Apple simply dropped a refresh to the Mac Mini. The brand new model of the compact desktop arrives with a selection of final yr’s M2 chip, or the freshly arrived M2 Professional.
The system acquired a serious refresh again in 2020, with the arrival of the primary M1 chip. In his assessment, Matt referred to as the system a “no-compromise, low-cost Mac.”
Apple says the brand new mannequin compares thusly to its predecessor:
- As much as 2.5x sooner graphics efficiency in Affinity Picture.
- As much as 4.2x sooner ProRes transcode in Remaining Lower Professional.
- As much as 2.8x sooner gameplay in Resident Evil Village.
The system — full identify “Mac Mini with M2” — options an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, coupled with as much as 24 GB of RAM 8 TB of storage. A totally specked-out M2 Professional system will run simply over $4,099, with out the show. Even so, it’s clear the corporate is positioning this because the low-cost different to its high-end Mac Studio desktop (which nonetheless sports activities the M1 Max or Extremely and begins at $2,000). In any case, it’s been some time since Apple provided up this many desktop choices.
Seemingly the corporate will proceed to push the Studio for “severe” execs — notably if/when the M2 fashions arrive later within the yr. In the intervening time, nevertheless, this factor appears lots succesful on the video entrance, with the power to “concurrently play as much as two streams of 8K ProRes 422 video at 30 fps, or as much as 12 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video at 30 fps.”
You get 4 Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports, with assist for an 8K show. There are additionally two USB-A ports, plus an HDMI, Ethernet and a headphone jack. The system additionally helps Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
“With unimaginable capabilities and a wide selection of connectivity in its compact design, Mac mini is utilized in so many locations, in so many alternative methods. Immediately, we’re excited to take it even additional with M2 and M2 Professional,” SVP Greg Joswiak says in a launch. “Bringing much more efficiency and a decrease beginning worth, Mac mini with M2 is an incredible worth.”
The brand new Mac Mini begins at $599 ($100 lower than its predecessor) and is offered to pre-order right now. Delivery begins in per week, on January 24.