The M2 Pro and M2 Max feature the lack of additional performance cores, which could result in fewer multi-core benefits

Apple increased the total CPU core count on the M2 Pro and M2 Max, but like most companies, the whole fact requires more research to better inform potential customers. While it’s true that Apple moved from a 10-core CPU configuration on the M1 Pro and M1 Max to a 12-core on the latest SoCs, the company hasn’t added any additional performance cores to the mix.

Apple may have wanted to focus on battery life in the new 2023 MacBook Pro models, which is why this feature is being marketed first

The M2 Pro and M2 Max will each have eight performance cores and four power-saving cores when the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models begin shipping to customers. In 2021, the M1 Pro and M1 Max come with eight performance and two power-saving cores. In short, Apple made no effort to cram any additional performance cores into the M2 Pro and M2 Max, which suggests that increasing multi-core gains may not be the company’s goal at this time.

Even in the company’s press release for the 2023 MacBook Pro, the headline immediately talks about increased battery life, which is why these two energy efficiency cores add to the total. While a portable Mac is meant to be used away from a wall charger for several hours, we’ve seen Apple take the same approach for its iPhone chips as well, particularly the A16 Bionic.

Official press photo of the 2023 MacBook Pro range

It appears that unless the tech giant shifts to a more advanced manufacturing process than TSMC, it will continue to focus more on battery life while delivering little performance gains with each successive chip launch. According to a previous benchmark leak for the M2 Max, there was only a 20 percent increase in performance in multi-threaded workloads compared to the M1 Max, which proves our earlier point.

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Then again, with the improvements in battery life, Apple claims its 16-inch MacBook Pro can last 22 hours on a single charge, the highest of any portable Mac. No Windows laptop can come close to that number, so there are some benefits, even if it means losing out on potential performance gains. Do you appreciate the path Apple is taking, or would you prefer more performance cores when launching the M3 Pro and M3 Max?

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