Price check: M2 MacBook Pro and Mac mini
Apple unveiled new models of MacBook Pro and Mac mini yesterday. The laptops come with the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets, while the mini gets the base M2 as well as the M2 Pro. We’ve checked multiple regions around the world for pricing and shipping dates.
Shipping dates are easy – January 24th, except for the US, which says the 23rd. However, the press release claimed January 24th as the start of shipping, so let’s go (that’s- i.e. Tuesday next week).
Note that the prices shown in the tables below are for basic configurations only. Apple is soldering RAM and storage to the card and the Unified Memory model has minimums, for example you can’t have an M2 Pro with less than 16GB of RAM or an M2 Max with less than 32GB.
The new 14″ MacBook Pro
Let’s start with the new MacBook Pro. These replace the 14″ and 16″ Pros with the M1 chips from October 2021. The 13″ model remains unchanged.
Be careful when choosing a chipset – there are different CPU core and GPU configurations available
A note on the chipsets – the base 14-inch configuration has an M2 Pro with a 10-core CPU and a 16-core GPU. You can get the fully activated M2 Pro 12/19 core for an additional $300. The 16-inch version only uses 12/19 core chips. The base 14-inch M2 Max models start with a 30-core GPU, the 38-core GPU costs an extra $200 (both have 12-core processors). The 16″ M2 Max only comes with 38 core GPUs. Yes, it’s confusing, so pay attention to the options.
|MacBook Pro 14″||M2 Pro||16/512 GB||$2,000||CA$2,600||£2,150||€2,400||₹200,000|
|MacBook Pro 16″||M2 Pro||16/512 GB||$2,500||CA$3,200||£2,700||€3,000||₹250,000|
Moving on to the new Mac mini, you can have an M2 or an M2 Pro. There is no M2 Max option, Apple is probably saving it for the new Studio. As with the laptop, the M2 Pro based mini comes with the 10/16 core chip as standard and it’s a $300 upgrade to get the 12/19 core chip.
The new Mac mini powered by M2 • M2 mac mini with 2 Thunderbolt ports • 4 ports on the M2 Pro mini
Another thing to note is that the M2 version only has 2 Thunderbolt ports, the M2 Pro version has four. Both can have 10GB Ethernet, but that’s an extra $100.
|mac mini||M2||8/256 GB||$600||CA$800||£650||700 €||₹60,000|
|mac mini||M2 Pro||16/512 GB||$1,300||C$1,700||£1,400||€1,550||₹130,000|
This $600 Mac mini looks like a steal. However, you may want more memory and you’ll pay for it – going from 8GB to 16GB RAM costs $200, from 256GB SSD to 512GB costs $200 more. Again, the memory is soldered down, but connecting external storage is pretty straightforward, so you can skip the SSD upgrade.
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