M2 Max chip

M2 Max MacBook Pros get a $250 discount

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2023 MacBook Pro in 16-inch and 14-inch sizes
The 2023 MacBook Pro is very sleek, whether it's the 16-inch or 14-inch variant.
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You can get Apple’s most powerful MacBook Pro with M2 Max chip for up to $250 off. Amazon has discounted the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Max to $3,249 from $3,499.

If the 16-inch model is too big, the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the same Max chip is available for $200 less.

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Did Apple accidentally make Mac Pro unnecessary?

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2023 Mac Pro with Apple M2 Ultra
2023 Mac Pro with Apple M2 Ultra
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Apple’s latest Macs are powerful and versatile. So much so that some people wonder if anybody will want the top-of-the-line Mac Pro desktop, even with its new M2 Ultra chip.

A new report found an audience for the top desktop lacking, given the capabilities of Mac Studio and MacBook Pro. But others suggest Mac Pro is here to stay.

New MacBook Pro models come supercharged with M2 Pro and Max chips

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Apple said Tuesday its new M2-powered 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will ship January 24.
Apple said Tuesday its new M2-powered 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will ship January 24.
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Apple released new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models Tuesday powered by the company’s most advanced processors, the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. The new laptops — which deliver the longest battery life ever in a Mac — are available to preorder now and go on sale January 24, Apple said.

“MacBook Pro with Apple silicon has been a game changer, empowering pros to push the limits of their workflows while on the go and do things they never thought possible on a laptop,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a press release. “Today the MacBook Pro gets even better. With faster performance, enhanced connectivity, and the longest battery life ever in a Mac, along with the best display in a laptop, there’s simply nothing else like it.”

Apple’s new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips raise the performance bar … again

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M2 Pro and M2 Max are next-generation chips going into multiple Apple computers.
Apple's next-generation M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs are its fastest chips yet.
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Apple’s next-generation M2 Pro and M2 Max chips went official on Tuesday. The new processors power Apple’s brand-new MacBook Pro lineup and, for the first time, the Mac mini.

Both SoCs deliver better CPU and GPU performance than their M1 predecessors, along with faster image processing.

Leaked 2023 MacBook Pro benchmarks show it’ll support much more RAM

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What we're expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max
New evidence points to the Apple M2 Max supporting much more RAM than its predecessor.
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Very early benchmark scores for what is apparently the 2023 MacBook Pro show buyers will be able to configure the laptop with much more RAM. And new details on the M2 Max processor were revealed, too.

The performance scores show a modest 14% increase over the 2021 version, but benchmark scores months before the release of any computer are of limited use.

Don’t expect new MacBook Pro or Mac mini before 2023

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What we're expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max
The wait for MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro or M2 Max is supposedly going to be much longer than expected.
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Apple is done introducing Macs in 2022, according to a reliable source of insider information. The MacBook Pro models with the M2 Pro and M2 Max allegedly won’t be out until late in Q1 2023.

The report is unconfirmed, but it fits with a recent warning from Apple’s CFO that Mac sales this quarter will be much slower than during the same period of 2021.

What we’re expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max

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What we're expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max
Late 2022 MacBook Pro buyers can look forward to faster macOS notebooks.
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There’s overwhelming evidence that Apple is about to reveal the M2 Pro and M2 Max, a fresh generation of high-performance processors for notebooks. These are expected to go into the next generation of 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

Here’s what to expect in new macOS laptops before the end of 2022.

What to expect at the Apple October product-launch event

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What to expect at the Apple October product-launch event
New MacBook Pro models and moderately redesigned iPad Pro tablets will likely be the highlights of the Apple October 2022 event.
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Apple isn’t ready to relax just because the September iPhone event is done. An Apple October event is almost certainly planned with new MacBooks and iPads. And maybe more.

Here’s everything we’re expecting to be on the agenda.

MacBook Pro getting speed increase this fall

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Apple preps subscription service for iPhone, Mac and more
Apple is about to take the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro from 2021 and put in even faster processors.
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Updated versions of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro will go onto production during the last months of 2022, according to a prominent Apple analyst. These will have faster processors.

Another reliable source said essentially the same, making it likely that Apple is about refresh its top-tier notebooks.