Apple MacBook Lineup (January 2023): Which one is for you? - TrueID

Apple MacBook Lineup (January 2023): Which one is for you?

YugatechJanuary 18, 2023

Apple recently announced its new MacBook Pros for 2023 which are powered by its new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. This also updates its MacBook lineup for the year for those who are looking to get into the Apple ecosystem or get an upgrade. So, what are your options? Find out below.

Note: The information used below was taken from Apple’s website for the PH market.

MacBook Air M1

First up is the MacBook Air M1 which launched in 2020. It can now be considered an entry-level MacBook model but it is still one of the most powerful laptops out there. I’m still using one heavily for browser-based work and it proves to be a reliable workhorse.

Price starts at PHP 57,990 for the 8GB unified memory and 256GB SSD storage, making it the most affordable MacBook in the current lineup. But you can configure it up to 16GB + 1TB for PHP 117,990.

MacBook Air M2

Apple introduced the Macbook Air M2 in 2022. It features a new design, a screen with a notch, new colors, and a more powerful chipset. This is a recommended model for those who want the performance improvements of the M2 chip but don’t want to go ‘Pro’ yet.

Price starts at PHP 69,990 for the 8GB + 256GB model but can be configured up to 24GB + 2TB for PHP 141,990.

MacBook Pro 13 M2

You have plenty of options if ever you decide to with the Pro models. If you don’t mind having a small screen and are on a budget, you can start with the MacBook Pro 13 M2. Compared to the MacBook Air M2, it has a Touch Bar and longer battery life. However, if you don’t need those features, think you’re better off getting the MacBook Air M2 instead.

The MacBook Pro 13 M2 starts at PHP 74,990 for the 8GB + 256GB and can go up to PHP 146,990 for the 24GB + 2TB.

MacBook Pro 14/16 M2 Pro

For those who want MacBook Pro with a larger screen and more powerful chipset for professional uses, you can start with the MacBook Pro 14 with M2 Pro chip. In addition, you’ll get WiFi 6E, 3x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, HDMI port, SD card slot, and up to 12 hours of wireless web browsing.

The 14-inch model starts at PHP 126,990 for the M2 Pro with a 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16GB unified memory, and 512GB SSD.

As for the 16-inch model, it starts at PHP 156,990 for the M2 pro with a 2-core CPU, 19-core GPU, 16GB unified memory, and 512GB SSD.

MacBook Pro 14/16 M2 Max

For professionals with heavy demands and deeper pockets, the 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Max chip are the most powerful MacBooks you can get right now. The M2 Max chip builds on the capabilities of M2 Pro, including an up to 38-core GPU, double the unified memory bandwidth, and up to 96GB of unified memory. In addition, these MacBooks feature 3x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, HDMI port, and SD Card slot.

The 14-inch model starts at PHP 192,990 for the M2 Max chip with a 12-core CPU, 30-core GPU, 32GB unified memory, and 1TB SSD.

The 16-inch model, on the other hand, starts at PHP 216,990 for the M2 Max chip with a 12-core CPU, 38-core GPU, 32GB unified memory, and 1TB SSD.

Only get this model if you’re a professional working on 3D rendering, or heavy video or photo editing.

Below is the summary of prices:

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