Until today, no current Apple hardware product has become more forgotten than Mac mini. The compact, screenless Mac had not seen a significant update in over 4 years, and even the update was seen as lackluster (see "Apple Releases iMac with Retina Display, Updates Mac Mini", October 16, 2014). Many thought Mac mini was dead.
Apple has now put such faith in rest, revealing a renewed, but familiar Mac mini during its special event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City.
Get Design Changes
When it comes to industrial design, the new Mac mini is not a radical revision in the middle of a print in the PC world to create handbooks, ultraportable computers. It looks like its predecessor ̵
The new Mac mini is 19.56 cm square and 1.4 inches (3.56 cm) tall, just like the predecessor, and weighs 2.9 pounds (1, 32 kg), only a shade heavier than the 2.7 pound (1.22 kg) precursor.
Design gates include a mid-gray finish, as opposed to lighter gray of yore, and an organic twist with Mac mini is made entirely of recycled aluminum transformed into an "Apple-designed alloy."
As Apple executives repeatedly pointed out during presentation, the company is focusing on this new Mac mini by professionals who use it for live performances, rendering video, running specialized hardware and more. With the new model, Apple points to a "massive" Mac mini performance increase compared to the previous version, which is welcome, but hardly surprising, given how the old Mac mini was sad.
New Mac mini internals include:
- Eighth Generation Intel Core Processors Starting with a 3.6GHz 4-core i3 version common to Windows-based PCs or a 3.0GHz 6-core i5 . For $ 200 you can move up to a 3.2 GHz 6-core i7 chip with Turbo Boost of up to 4.6 GHz. Apple claims up to five times the performance compared to the previous Mac mini, and up to 60% faster graphics performance thanks to the Intel UHD Graphics 630 switch.
- 8GB RAM on the 2666 MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM Black in 16GB configurations ($ 200), 32 GB ($ 600) and 64 GB ($ 1400). The old model maximized 16 GB. Apple says that the new memory is up to 7.8 times faster than the older model.
- 128GB SSD storage with upgrades for 256GB ($ 200), 512GB ($ 400), 1TB ($ 800) and 2TB ($ 1600). Apple requires four times the previous reading speed, up to 3.4GB / sec. Sequential reading speed.
- The new T2 security chip with a Secure Enclave copy processor for encrypted storage and secure boot.
It's surprising that the new Mac Mini will run warmer than its predecessor, and Apple has adjusted to this with a new thermal drainage system that circulates air in and out of the computer at twice the speed while the company claims that the computer should whisper quietly.
A Full Complement of Ports
Mac mini has always been known for its many ports, and the new model is no exception.
The choice this time includes four Thunderbolt 3 ports and one Ethernet port – with the option of 10-Gigabit Ethernet together with a standard HDMI 2.0 port, 3.5 mm headset connector and two older USB ports as supports USB 3.0.
Annoying for a machine the professionals should be s Tuffing in rack, the Mac mini still has no ports on the front. Photographers may be disappointed that there are no camera card slots on the front or back.
External Display Options
Mac mini has long served the needs of those who want to add a Macless Head Mac. along with a keyboard and a mouse or trackpad).
In the case of the new Mac mini, options include beyond a single screen:
- Two Monitors: A 5120-by-2880 resolution screen connected via Thunderbolt 3, plus a 4096- ved-2160 resolution connected via HDMI 2.0
- Three Monitors: Two monitors with 4096-by-2304 resolution connected via Thunderbolt 3, plus another 4096-by-2160 resolution monitor connected via HDMI 2.0
Mac mini Thunderbolt 3 ports support original DisplayPort output over USB-C. With the right adapters, users of older monitors can also make Thunderbolt 2, DVI and VGA output via those ports. DVI is also supported via the HDMI port, with an adapter.
Prices and Availability
You can order the new Mac mini now, with date of arrival November 7, 2018. The 4-core i3 configuration with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage starts at $ 799 and a 6-core i5 version with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage starts at $ 1099.
Although it's more expensive than its predecessor, which opened at $ 699, the new Mac mini is the only modern Mac whose base-level configuration falls under the magic $ 1000 price point. However, upgrade options will increase the price quickly because Apple pays a steep premium for RAM and storage. A maximum Mac mini would run almost $ 4200, but it would go to the second tier RAM and the SSD options would drop it to $ 2600.
If you do not already have a screen, keyboard and mouse, you can also take a look at Apple's 21.5-inch iMac entry level, starting at $ 1099. It has similar specifications, including a seventh generation 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive for not to mention the integrated 1920-by-1080 screen. Just be sure to switch the poky hard drive to a Fusion Drive or SSD.
The new Mac mini is sure to find an audience among those who already have peripherals and want a affordable, compact Mac that can be easily hidden in tight spaces while serving a myriad of applications. It may be a little expensive for a person's home media server, but anyone who needs a small Mac for live performances or stackable to make genre production, the Mac mini is a serious solution.