previous generation.
The best on the wireless network side
But beyond what seems logical and obvious, this leak from the Canadian radio equipment database reveals that these two machines should be compatible with Wi-Fi 6E. The latest standard is currently only present in the latest iPad Pro. The iPhone 14s made do with Wi-Fi 6. This means that the new MacBook Pros will be able to use three real frequency bands to connect to local wireless networks. The two classic bands: 2.4 and 5 GHz, and the latest released, that of 6 GHz. Less saturated, it allows a significant increase in speeds thanks to wider transmission channels, in particular.
If we can of course hope for other surprises, the good news is that we will be fixed very soon, it seems…
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