Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips could arrive in the fall
Barely a month has passed since the announcement of the Apple M2 and its launch in the company’s first products. Although this was not an improvement in IPC compared to its predecessor, it ended up being close to a 20% faster CPU that he M1 thanks to an increase in their frequencies. The surprise comes when it is estimated that futures MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max they would launch between autumn 2022 and spring 2023.
According to a Bloomberg reporter, Mark Gurmannthe new MacBook Pro equipped with the chips M2Pro Y M2Max from Apple will come out as early as the fall of this year. This would be fantastic news, since although the Apple M2 offered about a 20% improvement in CPU and a 35% improvement in GPUmuch more performance improvement was expected. That place is occupied by the Pro and Max versions, where already in the last generation, the M1 Max and M1 Pro offered a substantial performance improvement compared to the most basic silicon.
The M2 Pro and M2 Max will offer enormous performance if they follow in the footsteps of the M1
We do not know anything about the future specifications of the M2 Pro and M2 Max, but the ones we do know are the models of the last generation. We thus have a M1Pro which used a CPU 10 cores and a GPU of 16 cores with 5.2 TFLOPs of power This offered a performance improvement over the M1 of the 70% on CPU Y 2x times the performance GPUreaching one GeForce RTX 3050 Tiin optimized applications, consuming 70% less energy.
The M1Max repeated the configuration 10 cores for the CPU, but in the graphic aspect it reached the 32 cores with 10.4 TFLOPs of power. This allowed him to get 4x the graphics performance of the Apple M1 chip and reaching a theoretical power of one GeForce RTX 3080. As we can see, both represented a huge performance improvement over the original chip. Assuming that the M2 Pro and M2 Max follow that path, we would be talking about practically outperforming a current high-end CPU and GPU with lower consumption.
Nevertheless, there are many “buts” In this assumption, starting with the emulation of applications and games through Rosette 2 from Apple. And it is that these chips require emulation to run applications or games under x86seeing like this performance losses. In addition, in the field of video games, we have already seen that Apple’s SoCs do not stand out, and although they offer a good frame rate in some titles, the average performance is very inconsistent.
MacBook Pros likely won’t take full advantage of future Pro and Max chips
We cannot deny that since Apple launched its chip Apple M1the best of performance and efficiency It has been impressive. Compared to Intel processors and AMD graphics that they used in previous models, the new chip manufactured by Apple won them in all aspects. Also, as we said before, the M1 Pro and M1 Max versions offered a huge performance improvement, especially in the graphical aspect. However, in addition to the loss of emulation performance and inconsistency in gaming performance, there is another aspect to add and that is laptops.
We are talking about putting in an Apple M2, which is essentially an overclocked M1, together with a graphic improvement that is perhaps 4 times higher than the M2, if you follow the same path as the M1 Max. All this, in a MacBook Pro laptop, which has a capacity of limited cooling. Already with the M1 Max, the MacBook Pro had consumption close to the 150W on charge and a battery life playing that barely exceeded 1 hour long.
Being very efficient chips, this consumption it was lower to other laptops with Intel, amd either NVIDIA, but it still generated quite a bit of heat. For this reason, it is believed that the MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max will not be squeezed to the fullest and probably, despite this, suffer from thermal throttling. According to the drumsas long as they are not placed in a stressful situation, they should endure between 8-16 hours like the previous models. It only remains to wait to see if these speculations come true, where the only thing we are completely sure of is that they will be very expensive.
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