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Apple unveils MacBook Pros and Mac Mini powered by new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

Apple has unveiled an updated MacBook Pro and Mac Mini which are powered by Apple’s powerful new M2 Pro and M2 Max next-generation systems on a chip to offer even greater power efficiency and performance.

The M2 Pro offers up to 12-core CPU and up to 19 core GPU with up to 32GB of unified memory.

M2 Max includes up to 38-core GPU and up to 96GB of unified memory to offer performance per watt that makes it not only the most powerful chip for a pro laptop but also the most power efficient.

The M2 Pro has more than 40 billion transistors, 20 per cent more than M1 Pro and double the amount in M2.

The M2 Max offers 67 billion transistors – that’s 10 billion more than M1 Max and three times that of M2.

M2 Max is capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second – that’s 40 per cent faster than the previous iteration.

The M2 Pro offers a powerful and efficient media engine including hardware accelerated H.264, HEVC and ProRes video encode and decode.

This means users can playback multiple streams of 4K and 8K ProRes video while still using relatively little power.

M2 Max offers two video encode engines and two ProRes engines which makes video encoding twice as fast as M2 Pro.

Apple announced new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max which can handle things like effects rendering up to six times faster than the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro and colour grading up to two times faster.

And what will greatly benefit users is the new level of power efficiency from Apple’s silicon so users can expect up to 22 hours of battery life – the longest ever battery life offered on a Mac laptop.

The new MacBook Pros will support Wi-Fi 6E for faster connectivity and more advanced HDMI to support 8K displays up to 60Hz and 4K displays up to 240Hz.

The new Mac Mini will be offered with M2 and M2 Pro for customers who want pro level performance from a compact device at a more affordable price.

Mac Mini M2 has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and will be able to support up to two displays while the M2 Pro model has four Thunderbolt 4 ports and can handle up to three displays.

Mac Mini with M2 has an 8-core CPU with four high performance and four high efficiency cause along with a 10 court GPU.

M2 Pro Mac mini takes it up to 12-core CPU with eight high performance cores, four high efficiency cores and a 19-core GPU.

Mac Mini with M2 Pro can play up to five streams of 8K ProRes 422 video at 30 frames per second or up to 23 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video at 30fps.

MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max will go on sale in Australia on February 3 with pre-orders starting today.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro starts at $3,199 and the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro starts at $3,999.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Max is priced from $4,999 and the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Max starts at $5,599.

Mac Mini will also go on sale on February 3 with customers able to pre-order from today.

Mac Mini with M2 will start from $999 while Mac Mini with M2 Pro kicks off from $1,999.