Apple in October 2018 updated the Mac mini for the first time since 2014, introducing entirely overhauled internals with upgrade options suitable for the company’s pro user base.
The 2018 update kept the same sleek unibody but included significant spec boots like an eighth-gen Intel processor and a variety of ports (ethernet, 3.5mm headphone jack, full-size HDMI, four USB-C and two USB-3.0 Type-A).
The Mac Mini performs tasks quickly and is easy to customize, but also expensive to upgrade and it also lacks a dedicated GPU.
Now in Space Gray instead of Silver, the device looks like the previous-generation version with a flat, square-shaped 1.4-inch thick 7.7-inch wide aluminum unibody enclosure. Apple says that the new Mac mini is made from an Apple-designed aluminum alloy that’s made from 100 percent recycled aluminum.
For the first time, the Mac mini uses a quad-core processor for the base model instead of dual-core, with 6-core desktop-class processor options also available.
Compared to the previous-generation four-year-old device, the new model is up to five times faster. The base Mac mini ships with 8GB RAM, but the little machine now supports up to 64GB RAM.
All Mac mini models use solid state storage, with up to 2TB of storage available for build-to-order purchases. Apple says the SSDs in the new model are up to four times faster than in prior models.
The T2 chip first included in the iMac Pro and MacBook Pro has been built into the Mac mini for unparalleled security. The T2 includes an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption, HEVC video transcoding up to 30 times faster, and a Secure Enclave to make sure the software you’re loading during the boot process hasn’t been tampered with.
Pricing on the device starts at $799 for the base model with a 3.6GHz processor, 256GB of storage, and 8GB RAM and goes up to $2,999 for a maxed out machine with 3.2GHz Core i7 processor, 64GB RAM, a 2TB SSD, and the upgraded 10Gb Ethernet option.
The Mac mini is available for purchase from Apple’s online store.
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