Apple updates the Mac mini - more RAM, more cores and more connectors

Todd Singleton
October 31, 2018

Consumers can pre-order the new Mac Mini starting today, with the first units shipping out on November 7th. The outer casing remains virtually unchanged from the 2014 Mac Mini.

The base model with Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage asks $799, which is a considerable price hike over the $499 sticker on the previous generation. The revamped Mac mini comes with up to 64GB of memory and works five times faster than its predecessor, Apple said.

CPU choices now start at quad-core Intel eighth-gen Core processors, and six-core options will also be available.

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It comes with the T2 security chip and has a whole suite of connections, including HDMI, two USB-A ports, Thunderbolt 3 and Ethernet.

At its special event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Apple today revealed a new MacBook Air with Retina Display, new iPad Pros with USB-C, and also updated its Mac mini. Its graphical capabilities are rated as 60 per cent faster than the previous generation.

The 2018 Mac mini isn't the only the device that saw a price increase with substantial maxed out rates. The new Mac Mini is a bit heavier at 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg). The Mac mini like its laptop cousin is also the first in its series to be made out of 100 percent recycled aluminium that gives it a smaller carbon footprint - almost 50 percent less than the previous generation. With all the bells and whistles, the Mac Mini comes in at a staggering $4199. The Mac Mini also comes with the new T2 chip that offers 30x faster HEVC video encoding. This is an update that was a long time coming, but it seems the wait was worth it. You can now get up to 64GB of RAM and up to 4-times faster 2TB SSD on the new Mac Mini, a massive step forward. Despite all the hardware that's packed into this enclosure, the external dimensions remain the same as the old Mini.

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