If you’ve been eagerly waiting for Apple’s M2-equipped offerings that was unveiled last year, you’ll be glad to know that the next-generation MacBook Pros and Mac mini are now available in Malaysia. These consist of the 14- and 16-inch options of the high-end laptop which comes with either the Pro or Max variants of the M2 processor, while the miniature computer is offered with either the standard or Pro versions instead.
To recap, both sizes of the MacBook Pro are equipped with Liquid Retina XDR displays, which feature the series’ iconic notch that houses the built-in 1080p FaceTime HD camera. Much like their predecessors, the new models also come with a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, and a Force Touch trackpad. Connectivity-wise, onboard are three Thunderbolt 4 ports, a MagSafe 3 and HDMI ports, 3.5 mm headphone jack and a SDXC card slot, whereas supported wireless connections include Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
Undoubtedly, the biggest highlight of the next-generation models are the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which have been touted to provide significant boosts in performance over their predecessors, as well as the competition. These are paired together with up to a staggering 32 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of internal storage via SSD.
Battery-wise, the 2023 MacBook Pro 14 is claimed to be able to last up to 18 hours, while the 16-inch model can go as long as 22 hours. The two laptops also come with 96 W and 140 W USB-C power adapters, respectively.
For pricing, here’s a quick price list for the 2023 Apple MacBook Pro 14- and 16-inch models in our market:
- RM 8,799: MacBook 14 with M2 Pro 10-Core CPU, 16-Core GPU, 16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
- RM 10,799: MacBook 14 with M2 Pro 10-Core CPU, 19-Core GPU, 16 GB Memory, 1 TB SSD
- RM 13,199: MacBook 14 with M2 Max 12-Core CPU, 30-Core GPU, 32 GB Memory, 1TB SSD
- RM 10,799: MacBook 16 with M2 Pro 12-Core CPU, 19-Core GPU, 16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
- RM 11,599: MacBook 16 with M2 Pro 12-Core CPU, 19-Core GPU, 16 GB Memory, 1 TB SSD
- RM 14,799: MacBook 16 with M2 Max 12-Core CPU, 38-Core GPU,32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
As for the 2023 Apple Mac mini, the new lineup starts with the base model that is equipped with an standard M2 chip, which features an eight-core CPU, 10-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine. It has 8GB of unified memory and 256GB of SSD storage, which can be configured up to 24GB and 2TB respectively.
The premium offering of the miniature desktop computer, on the other hand, comes with the M2 Pro chip, which is available in two variations. The base configuration comes with a 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine, whereas the top-of-the-line version is equipped with a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU instead. The base M2 Pro Mac mini starts with 16GB of unified memory, but can be configured to 32GB. Storage-wise, it has 512GB of SSD storage that can go up to a whopping 8TB.
For ports, the M2 Mac mini comes with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, a HDMI, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and Gigabit Ethernet. It’s worth noting that the latter can be upgraded to 10 Gigabit for an additional cost. Meanwhile, the higher-end model gets slightly more I/O with four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a headphone jack, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port that can also be fitted with 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
The base Apple Mac mini with M2 chip starts off at RM 2,499, and can go up to RM 7,699 when maxed out with 24 GB of RAM, 2 TB of storage and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The M2 Pro variant, on the other hand, starts from RM 5,599 and maxes out at an eye-watering price tag of RM 18,399 when fitted with all of the bells and whistles that are available for it.
(Source: Apple Malaysia   )
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