Apple's Mac mini gains a massive performance boost

The new space gray Mac mini
The Mac mini is back and better than ever

31 October, 2018

Professionals may be tempted to pick up a maxed-out Mac mini, but doing so won't come cheap.

Mac minis have historically been Apple's least expensive Macs, and the latest iteration is no exception, with the entry level, 8GB memory model starting at $799.

CPU choices now start at quad-core Intel eighth-gen Core processors, and six-core options will also be available. Every Mac Mini now comes with all flash storage up to four times faster and capacity of up to 2 TB. As well as the significant processor upgrade, in common with other new Macs it includes a T2 security chip, along with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and optionally 10 gigabit Ethernet.

The Mac Mini is beloved by many creatives for its affordability, and many have been patiently awaiting an update for years. "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. It features a new "Space Grey" finish. You now get quad-core processors as standard, significantly faster graphics, all the memory you can shake at stick at, and so much more. With all the bells and whistles, the Mac Mini comes in at a staggering $4199. Apple has also baked in its T2 Security Chip which enables on-the-fly data encryption and ensures that software loaded during the boot process hasn't been compromised.

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Apple's MacBook Air was getting rather long in the tooth so this is a timely update to a popular SKU.

You can also configure the Mac mini 2018 to better suit your needs, adding in a 3.2GHz 6-core i7 processor (boosts up to 4.6GHz), 16GB, 32GB or 64GB RAM and up to 2TB SSD storage. That makes the new Mac mini the first non-pro Mac to get this feature.

The Mac mini 2018 is packed with modern hardware that makes it a brilliant mini computer, so if you've been tempted to pick up the tiny Mac, the Mac mini 2018 is definitely worth the money.

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