I am leaving my corporate life, going into teaching.
I have to return the MacBook. This MacBook has been migrated from a few MacBooks in the same company over the past 12 years, so I have tons of customizing and I’d like to migrate them to a new, personal Mac mini which I want to purchase (yay! to education discount)
However, as I will be leaving in October, I need to make the Mac mini purchase soon. I know Apple does not announce M3 in the Sept, iPhone event, but when will they announce? In the past, did they do it at the year end or in 1Q or 2Q?
The current company has also locked down the USB ports, so I cannot do a Time Machine backup to an external drive. I have to migrate before I return the MacBooks. I don’t have Backblaze and I doubt I can install one in the company computer.
I can live with all the grubs, leftovers, corporate junk in the new Mac mini… I just don’t want to spend days to customise the new Macs from scratch.
Any ideas if I should buy now or buy later and thus, customise everything again.
One of my use cases for this new Mac Mini is to learn iOS development. I have already started watching some video from Udemy. So, ideally, I’d like the Mac Mini to be as current as possible, as having a teacher’s salary might not let me update it as frequent as I like. I think I will wait until end Sept, and buy it in October, in time for me to migrate before having to return the MacBook by end October.
If you get the Mac mini before you return the MacBook you may be able to move all your data over to the mini via Ethernet cable. Now if the MacBooks have usb ports locked down, Ethernet for network restore to another computer may be also blocked.
When the company issue me a new MacBook over the years, I have used Migration Assistant and (wifi?) to copy data over to the new computer, so I am pretty confident that it will work for my transfer to the new mini. Maybe wireless migration is fine, I don’t know for sure.
Apparently, if I want to bite the cost bullet, I could either choose 16GB to 32GB memory or 1TB to 2TB for the same upgrade price.
Sigh, what a difficult decision. More storage is always good but, I think in this time and day, I could have an external USB-C SSD storage should I want more space but, I will never be able to get more memory. However, 32GB sounds overkill for programming.
Since a Mac mini is stationary, I would prioritize a RAM upgrade over storage.
Like you said, it’s very easy to add fast external storage these days.
Not to mention that it’ll be way cheaper than what Apple charges.
If you plan to connect the Mac mini via ethernet, I would consider upgrading the port to 10 Gigabit.
Having said all that, if you start to add too many upgrades the price will creep up fast.
At this point it might be better to get a base Mac Studio instead (32 GB RAM, 512 storage, 10 gb ethernet, M2 Max, more ports).
Mac miniș tend to have better value if you stick as close to the default configs as possible.
If your company issued device had USB ports blocked, it seems that company has strong restrictions in terms of data leak prevention from employees. Please consider the legal implications of copying all that data indiscriminately to a personal device. Have they given consent for this operation?