- Apple plans to release a new version of the Mac Mini on November 7, starting at $US799.
- This is the first update to the Mac Mini since 2014, adding eighth-generation Intel processors and Thunderbolt 3 support.
For the first time since 2014, Apple has announced a major upgrade to the Mac Mini, its smallest desktop computer. Preorders for the Mac Mini are available now starting at $US799, with the device scheduled to ship on November 7.
During the October iPad launch event, Apple announced that the new Minis would contain an eighth-generation Intel processor, flash storage using solid-state drives, and SO-DIMM RAM to start. All versions of the Mini will feature an HDMI 2.0 port, a standard 3.5 mm audio jack, and a 10GB/s ethernet connection, the company said. There are two standard USB-A ports on the updated model, and the Mini will carry four Thunderbolt 3 ports capable of outputting to 4K and 5K displays.
Buyers will be able to choose between a four-core or six-core processor, between 8 GB and 64 GB RAM, and up to 2 TB of storage space. The Mac Mini will also use the Apple T2 Security Chip, allowing for better data encryption and faster video transcoding. Like the new Macbook Air, the Mac Mini enclosure is made of recycled aluminium, and many of the internal components are made using recycled materials.
The Mac Mini has earned a cult following over the years as a popular media server and home-theatre computer. Mac Mini pricing previously started at $US499, with higher-end models going up to $US999. Now the Mac Mini will start at $US799 for the 3.6 GHz quad-core model and $US1,099 for the 3.2 GHz 6-core model, which can reach 4.6 GHz with turbo boost.
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