Should You Buy The New Mac mini or MacBook Pro Models?

Today, Apple released the new 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros along with the new Mac mini, and all of them have been upgraded to M2 class processors. The question is, should you upgrade to them if you own another Apple Mac. The answer is “it depends.” First, let me cover the improvements:

  • The M2 Max processor that is used in the MacBook Pros now scales to 96GB of RAM. 98% of you reading this have no practical need to have this much RAM in a MacBook Pro.
  • All the new hardware comes with Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 6E
  • In the M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pros along with the M2 Pro Mac mini, you now get HDMI 2.1 which gives you an 8K display at 60Hz or a 4K resolution at 240Hz.
  • The MacBook Pros get one extra hour of battery life under Apple’s rather interesting testing protocol.
  • You get 20% more performance according to Apple. But I would wait for third party benchmarks to confirm or deny that.

Now with that out of the way, here’s my advice:

  • In terms of the Mac mini, completely ignore the M2 Pro model. Once you spec it up to 512gb and 32gb ram, you’re at the same price as the Mac Studio. Yes the Mac Studio is slightly slower in theory, it’s a better buy at the present time.
  • If you have an Intel Mac mini, upgrade immediately to the M2 version. Also I should note that in terms of the M2 model of the Mac mini, with the price cut that Apple did on this model, it’s a compelling buy. If you have an M1 version of the Mac mini, I wouldn’t upgrade as you likely won’t see the performance gains in real world use.
  • If you own an M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook Pro, there’s zero reason to upgrade. This is a minor spec bump. You’re not going to see any significant performance upgrades by going out and buying one of these new M2 Pro or M2 Max MacBooks. But if you have an Intel MacBook Pro, you should upgrade immediately to the M2 Pro or the M2 Max versions.

Did I miss out on anything here when it comes to these new Macs? I’d be interested in hearing about what I did miss and what other thoughts that you have. Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

3 Responses to “Should You Buy The New Mac mini or MacBook Pro Models?”

  1. I have a 2019 16″ Intel 2.3 GHz 8-core i9 with 4 GB AMD Radeon Pro 6500M and Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB MacBook Pro with 64 GB 2667 MHz DDR4 RAM memory, 512 SSD. I bought the Intel version a year ago because I wanted to and I am using Bootcamp to be able to have both macOS and Windows 10 Pro on the device. Do I need to upgrade to the M2 version as you suggested?

    • Your use case is different as I assume you actually rely on Boot Camp to run Windows. There is no such thing as Boot Camp for Apple Silicon Macs. So if you rely on on that functionality, you can’t upgrade.

  2. Thanks so much. I do rely on Boot Camp to run Windows.

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