price, release and all about M2 Pro and M2 Max

The MacBook Pro 2023 will be the fastest laptop Apple has ever made. Like its predecessor, it is suitable for heavy-duty tasks such as 8K video editing and working with complex 3D models, making it ideal for professionals. But it takes it a step further with even faster chips: the M2 Pro and M2 Max. Here’s what you need to know about the MacBook Pro 2023.

MacBook Pro 2023 in a nutshell

  • Announcement in March 2023
  • Same design as MacBook Pro 2021, potentially with new colors
  • 14.2″ and 16.2″ mini LED screen with ProMotion (120Hz)
  • New Apple Silicon chips: M2 Pro and M2 Max
  • Notch the screen with renewed webcam with Midpoint
  • Many connections: USB-C (x3), headphone jack, HDMI 2.1, SD card reader and MagSafe
  • Keyboard with large function keys and Touch ID
  • Higher prices due to inflation, expected €2449 (14-inch) and €2949 (16-inch)
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Design

MacBook Pro 2021 had a completely revised design. Gone was the thin design from 2016, and the laptop got a bit thicker to make room for more connections and better cooling. With the MacBook Pro 2023, this thicker design remains unchanged, but there will likely be additional color options such as Midnight and Starlight.

M2 Pro and M2 Max

With the new MacBook Pro 2023, you can choose between two new chips: M2 Pro and M2 Max. This is immediately the most important innovation. The chips are faster versions of the M2 chip found in cheaper MacBooks. Both variants probably have a 12-core processor, two of which are the so-called ‘efficiency cores’, which perform simple tasks as energy-efficiently as possible. A cheaper 10-core variant of the M2 Pro is also expected, specifically for the 14-inch model.

M2 Max

The more expensive M2 Max is distinguished mainly by a better graphics chip with up to 40 cores. With M2 Pro it is limited to 20 cores. This allows you to perform demanding graphics tasks better and faster and connect multiple external displays. The other big difference is in working memory. With the M2 Pro it’s probably limited to 48GB, but with the M2 Max to 96GB. Max’s memory is also slightly faster. In short: both the M2 Pro and M2 Max are insanely fast chips that outperform the previous M1 Pro and M1 Max by around 18%.

Screen

Like its predecessor, the MacBook Pro 2023 has a mini LED screen. This means that there are small lighting zones behind the pixels that can be switched on and off. This gives a much better contrast and a brighter screen. The screen also supports HDR. In addition, the screen has ProMotion just like the iPhone 14 Pro. As a result, the screen is updated at a maximum of 120 times per second, ensuring very smooth images. For example, when watching a movie or reading text, the refresh rate decreases to save power.

MacBook Pro 2021 screen

There are two screen sizes: 14.2 inches and 16.2 inches. Both have thin screen bezels and a small notch for the webcam. This webcam will probably get a new feature: Center point. With this, the webcam follows you when you move in relation to your MacBook.

Connections

In addition to three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, the MacBook Pro 2023 also has HDMI, probably for the first time with support for 4K 120Hz (HDMI 2.1). There’s also an SD card reader again – this time hopefully with the new SDUC standard. Additionally, the magnetic MagSafe 3 charging port is back.

MacBook Pro 2023: Expected specs

  • release: March 2023
  • Operating system: macOS (13.0 Ventura)
  • Screen: 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, 3024 x 1964 (254 ppi) resolution / 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, 3456 x 2234 (254 ppi) resolution
  • Processor: M2 Pro with up to 12 cores (10 performance, 2 efficiency) and up to 20 cores GPU / M2 Max with 12 cores (10 performance, 2 efficiency) and up to 40 cores GPU
  • Random Access Memory: 16 GB central memory, expandable to 48 GB (M2 Pro) or 96 GB (M2 Max)
  • Storage: 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB or 8 TB
  • Wireless: 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6(E), Bluetooth 5.3
  • Connection: slot for SDXC or SDUC card, HDMI 2.1 port, mini-jack connector, MagSafe 3 port, three Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB-C)
  • Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD camera with center point
  • Sound: hi-fi system with six speakers and force-cancelling woofers, three beam-forming microphones, headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones

MacBook Pro 2023 release

MacBook Pro M2

MacBook Pro 2023 is likely to be announced in March 2023 if recent rumors are to be believed. Prices will increase sharply compared to the 2021 model due to the strong inflation of the past year. We expect them to be around €2449 for the 14-inch model and €2949 for its bigger 16-inch brother.

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