MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023): everything you need to know about Apple's newest laptop

The Apple MacBook Pro M2 laptop on a blue background
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Apple has launched a new MacBook Pro 16-inch model, equipped with the shiny new M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. You can read about the 14-inch model, launched alongside the 16-inch model here, but in this article, we're going to be examining the bigger (and more expensive) 16-inch version. Make sure you check out our full MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023) review for our complete thoughts on how the new laptop performs.

Thanks to the newly powered-up M2 Pro and Max chips, the 2023 MacBook Pro 16-inch has made its way onto our list of the best MacBooks and Macs, not unlike the mighty MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022), which doesn't have those chips, instead using the standard M2 SoC found in the MacBook Air (2022).

There's a lot to like here, from uber-powerful new silicon to a pleasingly sane price model. Sure, they're still seriously expensive devices, but that shouldn't be surprising to anyone remotely familiar with Apple hardware; the important thing here is that we're not looking at any huge generational price jumps.

Keep reading to learn all the details you need to know about the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023) and whether or not this is the right laptop for you.

MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023): Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The 16-inch model of Apple's 2023 M2 MacBook Pro
  • When is it available? Official release on January 24
  • What does it cost? Ranging from $2,499 / £2,699 / AU$3,999 to $3,499 / £3,749 / AU$5,599 without optional upgrades

MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023): Release date

The Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max chips on a green background

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Take a quick trip over to the Apple website and you'll find a video with a ton of info about the new MacBook Pro 16-inch. Perhaps the most pertinent detail here is the release date, which is January 24.

The M2 MacBook Pro 14-inch and new M2-powered versions of the Mac mini also launched on the same day.

MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023): Price

The sides of the Apple MacBook Pro M2 laptop on a blue background

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As mentioned above, we're pleased to see that the M2 MacBook Pro 16-inch isn't getting a big generational price increase this time around. Much like the M1 Pro version, this laptop starts at $2,499 in the US for the base configuration: that's the M2 Pro chip, 16GB of unified memory, and 512GB of SSD storage.

Looking at the more powerful models, the M2 Max version of the MacBook Pro 16-inch will run you a cool thousand dollars more with its $3,499 base price, which comes with 32GB of memory and a 1TB drive.

As usual, of course, all the models listed on Apple's website can be configured specifically to your liking, adjusting the processor, RAM, and storage. If you go nuts and opt for the highest-possible spec (which has a ludicrous 96GB of memory and 8TB of storage), you'll be paying a wallet-battering $6,499. You can also get Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro software preinstalled on the laptop, at $299.99 and $199.99 respectively.

Unfortunately for UK buyers, pricing outside of America is a bit steeper. The additional upgrades to the internal components get a direct currency swap (so it's $200 / £200 to upgrade from a 512GB SSD to a 1TB one) but the base prices for each model are inexplicably higher in the UK.

The cheapest model will cost £2,699 in Britain, about $3,315 at the time of writing. The higher-end M2 Max edition will cost £3,749 – that's a little over $4,600, more than a thousand dollars more than it costs in the US. Considering the current cost-of-living crisis squeezing the UK, this is a deeply disappointing move from Apple.

Australian prices are also relatively eye-watering, starting at AU$3,999. To upgrade to the 1TB storage, Aussie buyers are going to have to fork out an additional AU$300 for it. The M2 Max also have a steep price jump, setting back anyone who's after the higher-end model AU$5,599.

MacBook Pro 16-inch (2023): Specs

MacBook Pro M2 Pro and Max specs sheet

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Interestingly, only the more powerful version of the two M2 Pro chip variants is available in the 16-inch MacBook Pro; a slightly toned-down version with fewer CPU and GPU cores can be found in the cheapest configurations of the new MacBook Pro 14-inch.

You can choose from two different versions of the M2 Max chip, however, one with 30 GPU cores and a more powerful version with 38. Every model has the same 12 CPU cores and 16-core Neural Engine built in.

In terms of memory, configurations are tied to the chosen processor, with 16GB or 32GB available for the M2 Pro and up to 96GB available for M2 Max models. Storage starts at 512GB, and can be configured up to 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB. The MacBook Pro 16-inch with the M2 Max chip will come with a minimum of 1TB drive capacity.

The 16-inch display is technically a 16.2-inch screen, but the rounded corners slightly reduce the effective viewing area. Nonetheless, it's the same high-quality Liquid Retina XDR display we've come to love on Apple's laptops. We've got an upgraded battery too, with a potential battery life of up to 22 hours.

For physical connectivity, we're looking at three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port supporting 8K video output, an SDXC card slot, a headphone jack, and a MagSafe 3 port for charging the laptop. All in all, it's an impressive showing for Apple's latest MacBook Pro.

Christian Guyton
Editor, Computing

Christian is TechRadar’s UK-based Computing Editor. He came to us from Maximum PC magazine, where he fell in love with computer hardware and building PCs. He was a regular fixture amongst our freelance review team before making the jump to TechRadar, and can usually be found drooling over the latest high-end graphics card or gaming laptop before looking at his bank account balance and crying.

Christian is a keen campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights and the owner of a charming rescue dog named Lucy, having adopted her after he beat cancer in 2021. She keeps him fit and healthy through a combination of face-licking and long walks, and only occasionally barks at him to demand treats when he’s trying to work from home.