Apple Announces the New Mac Mini

Apple Announces the New Mac Mini

Apple Announces the New Mac Mini

Pre-orders open today, shipping November 7.

Apple is giving the Mac Mini a major upgrade since the last upgrade that was launched back in 2014.

The starting configuration includes a 3.66 GHz 4-core i3 processor, 128GB of SD storage, and 8GB of memory at $799.

It looks like the Mac mini 2018 is pretty similar design-wise - we'll find out more when we have hands-on time with it, but the new Mac mini comes in a new space gray finish, while the body uses an Apple-designed aluminum alloy made from 100% recycled aluminum, the same as other premium Apple products.

CPU choices now start at quad-core Intel eighth-gen Core processors, and six-core options will also be available. Every Mac Mini now comes with flash storage by default and can be specced with SSDs as large as 2 TB.

Mac mini features an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet as standard.

Apple announced a new Mac Mini at the Apple event on Tuesday, the biggest update the mini desktop has ever received. As for the Apple T2 Security Chip, it features an SSD controller that provides on-the-fly data encryption, and HEVC video transcoding (30 times faster than previous generations), apart from a Secure Enclave that ensures the "software loaded in the boot process is not tampered with".

At Apple's event in New York City, the company took the wraps off a revamped Mac Mini, replacing its underpowered parts with new, 8th generation Intel quad- and 6-core processors options, up to 64GB of memory, up to a 2TB SSD, a T2 security chip, 10GB ethernet, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Apple's MacBook Air was getting rather long in the tooth so this is a timely update to a popular SKU. The "budget" MacBook Air is pricier than ever with a starting cost of $1,199 United States dollars, that ultimately topping out at $2,599 USD. Despite all the hardware that's packed into this enclosure, the external dimensions remain the same as the old Mini.

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