Apple this week expanded its line of Apple silicon chips with new M2 Pro and M2 Max processors based on the M2 chip announced in June. The new ‌M2‌ line of chips represents Apple’s second generation of silicon, now found in the latest Macs.


The ‌M2‌ Pro and ‌M2‌ Max are noteworthy upgrades over the M1 Pro and M1 Max, bringing more performance, battery life, and pro user experience. Below, we’ve listed five of the most important details you need to know about Apple’s latest Mac chips.

  • Large memory bandwidthA: The new ‌M2‌ Pro and ‌M2‌ Max chips have the same memory bandwidth as their predecessors, one of the highest in the industry. Like the ‌M1 Pro‌, the ‌M2‌ Pro chip supports up to 200GB/s memory bandwidth, while the ‌M2‌ Max supports 400GB/s memory bandwidth, just like the ‌M1 Max‌.
  • Even longer battery lifeNote: ‌‌M1 Pro‌‌ and ‌‌M1 Max‌‌ have two high-performance cores, while ‌‌M2‌‌ Pro and ‌‌M2‌‌ Max have four efficient cores, allowing new Macs to handle heavy workloads using less power, thereby saving battery life.
  • Tons more transistors: Using the second-generation 5nm process technology, ‌M2‌ Pro has 40 billion transistors, which is 20% more than ‌M1 Pro‌. With ‌‌M2‌‌ Max, the jump is even bigger – its 67 billion transistors are 10 billion more than the number used in ‌‌M1 Max‌‌.
  • The largest unified memory in a MacBook Pro: 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with the high performance ‌‌M2‌‌ Max processor now support up to 96GB of combined storage. The 96GB memory option costs an extra $800 on top of the extra $200 for the more expensive M2 Max chip option.
  • Connect even more displays: 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini with ‌M2‌ Pro support up to two external displays. The ‌M2‌ Pro supports two 6K displays via Thunderbolt or one 6K display at 60Hz via Thunderbolt and one 4K display via HDMI. MacBook Pro models with ‌M2‌ Max support up to four displays: three 6K displays via Thunderbolt and one 4K display via HDMI. The ‌M2‌ Max also supports two 6K displays at 60Hz via Thunderbolt and one 8K display at 60Hz or one 4K display at 240Hz via HDMI.

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros can be configured with both the M2‌ Pro and M2‌ Max, while the updated Mac mini‌ can be configured with either the M2‌ or M2‌ Pro. Both the new MacBook Pro and “Mac mini” are available for pre-order on Apple’s website and will ship to customers on Tuesday, January 24th.

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