Mac Mini has always been the Apple alternative, that goes head to head with Mini PCs or NUCs – because of the form factor and the performance it houses in a small chassis. Apple has refreshed their new Mac Mini with the newest Apple Silicon for the year, meet: Mac Mini M2 and Mac Mini M2 Pro.
Apple Mac Mini M2 and Apple Mac Mini M2 Pro
The Mac Mini M2 has the same chassis but what’s on the inside, varies by a lot. It now features the same processor as the “notch” Apple Macbook Air, which is the M2 silicon. The Apple Mac Mini M2 is equipped with an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, which hits the spot for the majority of users who wants a system to get their everyday tasks going. With 24GB of unified memory and 100GB/s of bandwidth, you can edit with this little machine if you want to. After all, it is capable of doing so.
The Mac Mini M2 Pro on the other hand gives a performance like no other – equipped with up to a 12-core CPU and up to 19-core GPU with 200GB/S of memory bandwidth and supports up to 32GB of Memory. Pretty much “double” the performance of the Mini M2. So, for those who want to edit and find the Mac Mini Studio on the pricier side, this seems to be the budget option to get things going.
Other than the performance…
The M2 and the M2 Pro silicon has two different power train, which means, when it comes to ports – there are some shortcomings, especially for the non-pro, where users will be limited to 2x Thunderbolt 4 as compared to the M2 Pro Mac Mini which has 4 – same as the Macbook Pro with M2 Pro and Max. Otherwise, the port configurations are the same with one HDMI capable of a 4K or 8K display depending on the silicon of choice, 2 USB-A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet Port with a 10Gbps option and most of all, supporting the latest Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
It will run the same macOS Ventura which is capable of many things such as Stage Manager, Desk View, Centre Stage, Studio Light and so much more.
Pricing and Availability
The pricing for both the Mac Mini M2 and Mac Mini M2 Pro is pretty competitive. Starting with the base M2 variant, which starts at RM 2499 for the 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU with 8GB Unified Memory and 256GB SSD storage. The higher 512GB comes at RM 3,299 and if you plan to opt-in for the M2 Pro, it starts at RM 5,599. There’s no news as to when it would be available – so stay tuned to us here or on our socials.