The last time Apple updated the Mac Mini was slightly over four years ago. So this new release has been a long time coming for Mac power users who need more than a laptop can provide but don’t want to be tethered, necessarily, to the display on an iMac. While the new Mini will retain a lot of the form factors of its predecessor — there’s not anything wrong with that — it’s going to carry up to 64GB of RAM, and work five times as quickly as the old model. It’s also being manufactured with 100% recycled aluminum, according to Apple, which is a trait the Mini shares with the newest MacBook Air.
The base model will come standard with a quad-core processor, giving users the option to upgrade to a six-core version. And it will utilize T2 encryption through its solid-state hard drives to keep data protected; this is a significant upgrade from FileVault, which previously was the standard on the Mini. Also worth noting: because the preceding model of the Mini wasn’t updated for so long, it missed the Thunderbolt train. But this new version will have full Thunderbolt 3 capabilities and HDMI 2.0, giving it the ability to support the latest and greatest monitors and external drives.
Some more quick stats from Apple:
• 2x increased airflow (over previous Mini)
• 70% more maximum sustained computing power
• Up to 60% faster integrated graphics
• Up to 4.6GHz turbo boost
• 3.2x faster processing of Adobe Photoshop filters
• Ports: 4x USB-C/Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio out
• All-Flash 2TB SSD storage
• Size: 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4″ and 2.9lbs (1.3kg)
The Mac Mini, available to order starting today and for delivery or pickup starting on November 7, will start at $799.
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