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Act fast and get up to $150 off M2 Mac mini models

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You can get M2 models for $100 off and some M2 Pro models like this one for $150 off.
You can get M2 models for $100 off and some M2 Pro models like this one for $150 off.
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With Amazon Prime Big Deal Days Behind Us — with no sign of a discounted Mac mini that we noticed — here’s your chance to bag deals on M2 Mac mini from B&H.

They include the entry-level model of the small-but-mighty desktop machine for a hundred bucks off, at just $499. And some models are marked down $150.

Get the MacBook Pro you want at the discount you need

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The 16-inch MacBook Pro is the best laptop you can buy at its discounted price.
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Apple’s 2023 16-inch MacBook Pro represents the best of what the company has to offer in a laptop. But it is equally expensive, putting it out of reach for many.

With Amazon’s latest deal, the 16-inch MacBook Pro gets a fair bit cheaper after a $250 discount. This brings the entry-level model’s price down to $2,249 from $2,499.

2023 MacBook Pro gets massive $150 discount

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2023 MacBook Pro.
Get a flat $150 discount on Apple's 2023 MacBook Pro lineup.
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Apple’s 2023 MacBook Pro lineup is available with a massive $150 discount on Amazon. The deal applies to all configurations of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

This fantastic deal is unlikely to last long, so buy the MacBook you want before stocks run out.

Review roundup: M2 and M2 Pro chips jack up new Mac mini models

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Reviewers heartily recommend the M2 and M2 Pro Mac mini models for different types of users.
Reviewers heartily recommend the M2 and M2 Pro Mac mini models for different types of users.
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With the new M2 and M2 Pro versions of Mac mini released last week and expected to ship Tuesday, reviewers are showing a lot of enthusiasm for the new compact desktop machines.

Starting at $599, the Mac mini remains the cheapest Mac, but with performance upgrades and a powerful M2 Pro version on offer, the machines are more than capable of meeting the needs average users and pro creatives alike, reviewers said.

How the M2 and M2 Pro Mac minis compare to the M1 model

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M1 vs M2 Mac Mini Comparison
How does the M2/Pro Mac mini compare against the M1 mini?
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Apple’s newest Mac mini packs a punch. It comes with a faster M2 chip, with the company even bringing the M2 Pro chip to the compact desktop Mac.

So, how does the M2/Pro Mac mini compare to the M1 and the high-end Intel-powered Mac mini that it replaces? Find out in our comparison.

New MacBook Pro models come supercharged with M2 Pro and Max chips

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Apple said Tuesday its new M2-powered 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will ship January 24.
Apple said Tuesday its new M2-powered 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will ship January 24.
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Apple released new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models Tuesday powered by the company’s most advanced processors, the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. The new laptops — which deliver the longest battery life ever in a Mac — are available to preorder now and go on sale January 24, Apple said.

“MacBook Pro with Apple silicon has been a game changer, empowering pros to push the limits of their workflows while on the go and do things they never thought possible on a laptop,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a press release. “Today the MacBook Pro gets even better. With faster performance, enhanced connectivity, and the longest battery life ever in a Mac, along with the best display in a laptop, there’s simply nothing else like it.”

Apple launches powerful new Mac mini at a lower cost

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Mac Mini with Studio Display editing video in Final Cut and editing audio in Logic Pro.
“With its powerful media engine with ProRes acceleration, Mac mini with M2 Pro delivers unbelievably fast video processing.”
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Apple launched a new Mac mini Tuesday, an upgraded model that uses the M2 chip seen last summer in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. A higher-end version runs on the brand-new M2 Pro chip, which also powers the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, also introduced today.

“Bringing even more performance and a lower starting price, Mac mini with M2 is a tremendous value,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a press release. “And for users who need powerful pro performance, Mac mini with M2 Pro is unlike any other desktop in its class.”

The computers are available to preorder today and will arrive January 24.

Apple’s new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips raise the performance bar … again

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M2 Pro and M2 Max are next-generation chips going into multiple Apple computers.
Apple's next-generation M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs are its fastest chips yet.
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Apple’s next-generation M2 Pro and M2 Max chips went official on Tuesday. The new processors power Apple’s brand-new MacBook Pro lineup and, for the first time, the Mac mini.

Both SoCs deliver better CPU and GPU performance than their M1 predecessors, along with faster image processing.

