Apple’s next 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros could get a big upgrade in terms of the speed of their RAM, according to a new report.
The M2-series machines are expected to arrive within the next few months having missed a previously rumored release window of October or November of this year.
Now, a new report citing a reliable forum member suggests that the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips could benefit from faster RAM. MacRumors reports that the new MacBook Pro notebooks will have “very high-bandwidth, high-speed RAM.”
The current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are equipped with LPDDR5 RAM from Samsung, with the M1 Pro chip providing up to 200 GB/s of memory bandwidth and the M1 Max chip topping out at 400 GB/s. On a speculative basis, it is possible that the next MacBook Pro models could be equipped with Samsung’s latest LPDDR5X RAM, which would provide up to 33 percent increased memory bandwidth and up to 20 percent less power consumption.
If that’s the case we can likely expect the M2 Pro to offer speeds of 300GB/s while the M2 Max will be capable of speeds of up to 600MB/s. Both would ensure that the new Macs would be able to move data around considerably more quickly than their older counterparts.
Apple already has the M2 chip available in its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, but it’s the M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra that pro-level users are waiting for. The new Apple silicon Mac Pro is also expected to make use of a new chip, possibly called M2 extreme.