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We now know the MacMini is not getting a PRO or MAX chip, which is what I've been saying all along. I'm guessing the bare bones Studio starts at no less than $2k but it's likely to be closer to $3k. The Mini will simply get the base M2 that's coming with a few extra graphics core and probably the enhanced media encoder/decoder.
mobird said:Many of us here on Appleinsider have been diligent over numerous years wanting for Apple to release the machine described in this article with many naysayers saying that it is a niche market, blah, blah, blah and it's market that Apple is not interested in.
mcdave said:Does an M2 MBP really need all the bulk & the display of the current 14” version? Would a split processor generation product range make sense?
Lose the Air and stick with MacBook for 14” entry level machine add silver & space grey to the colour range. Simplify.
The Air on the other hand will lose the bezel by shrinking the case, which means the speakers will have to be above the function keys or somewhere else, which should work since there is no fan and little if any heat. The air will then be very close to the former 12" MacBook in size.
Doubling the M1 Max chips up makes sense and would explain, from what I read, why no one has been able to saturate the chips internal bandwidth much beyond half of its advertised capacity. For a dual chip configuration to work efficiently, the two chips would need to share resources without significant bottlenecks.
The Mac Pro is the big mystery, is how memory expansion will work and what happens to 3rd party graphics cards, especially with the rumored reduction is the size of the enclosure.