Don’t expect new MacBook Pro or Mac mini before 2023

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What we're expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max
The wait for MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro or M2 Max is supposedly going to be much longer than expected.
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Apple is done introducing Macs in 2022, according to a reliable source of insider information. The MacBook Pro models with the M2 Pro and M2 Max allegedly won’t be out until late in Q1 2023.

The report is unconfirmed, but it fits with a recent warning from Apple’s CFO that Mac sales this quarter will be much slower than during the same period of 2021.

What we’re expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max

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What we're expecting from 2022 MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max
Late 2022 MacBook Pro buyers can look forward to faster macOS notebooks.
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There’s overwhelming evidence that Apple is about to reveal the M2 Pro and M2 Max, a fresh generation of high-performance processors for notebooks. These are expected to go into the next generation of 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.

Here’s what to expect in new macOS laptops before the end of 2022.

What to expect at the Apple October product-launch event

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What to expect at the Apple October product-launch event
New MacBook Pro models and moderately redesigned iPad Pro tablets will likely be the highlights of the Apple October 2022 event.
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Apple isn’t ready to relax just because the September iPhone event is done. An Apple October event is almost certainly planned with new MacBooks and iPads. And maybe more.

Here’s everything we’re expecting to be on the agenda.

MacBook Pro getting speed increase this fall

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Apple is about to take the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro from 2021 and put in even faster processors.
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Updated versions of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro will go onto production during the last months of 2022, according to a prominent Apple analyst. These will have faster processors.

Another reliable source said essentially the same, making it likely that Apple is about refresh its top-tier notebooks.

Why the Apple M2 Pro processor will be even better than expected [Updated]

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Apple might get cutting-edge 3nm processors in 2022
Apple will reportedly be one of the first companies in the world able to offer processors made with a 3nm process.
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Multiple sources say the Apple’s upcoming M2 Pro chip will be made with an enhanced manufacturing process that wasn’t yet available for the recently released M2. That will make Apple’s next processor more efficient than the one in the new MacBook Air.

Even better, the M2 Pro could launch in updated MacBook Pro models before the end of 2022.

First Macs with M2 processor might take the stage at WWDC22

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The M2 processor could be a highlight of WWDC22.
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The wait for a redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 processor will be over soon, if a tipster is correct. The notebook will supposedly be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. And a version of the Mac mini with the M2 allegedly will be unveiled at the same time.

If true, these will be the first Macs with the improved replacement for Apple’s M1 processor.

Apple’s massive Mac mini upgrade may not be ready until 2023

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Mac mini's next refresh is coming, just not in a hurry.
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Apple’s next major refresh for Mac mini may not come until 2023, according to the latest claims from one analyst, who has proven reliable in the past.

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities this week revised his predictions for the next-generation compact desktop, which he previously expected to see this year. It could now launch alongside the first Mac Pro with Apple silicon.

Apple’s next Mac mini could be powered by new ‘M2’ and ‘M2 Pro’ chips

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Mac shipments skyrocket as pandemic drags on
The M2 chip will be based on A15 Bionic, sources say.
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Apple’s next-generation Mac mini will be its first machine to offer new “M2” and “M2 Pro” chips, according to a new report. The new compact desktop, which is said to be codenamed “J473” internally, is expected to launch in 2022.

Sources say Apple originally planned to make Mac mini significantly more powerful by adding its beefy M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets. But those plans were supposedly scrapped in favor of the all-new Mac Studio.

What to expect from MacBook Air and the M2 processor in 2022

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What to expect from MacBook Air and the M2 processor in 2022
The 2022 MacBook Air is expected to bring quite significant changes.
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With 2022 almost on us, it’s time to look forward to the massive MacBook Air refresh expected next year. Tipsters say there’ll be a slim new design, a much better screen and a range of other improvements.

This notebook is also expected to be the debut of the super-speedy Apple M2 processor.

Apple’s next-gen ‘M2’ chipset could land in 2022 before even faster ‘M2 Pro’

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Does this mean Apple won't hit its two-year target for ditching Intel?
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Apple will introduce its next-generation “M2” chipset for Mac next year, followed by an even more powerful “M2 Pro” in 2023, according to a new report. Both are expected to use TSMC’s new 4-nanometer manufacturing process.

The report somewhat contradicts Apple’s plan to do away with Intel and transition all Mac models to custom chipsets within two years. That’s if Apple waits for the “M2 Pro” before updating high-end machines like the Mac Pro.