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

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

It starts at $799 in the United States, £799 in the United Kingdom, runs Mac OS Mojave from the get-go and will be available from 7 November. The Mid-range model costs $699 / £679 / AU$1,049 and the high-end Mac mini 2014 costs $999 / $949 / $1,499. A model with a Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD starts at $1,099 and scales up from there. The more affordable option features an unspecified 8th-generation quad-core 3.6GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM (2666MHz), Intel UHD Graphics 630, and a 128GB PCIe-based SSD storage. Mac mini also comes with Gigabit Ethernet, 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports, and 2 USB-A ports.

Apple has announced an all-new Mac Mini, with a new Space Gray colourway and beefier processors.




The new Mac Mini now maxes out at 64 GB at 2,666 MHz (SO-DIMMS). The existing model was so long in the tooth as to be considered borderline irrelevant, but the upgraded machine might make up for it by packing quite the punch inside its slim dimensions. 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. 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". The 2018 Mac Mini also has 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. It also comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option. Despite all the hardware that's packed into this enclosure, the external dimensions remain the same as the old Mini. "It's still the same 7.7" x 7.7" x 1.4" (19.7 cm x 19.7 cm x 3.6 cm) aluminum unibody shell.