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As is traditional for new Apple products, the first deliveries of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Air, M2 Ultra Mac Studio, and Apple Silicon Mac Pro are now being made to customers in Australia and New Zealand. The two countries are the beneficiaries of global time zones, so Tuesday, June 13th arrived first in both countries.
All three new Macs debuted on June 5, during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and Apple began accepting pre-orders that same day. Today is also the day that all new Macs will be available in Apple retail store locations. Since New Zealand currently doesn’t have any Apple Stores, Australia will be the first country where the new machines appear in-store.
Deliveries and in-store availability of the new Macs will next begin in Asia, Europe, and North America, in that order.
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The New Mac Studio
The Mac Studio is up to 3x faster than the previous-generation model, which was powered by Apple’s M1 Ultra chip.
Apple says the Mac Studio with M2 Ultra has 192GB of unified memory, which is much more than even the most advanced workstation graphics cards. The Mac Studio can play up to 22 streams of 8K ProRes video.
Mac Studio with the lesser M2 Max chip boasts a 12-core CPU, up to a 38-core GPU, and up to 96GB of unified memory. That model of the Mac Studio is said to be up to 50% faster than the previous-generation model.
The Apple Silicon Mac Pro
Apple’s new Mac Pro is powered solely by the M2 Ultra, featuring Apple’s most powerful 24-core CPU and a choice of a 60-core or 76-core GPU. The Mac Pro also starts with double the memory and SSD storage and can be configured with up to 192GB of RAM. The Mac Pro can play up to 22 streams of 8K ProRes video.
The new Mac Pro boasts seven PCle expansion slots, including six open expansion slots that support generation 4, which is 2x faster than the previous model.
The Mac Pro also boasts eight Thunderbolt 4 ports — six on the back of the machine and two on the top — which is twice as many as before, plus three USB-A ports, two 10GB Ethernet ports, and two HDMI ports supporting up to 8K resolution and 240Hz frame rates. The Mac Pro can handle up to six Pro Display XDRs, and supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
The 15-inch MacBook Air
Apple’s new M2-powered 15-inch MacBook Air lineup features a 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display, provides as much as 18 hours of battery life, and a fanless design.
The new 3.3-pound MacBook Air measures just 11.5mm thick, making it the world’s thinnest 15-inch laptop. The new Mac laptops boast a six-speaker sound system, with Spatial Audio. It also sports a 1080p FaceTime HD camera and MagSafe charging.
The new laptop also has two Thunderbolt ports, which can handle an up to 6K external display, and also sports a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is available in four finishes — starlight, space gray, midnight, and silver.
The Mac Pro is a “Product of Thailand?”
In other Mac Pro-related news, the new “Pro” has a “Product of Thailand” label, even though the FCC filing notes that the final assembly of the “Pro” desktop Mac still takes place in the US
The previous-generation Mac Pro included components that were manufactured by more than a dozen American companies for units sold in the US. However, the label on 2023 Mac Pro models sold in the U.S. now reads:
Designed by Apple in California. Product of Thailand. Final assembly in the USA.
While the final assembly of the Mac Pro will continue to be based in the US, all other Macs are both manufactured and assembled in other countries.