The Apple computer is now even more powerful
The cheapest Apple computer is now even more powerful and even cheaper.
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Apple debuted the new M2 Pro and M2 Max CPUs, as well as new PCs, with hardly any fanfare.
Apple introduced its latest processors, the M2 Pro and M2 Max, as well as the machines that will use these chips, the Mac mini, MacBook Pro 14", and MacBook Pro 16". The new chips are not based on the planned 4nm manufacturing technique, but they do provide certain advances.
Both CPUs are based on the M2 processor from last year, which was initially seen in the redesigned MacBook Air model. According to Apple, the M2 Pro increases the basic processor and provides users with 10 or 12 CPU cores, or up to 19 GPU cores, as well as 20% higher performance compared to the M1 Pro chipset - both in terms of processor and graphics. M2 Pro devices are available with up to 32 GB of RAM.
The M2 Max, on the other hand, is a flagship chipset that, like the M2 Pro, has 12 CPU cores but doubles the amount of GPU cores to 38. Performance is further improved by increasing the possible memory speed to 400 GB/s compared to the M2 Pro, resulting in 30% greater graphics performance compared to the M1 Max, and it is available with up to 96 GB of memory.
It's no secret that the enhancements are virtually entirely incremental, and this exemplifies Apple's approach to this launch. The Cupertino behemoth did not hold a special event, but simply announced new chips and computers "out of the blue" on its website, and improvements to MacBook laptops can be summed up in one sentence - a new chip, better battery life, and an HDMI 2.1 port - so the Mac mini is the most up-to-date device in the lineup.
When the M1 CPUs were announced, Apple released the Mac mini computer alongside the MacBook Air laptop. Unfortunately, this was the exception rather than the rule, and we had to wait six months after the M2 Air laptop for a new tiny device.
However, unlike last year's MacBook Air model, the new Mac mini does not include a "crippled" M2 chipset with 8 GPU cores, but rather 8 CPU and 10 GPU cores in its base configuration. Buyers of the Air laptop had to pay an extra $300 for this setup, but they also received a 512GB SSD. That is not the case here, as the base Mac mini only has 256GB of storage. The new price is the biggest surprise.
Because Apple has clearly abandoned the Intel version, the basic M2 version with 8 GB of RAM has taken its place in the offer, thus customers will now pay $599 and up for the new Mac mini. Although this is not a cheap computer, it is surely appealing to those who need a compact and capable computer for everyday chores and do not require a lot of storage space, because every increase, whether RAM or SSD, costs an extra $200.
Apple also had a valid reason for releasing the Mac mini after the MacBook Air. Unlike its predecessor, the new small can be found with the M2 Pro CPU as well as the basic version of the chip.
The base M2 Pro version costs $1,299 and has 10 CPU and GPU cores, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD, as well as two more Thunderbolt 4 ports on the back. If consumers require additional cores, they must pay an additional $300. If clients desire the best processor type, 32 GB RAM, 8 TB SSD, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, the price of this system might exceed $4,499.
Post by Bryan C.