If there’s one thing that Apple fans love, it’s more power. New details on next year’s 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models suggest this is precisely what they will get. That fascination with power means the best choice is to wait for the 2023 MacBooks, but for everyone else, this quest for performance can be safely ignored… there are better choices.

What can we expect from these new overpowered laptops? The latest details come from the always-dependable Geekbench. Picked up by industrious Apple commentator @ShrimpApplePro, the benchmarks show a step up in capability but not the quantum leap we saw with Apple’s move away from Intel’s x86 platform to the exclusive ARM-based Apple Silicon platform. William Gallagher reports:

“…the Geekbench figures includes details of the device’s configuration. As reported, the device features 96GB RAM, which is more than a current MacBook Pro can offer, but less than the Mac Studio. The CPU is listed as being “Apple M2 Max,” and the data includes that it’s one 12-core processor running at 3.54 GHz. The single-core score is 1853, and the multi-core score is 13855.”


As with any discussion around benchmarks, there’s no guarantee which device is being measured and how far down the development path the device is; this could be a new Mac Studio instead of the MacBook Pro M2 Max, although there’s a lot of confidence that the latter is the case.

A quick crunch on the numbers shows a broadly twenty per cent increase in performance over the M1 Max; curiously, that’s the same game seen in the MacBook Air between the M1 and M2-based laptops.

Rember that the M1 Max (and the lower-tiered M1 Pro) were some of the most powerful laptop chipsets when they were launched. That the M2 Max is building on that success means that those looking for a powerful machine should be considering these updated MacBook Pro laptops, which are expected to arrive near the end of Q1 2023.

And these scores are for a5 single core in the CPU. What happens when the count starts to increase or the GPU gets its own uplift?

For the average consumer, 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops with the uprated M1 chips were already seen as offering an excess of unnecessary power. The next generation is going to step that up once more. That will make them even more attractive to developers and heavy-duty creatives. It’s also going to tempt those in the geekerati that want “the laptop with the biggest number”, but for those who need a cost-effective laptop for day-to-day use, then the MacBook Air portfolio remains the best choice that balances price and potential.

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