The Mac mini finally got the update love it has deserved for many years, receiving quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory and all-flash storage. The new mini offers five times faster performance than previous models. Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option, are also new to the scene.
“Mac mini is loved by customers for its ability to be used in incredibly diverse environments — from casual desktop use, to live professional performances, to multiple Mac mini computers powering through video renderings and compiling software code, to racks of thousands in giant app build farms — anywhere a small-but-mighty Mac is needed to get the job done,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Mac mini customers are going to flip over the new Mac mini. It has more than five times the performance, up to 6-core desktop-class processors, an Apple T2 Security Chip, faster memory up to 64GB, high-performance all-flash storage, and is packed with advanced ports including four Thunderbolt 3, two USB-A, HDMI video, audio and Ethernet up to 10Gbps. All of this power is packed into the same size enclosure as before, perfect for customers updating or creating all-new installations where Mac mini is the ideal solution.”
The Mac mini is available with quad- and 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 4.6GHz. It offers Intel UHD graphics, offering up to five times faster performance than the previous Mac mini generation.
The new mini is available with up to 64GB of 2666 MHz memory, and now boasts all-flash storage with capacities up to 2TB, the SSDs on Mac mini are up to four times faster.
The Apple T2 Security Chip is now standard in the Mac mini. The T2 features an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption so everything stored on the SSD is automatically and fully encrypted. The Secure Enclave in T2 ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with. T2 also features HEVC video transcoding that’s up to an incredible 30 times faster.
Four Thunderbolt 3 ports are standard, allowing the Mac mini to connect to high speed storage, 4K and 5K Thunderbolt displays, and output video in three formats.
The Mac mini also features an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet. a 10Gb Ethernet option is available for the first time.
Pricing and Availability
Starting at $799, the new Mac mini is available to order today on apple.com. It will be available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers starting Wednesday, November 7.