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This week, Apple was not stingy with new features. Several new products were unveiled, from new Apple silicon M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsof new MacBook Pro M2 Pro/Max 14 and 16″a new Mac mini M2/M2 Pro and one new HomePod. Except that all these announcements were made fairly quickly, via press release and Keynote-style presentation video. Apple obviously didn’t have time to dwell on the details, which we did, for the new MacBook Pro 14 and 16″but also for the new HomePod speaker.

In this article, it’s the new Mac mini that we tackle. Here are 7 things you need to know about him.

Mac mini 2023 M2 256 GB at the best price Base price: €699

A less expensive mac mini M2

The starting price of the Mac mini M1, with M1 chip, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage was €799. The new version, with M2 chip and the same amount of RAM and storage, costs €100 less: €699.

The price drop is massive, especially since we are more used to seeing Apple increase its prices from one generation to another. Note that the same machine with doubled storage, 512 GB, also costs €100 less in the M2 version than in the M1 version: €929 instead of €1,029.

The Mac mini M2 Pro more powerful than the Mac Studio, at the same price

New for this new Mac mini, it can be equipped with a boosted M2, the M2 Pro. This incorporates a CPU with 10 or 12 cores and a GPU with 16 or 19 cores, depending on the version. If we choose the 12-core version of the M2 Pro, adding 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage, the bill rises to €2,354.

In comparison, the Mac Studio with its M1 Max chip with 10-core CPU, 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage costs €2,299, i.e. €55 less.

Nevertheless, we saw it recentlythe first benchmarks show a clear and clear advantage for the CPU of the 12-core Mac mini M2 Pro.

On the other hand, the Mac Studio should stay ahead for everything related to graphics, since its GPU is 24 cores, when the M2 Pro CPU 12 cores integrates a GPU of only 19 cores.

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More storage and RAM options

The Mac mini version 2023 can integrate up to 8TB SSD storage and 32 GB of RAM. The old version was limited to 2TB of storage and 16GB of RAM.

Mac mini 2023 M2 256 GB at the best price Base price: €699

Better wired and wireless connectivity

The Mac mini M2 Pro can enjoy the option 10 Gigabit Ethernet, which was not the case with its predecessor M1. Additionally, while Mac mini M1 and Mac mini M2 have 2 Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 ports, Mac mini M2 Pro includes double. The datasheet of the machine indeed indicates 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Mac mini M2 Pro back side

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For wireless, we also note the best for the latest Mac mini. This one, like the new 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pro, comes equipped with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, evolving from Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. Above all, this means better speeds in both cases.

No change in style

You will probably have noticed that apart from a few more Thunderbolt ports for the M2 Pro version of the new Mac mini, there are no aesthetic changes to the menu. The computer case has been the same for several generations now. The data sheets do not indicate any change in dimensions or weight from the old generation of the Mac mini to the new one. Furthermore, according to recent informationthe design is not expected to change for many more years.

Did you order a Mac mini M2? If not, do you plan to do it soon?

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