Apple this morning dropped a refresh to the Mac Mini. The new version of the company desktop arrives with a choice of last year’s M2 chip, or the freshly arrived M2 Pro.
The system received a major refresh back in 2020, with the arrival of the first M1 chip. Apple says the compares thusly to its predecessor:
Up to 2.5x faster graphics performance in Affinity Photo.
Up to 4.2x faster ProRes transcode in Final Cut Pro.
Up to 2.8x faster gameplay in Resident Evil Village.
The system – full name “Mac Mini with M2”) – features an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, coupled with up to 24GB of RAM 8TB of storage. A fully speced out M2 Pro system will run just over $4,099, without the display.
“With incredible capabilities and a wide array of connectivity in its compact design, Mac mini is used in so many places, in so many different ways. Today, we’re excited to take it even further with M2 and M2 Pro,” SVP Greg Joswiak says in a release. “Bringing even more performance and a lower starting price, Mac mini with M2 is a tremendous value.”
The system starts at $599 and is available to pre-order today. Shipping starts in a week, on January 24.