Along with the MacBook Pro models, Apple introduced the new Mac mini with M2 and new M2 Pro chips with faster next-generation CPU and GPU, much higher memory bandwidth, and a more powerful media engine. Despite the rumours, there is no design change in the Mac mini.
The Mac mini with M2 features an 8-core CPU with four high-performance and four high-efficiency cores, along with a 10-core GPU. This also adds ProRes acceleration to Mac mini. The M2 model can also simultaneously play up to two streams of 8K ProRes 422 video at 30 fps, or up to 12 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video at 30 fps.
There is also a M2 Pro model with up to 12-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, along with up to a 19-core GPU, 200GB/s of memory bandwidth and up to 32GB of memory. The next-generation Neural Engine is 40% faster than M1.
It can simultaneously play up to five streams of 8K ProRes 422 video at 30 fps, or up to 23 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video at 30 fps. The M2 Pro-powered model is up to 14x faster than the fastest Intel-based Mac mini, says the company.
The M2 model features two Thunderbolt 4 ports and support for up to two displays. The M2 Pro model includes four Thunderbolt 4 ports and support for up to three displays. Additionally, the M2 Pro model can support one 8K display, a first for the Mac.
Both models feature two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port with a 10GB option, and an upgraded headphone jack to support high-impedance headphones. Both these feature Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.3.
These come with 8GB (M2) or 16GB (M2 Pro) unified memory, which is configurable up to 24GB with M2 or 32GB with M2 Pro and storage is configurable up to 2TB with M2 or up to 8TB with M2 Pro.
Pricing and availability
- mac mini M2 8-Core CPU, 10-Core GPU, 8GB Unified Memory, 256GB SSD – Rs. 59900 ($599 in the US)
- mac mini M2 8-Core CPU, 10-Core GPU, 8GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD – Rs. 79900 ($799 in the US)
- mac mini M2 Pro 10-Core CPU, 16-Core GPU, 16GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD – Rs. 1,29,900 ($1299 in the US)
The new Mac mini models with M2 and M2 Pro are available to order today, January 17, on apple.com/in/store and in the Apple Store app in 27 countries and regions, including the US. They will ship starting Tuesday, January 24.