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How to buy Apple’s new M2-powered MacBook Pros and Mac Mini

How to buy Apple’s new M2-powered MacBook Pros and Mac Mini

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The latest round of Macs has been announced, and they are available to order now with a shipping date of January 24th.

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The silver 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros sitting back-to-back, partially open on a white background.
The new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are accompanied by a new Mac Mini.
Image: Apple

Apple’s freshly announced MacBook Pro laptops and Mac Mini desktop now come equipped with M2 processors, and these new computers are already available to order. Here’s the lowdown on what these new machines offer and where you can order them right now so you get yours right away.

While these new Macs look a whole lot like the previous M1 models they are replacing, Apple claims that this spec-bump generation means a lot for processing power and battery longevity for the MacBooks. We’ll have to review them to see just how improved they really are, but if you’re in the market for being an early adopter, here’s where to buy these computers that are all scheduled to ship on January 24th.

A top-level view of the features and configuration options of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros for 2023.
A top-level view of the features and configuration options of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros for 2023.
Image: Apple

How to buy the 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max

The 14-inch MacBook Pro looks very much like the model from 2021, complete with a notched display, a MagSafe magnetic charging connector, three USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and an SD card slot. The new model for 2023 now also has Wi-Fi 6E (which is good for future-proofing), HDMI output that goes up to 8K / 60Hz or 4K / 240Hz, and a battery that Apple claims is capable of lasting up to 22 hours.

The base configuration of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro comes with the M2 Pro CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for $1,999. The next step up gets you two more CPU cores, three more GPU cores, and a 1TB SSD for $2,499. Opting for the higher-end M2 Max chip increases the asking price to $3,099. The 14-inch MacBook Pro is currently available to order directly from Apple, Best Buy, Amazon, or B&H Photo and is expected to ship on January 24th.

$1999

The 2023 version of the 14-inch MacBook Pro comes equipped with the new M2 Pro 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD storage. It can also be configured with a higher-end M2 Max processor.

How to buy the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro or M2 Max

The 16-inch MacBook Pro for 2023 tells a very similar tale to its smaller 14-inch counterpart. This is Apple’s largest and highest-end laptop, and it maintains the design, screen, and ports of its 2021 predecessor.

What’s new for 2023 is that the base 16-inch MacBook Pro now comes with the M2 Pro chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for $2,499. It’s the same M2 Pro with a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU that the midrange 14-inch MacBook Pro comes with and at the same price. So at $2,499, you can choose between equally powerful 16-inch or 14-inch MacBook Pros, although opting for the smaller model nets you a larger 1TB SSD.

The next step up for the 16-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same M2 Pro and increases the storage to 1TB for $2,699, while the higher-end M2 Max processor runs you $3,499 with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. All configurations are available to order from Apple, Best Buy, or B&H Photo and expected to ship on January 24th. And yes, you can customize any 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro to something ludicrously expensive if you choose.

$2499

The 16-inch MacBook Pro for 2023 remains the largest at the top end of the Mac laptop lineup. Its base model comes with the new M2 Pro 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD storage. It can also be configured with a higher-end M2 Max processor.

That’s some lovely I/O on the back of the M2 Pro Mac Mini. If only it had an SD card slot as well.
That’s some lovely I/O on the back of the M2 Pro Mac Mini. If only it had an SD card slot as well.
Image: Apple

How to buy the Mac Mini with M2 or M2 Pro

The base Mac Mini is a direct successor to the M1 model from 2020. It ups the processor to the M2 (the same found in the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro) and comes in a base configuration with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Much like the outgoing M1 model, it’s got two USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a gigabit ethernet jack, and a 3.5mm headphone port. All of that will run you $599, which is quite affordable, but keep in mind that you must provide your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

For $200 more, the M2 Mac Mini is configurable with a larger 512GB SSD, though not much else. Where the new Mac Mini gets really interesting is at its higher tier, which comes with the M2 Pro processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and two more USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 ports for $1,299.

This M2 Pro Mac Mini model tracks very similarly to the base configuration of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro, though you’re saving a good chunk of change and getting an extra USB-C port in exchange for having to provide your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. At first glance, at least on paper, the M2 Pro Mac Mini seems like a nice balance of performance and value if you don’t need a laptop and the pricier Mac Studio is too much computer for you. We’ll see how it shakes out once we review it.

Just like the MacBook Pros, all versions of the M2 and M2 Pro Mac Mini are set to ship on January 24th. The M2 version is available to order from Apple, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. The premium M2 Pro version is also available at Apple, Best Buy, and B&H Photo.

A photo of Apple’s 2023 Mac Mini.

Mac Mini (M2, 2023)

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$549

The revised Mac Mini for 2023 starts at $599 for an M2-powered model with an eight-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. The Mini can also be had with the M2 Pro chip, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and more robust port selection for $1,299.

Which of these new Macs is the right one for you, if any? Personally, I’m pretty tempted by that M2 Pro Mac Mini. That’s not something I thought I’d be saying before today, but I’m a sucker for a good value and decent port selection. Also, let’s pour one out in the comments for the M1 iMac getting left high and dry on the spec-bump train.

Update January 18th, 4:20PM ET: This post has been updated with links to other retailers now also taking preorders.