The long awaited Mac mini update is finally here, giving buyers a massive increase in performance with a familiar form factor. The new device can be equipped with quad or 6-core processors, up to 64GB of RAM, and all-flash storage. Apple claims that the new Mac mini delivers 5x faster performance over the previous generation, and the new device comes with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Apple T2 Security Chip, and a 10Gb Ethernet option.
“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 will come with 8th-generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 4.6GHz and Intel UHD graphics. Configuration options include up to 64GB of 2666 MHz memory, and up to 2TB SSD options. The Apple T2 Security Chip brings industry-leading security to your Mac mini and 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 30x faster.
There are also plenty of Thunderbolt 3 ports, four of them to be exact, which is twice as many Thunderbolt ports as the previous generation and each with double the performance. The new Mac mini can connect to high speed storage, 4K and 5K Thunderbolt displays, and output video in three formats. Mac mini also features an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, so it can connect to almost anything.
While it looks mostly the same, the device will come in a new space gray finish. 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.