It’s been more than two years since Apple introduced two Mac mini models with the M1 chip alongside an M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (reviewed here: M1 Mac mini review). That was back in November 2020. Then Apple launched a M2 MacBook Air and M2 MacBook Pro back in June 2022, but the Mac mini was neglected in that round of updates. Mac fans have been wondering when Apple will update the Mac mini with an M2 chip, as of January 17, 2023 the wait is over.
The new M2 Mac mini offers 8-Core CPU, 10-Core GPU, 16GB Unified Memory and 256GB SSD at the entry-level. It is possible to up the memory to 24GB unified memory at point of sale and up to 2TB SSD.
The great news is that the price has fallen – both in the U.S. where it now starts at $599 (down from $699) with the 512GB model now at $799 (down from $899). In the U.K. the price has also fallen: the 256GB model is £649 (down from £699) and the 512GB model is now £849 (down from £899).
The fact that Apple has reduced prices, and not just in the U.S. but also in the U.K. is a nice surprise. We have always thought that the Mac mini offered the best in terms of specs coupled with a low price, and the new even-lower price means it’s a better deal than ever.
There had been reports, originating with Jon Prosser that suggested the new Mac mini could have a brand new design. If you had hoped that would be the case prepare for disappointment.
The Mac mini hasn’t changed visually since the M1 model launched (the M2 Pro model is identical to the M2 model too, there is no Space Gray option).
Prosser wasn’t the only one expecting a new look Mac mini. In August 2021, Mark Gurman of Bloombergreported that the Mac mini will have “an updated design and more ports than the current model.” Furthermore, the circular rubber pad on the bottom of the new Mac mini was said to have been replaced with two horizontal strips as we see on the underside of the 24-inch iMac stand– we haven’t seen any evidence that this is the case.
Analyst Ming-Cho Kuo, on the other hand, stated in March 2022 that the 2023 Mac mini will have the same form and design as the current model.