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Apple today announced the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2023. What has changed with the new generation of MacBook Pro?

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New generation MacBook Pro

Apple has announced a new generation MacBook Pro in a press release. It concerns a 14- and a 16-inch MacBook Pro. We put together the new features of the MacBook Pro 2023 for you.

MacBook Pros have the new M2 chip

The new generation of MacBooks has had a major upgrade, especially on the inside. The biggest change: The new MacBook Pros feature the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. These are new M2 chips that are faster and more powerful than previous M2 chips. With the new generation of MacBooks, Apple again opts for Apple Silicon, Apple’s own chips.

These new chips are especially good news for professional users who use their MacBook for video editing or coding, for example. After all, the new M2 chips are more powerful, so that heavy tasks such as video editing run more smoothly on the laptop.

The big advantage of the new M2 chips is that they are more energy efficient, so the battery of your new MacBook lasts a lot longer. The MacBook Pro 2023 battery now lasts for 22 hours, making it the best battery on a Mac ever.

MacBook Pro 2023 supports the fast WiFi 6E

The new generation of MacBooks supports the faster WiFi 6E. The previous generation of MacBooks supported WiFi 6. The difference between WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E is not huge, WiFi 6E is rather an extension of the existing WiFi 6.

The biggest advantage: with WiFi 6E you can use the internet faster indoors. The stability and range of the signal are also improving. The signal of Wifi 6E has been greatly improved, because a new bandwidth has been added: 6GHz. To use this you will probably have to buy a new router, because most routers only support 2.4 and 5GHz.

Read also: Faster internet: the benefits of WiFi 6E

The advantage of this new bandwidth is that there are fewer WiFi devices on this frequency. As a result, the WiFi signal is disturbed less quickly. With the new MacBooks, you have faster and more stable internet, provided your router supports 6GHz.

More and faster working memory for MacBook Pro 2023

Apple has equipped the new MacBooks Pro with more and faster RAM. The M2 Pro chip offers a CPU with up to 12 cores and a GPU with up to 19 cores. This chip has 32 GB of RAM. The M2 Max chip extends the capabilities of M2 Pro even further, with a GPU containing up to 38 cores. The M2 Max chip has 96 GB of central memory.

Expanding the working memory makes the new MacBook Pros faster than the previous generation MacBook Pros. The MacBook Pro is now even more powerful, especially with the new M2 chips.

MacBook Pro 2023

Few design changes

In terms of design, little has changed with the MacBook Pro 2023. That is not surprising: the appearance of the MacBook Pro already received a major upgrade in 2021. That year, the MacBook received a notch at the top of the screen for the first time, housing the improved 1080p webcam. Apple has taken this design to the MacBook Pro 2023.

This generation of MacBook Pros also has a more angular design, with the top and bottom flat, just like the sides. The keyboard is again completely black, so that the backlit keys come into their own. Apple seems to have finally said goodbye to the Touch Bar, because this generation of MacBook Pros also has physical function keys.

Few changes in the screen of the new MacBooks

Like its predecessor, the MacBook Pro 2023 is available in two screen sizes: 14.2 inches and 16.2 inches. The screen technology is unchanged: Apple has again opted for mini-LED. With mini-LED, there are lighting sources behind the pixels, making the screen brighter than, for example, an LCD screen.

The screen of the new MacBook Pro supports HDR and has ProMotion. The latter means that the screen refreshes a maximum of 120 times per second. As a result, images merge smoothly into each other, giving you even better image quality.

Same ports as the MacBook Pro 2021

Fortunately, Apple reintroduced more ports with the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021. This is the same with the new generation of MacBooks: they are not only equipped with three USB-C connections, but also have an HDMI port and SD card reader. In addition, the MacBook Pro 2023 is equipped with MagSafe, Apple’s magnetic charging connector with fast charging option.

MacBook Pro 2023 ports

MacBook Pro 2023: this is how much the new laptop costs

The new MacBook Pros are again on the pricey side. You pay 2,449.00 euros for the 14-inch version of the MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro chip and 512 GB of memory. For the same version with 1 TB you pay 3,049.00 euros. Want the 14-inch MacBook with the more powerful M2 Max chip? Then the laptop costs 3,749.00 euros.

The larger 16-inch version with the M2 Pro chip costs 3,049.00 euros with 512 GB of memory. Want even more memory? The model with 1 TB and the M2 Pro chip costs no less than 3,279.00 euros. If you want to handle the heaviest graphics tasks, the M2 Max chip is worth it. The MacBook Pro 16-inch with M2 Max chip costs 4,199.00 euros.

MacBook Pro 2023: Now on sale

The new MacBook Pros have only just been announced, but they are already available to order. Check the links below to pre-order the MacBook. The MacBook Pro 2023 will be available from January 24, so please be patient!

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