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How to buy Apple's new MacBook Pro and Mac Mini and skip the line

The new M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini won't arrive in stores until January 24, but you can still preorder right now and dodge the dreaded release day queue.
Written by June Wan, Technology Editor on
Reviewed by Alyson Windsor
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Apple this week swiftly unveiled its 2023 line of MacBook Pros and Mac Mini, moving another step closer to a PC portfolio run completely on the company's own silicon. With the addition of M2, M2 Pro, and M2 Max options, you can expect the new Macs to deliver faster speeds and performance gains on virtually all fronts, including professional tasks like photo and video editing and day-to-day tasks like emailing, video streaming, and gaming.

More: Mac Mini (2023) vs Mac Studio: Is M2 really better than M1?

That said, while both Mac models will officially be in stores starting on Tuesday, January 24, if my impulse buying habits and countless minutes spent on the Apple Store line have taught me anything, it's that you're always better off preordering the devices first. See below for all the info you'll want to know going into the buying process.

When can I buy the MacBook Pro and Mac Mini?

Right now, you can preorder the M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini from Apple's website, with a guaranteed delivery date of next Tuesday (January 24), and from third-party retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. If you plan on picking the device(s) up at your local Apple Store, placing a preorder will allow you to skip the in-store buying queue and, ultimately, save you time on release day.

How much do the new MacBook Pro and Mac Mini cost?

Pricing for the new MacBook Pro depends on the display size, M2 chip variant, and storage that you choose. I've listed the general configurations below with their respective prices.


Chipset

CPU/GPU

Storage

Price

14-inch MacBook Pro

M2 Pro

10-Core CPU/16-Core GPU, 12-Core CPU/19-Core GPU

16GB/512GB, 16GB/1TB

$1,999/$2,499


M2 Max

12-Core CPU/30-Core GPU

32GB/1TB

$3,099

16-inch MacBook Pro

M2 Pro

12-Core CPU/19-Core GPU

16GB/512GB, 16GB/1TB

$2,499/$2,699


M2 Max

12-Core CPU/38-Core GPU

32GB/1TB

$3,499


Similarly, pricing for the new Mac Mini depends on the RAM/storage and which M2 chip you choose. See below for the configuration layout.


Chipset

CPU/GPU

Storage

Price

Mac Mini

M2

8-Core CPU/10-Core GPU

8GB/256GB, 8GB/512GB

$599/$799


M2 Pro

10-Core CPU/16-Core GPU

16GB/512GB

$1,299


How do I preorder the new MacBook Pro and Mac Mini?

The preordering process starts with selecting the MacBook Pro or Mac Mini configuration on Apple's website, adding the device to your cart, and checking out by paying monthly via Apple Card or in full via debit card, credit card, or Apple gift card. You can also choose to have the computer delivered to you on Tuesday, January 24, or be picked up at a local Apple store. My suggestion is if you're available to receive deliveries that day, then it's always better to have the PC shipped.

More: Apple's new MacBook Pro with M2 Pro is more compelling than you'd think

In both cases, the Mac will be eligible for Apple's standard return policy, which includes free returns within 14 days after you receive your order. That means you have until February 7th to return the MacBook Pro or Mac Mini if necessary. 

Right now, you can also preorder the new Mac computers through Amazon and Best Buy, both of which follow their standard buying processes and respective return policies.

What are the best deals on the MacBook Pro and Mac Mini?

Right now, we're only seeing the new M2-equipped MacBook Pro and Mac Mini available on Apple's website. While I fully expect to see discounts on the devices through third-party vendors in the coming months, the current pricing for the Mac Mini is in and of itself a deal. That's because compared to its $699 predecessor, this year's Mac Mini has a starting price of $599 -- or $100 cheaper. For the performance gains that come with the newer model, you'll be paying less for more.

Also: Apple's new M2 MacBook Air is on sale for under $1,000

Additionally, students and teachers who qualify for Apple's education discount can save an additional $100 on the new Macs, bringing the Mac Mini, for example, down to $499.

Stay tuned for more deals on Apple's latest Macs. 

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