At their October event, Apple announced the most powerful updates ever to Mac mini. As a product that had been neglected by Apple since many years, Mac mini has made a comeback in a big way. The new update includes faster processors, tons of RAM, fast SSD storage, new I/O ports and much more, while still maintaining its beloved small form factor and simplistic design.
Mac mini Features
The new Mac mini is equipped with Intel’s 8th generation quad-core and hexa-core processors. They can reach Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.6 GHz. With Intel’s UHD graphics, the Mac mini is leaps and bounds ahead of previous generation. Users can now create visual and audio content on unprecedented levels seamlessly. The experience is powered by support for 32GB and 64GB SO-DIMM RAM clocked at 2666 MHz. This allows the tiny desktop to pack a big punch. Apple has also revamped thermal cooling while ensuring that i stays silent at all times.
For storage, Apple has moved to flash as standard. Up to 2TB of SSD storage is available which is 4 times faster than before.
For I/O, Mac mini is packed with 4 x Thunderbolt 3 ports, which allow it to connect to high speed storage devices and compatible Thunderbolt displays up to 4K & 5K resolutions. There is also an HDMI 2.0 port, with 2 USB-A Ports. A 3.5mm headphone jack and 10Gbps Ethernet port round off connectivity.
A T2 chip is also included for improved security and faster performance. Similar to MacBook Air, the T2 chip helps secure data. It encrypts and decrypts data on the fly, and ensures safe booting capabilities. This helps make sure the OS isn’t tampered with during the boot process. T2 also allows for HEVC video transcoding to be up to 30x faster. This is a dream come true for video editors as it makes working with high-resolution videos easier.
Apple made a commitment at the iPhone XS and XR keynote where they promised to reduce their carbon footprint with each new product. They have stuck to that promise by making sure the new Mac mini is made of 100% recycled aluminum. The finish and look of the product is still the same as you expect from Apple. In return, this helps make sure that each Mac mini out there is 50% more environmentally friendly.
Mac mini Price & Availability
Mac mini is available for order today. Unlike the last generation model which started at $499, 2018 Mac mini base models start at $799 and $1099. The price can be significantly higher based on your customization.