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Cloud9

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I bought an m1 mini 16gb in the fall. All I do is lightroom. She really needs 32gbs. But a max isn’t really that much more power then a mini for lightroom. I just need more ram… I see an ultra as the next quality of life step up but I feel agitated that my only issue is ram and upgrading the whole system just for that is not cool. Dropping 4K on an ultra doesn’t make sense when this is “almost” there.

Apple, release the m2 pro mini with 32gb now please!
 

phrehdd

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Oct 25, 2008
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I bought an m1 mini 16gb in the fall. All I do is lightroom. She really needs 32gbs. But a max isn’t really that much more power then a mini for lightroom. I just need more ram… I see an ultra as the next quality of life step up but I feel agitated that my only issue is ram and upgrading the whole system just for that is not cool. Dropping 4K on an ultra doesn’t make sense when this is “almost” there.

Apple, release the m2 pro mini with 32gb now please!
I use Affinity Photo and the Mini at times can be very frustrating. I end up at times having to close out other apps and also use 3rd party software "Memory Diag" to flush the memory. I haven't used Lightroom in years but I would gather there are some settings to optimize performance. It may not solve the memory issue (or simply lack of available RAM) but may make it less painful.

As I am a public beta tester for Ventura, it is slightly better on handling memory or at least appears to be. I will be upgrading soon as the Mini M1 16 gigs RAM doesn't quite cut it.
 
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Momof9

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I was looking at Photoshop with M1 Mac mini and it looked like it ran great with 16gb.... But I use Affinity Photo too.... so I should probably NOT get the mini..... I am kind of doubting that they are going to do a Pro mini.... I just might have to go with using the 14" M1 Pro....
 

phrehdd

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What is it about macOS that prevents something like the old pre-OSX "RAM Doubler" utility from being implemented?
M1 Mac Mini does well with most Affinity Photo basic and typical edits. The caveat is to have nothing else or very little else open.

As you said "old," the architecture of older systems that used tools such as a doubler was quite different. It would be nice if we could squeeze more mileage out of the RAM but that would be against Apple's interests. I will be honest - I love the M1 Mini and it was my first return to Minis since 2015. I still have 2012 sitting around and I think possibly one other earlier model. However, I will be getting another computer that can handle more memory (at least 32 gigs) and just know that Apple could have done better or at least been a bit more honest how this unified memory is a free for all for apps with little user intervention (limit caching of say, web browser pages etc.). In turn Safari could have had an accessible preference pane that covered limits of caching etc. Just an opinion here of course.

Btw, I have used with PCs RAM doublers, RAM drives, 32 bit DOS extenders and of course, disk compression tools. Not all was exactly perfect in that world either (nor were those solutions).
 
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