In addition to launching its new MacBook Air and iPad Pro, Apple updated its Mac Mini line of ultra-compact desktops on Wednesday. This time, the company doubled the storage capacity on systems with standard configurations, so the cheaper Mac mini now has a 256 GB SSD.
Apple now offers two basic configurations of its Mac mini:
- the entry-level machine with Intel’s 8th generation quad-core Core i3 CPU coupled with 8 GB of DDR4-2666 memory and a 256 GB SSD for $ 799 and
- a mid-range model with an 8th generation 6-core Intel Core i5 processor, accompanied by 8 GB of DDR4-2666 DRAM and a 512 GB SSD for $ 1,099.
Previously, these systems had a soldered 128 GB or 256 GB drive respectively.
Apple’s current generation Mac mini was originally introduced in late 2018. It is based on Intel’s Coffee Lake CPUs with Intel UHD Graphics 630 and Apple’s T2 security chip for encrypted storage and secure boot.
Apple has decided not to upgrade the base of its entry-level systems, so the high-end configuration can be equipped with a hex i-core Core i7 processor, 64 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, a 2 TB SSD and a port from 10 GbE. The top performing Mac mini costs $ 2,999.
All the latest Mac mini PCs have two USB 3.0 Type A ports, an HDMI 2.0 header, a 3.5mm audio connector for headphones and four Thunderbolt 3 ports to connect an external graphics adapter, a storage system and an Ultra -HD screen.
Apple Mac mini short specifications
Mac mini 2018
Intel Core i3
6 MB L3
Intel Core i5
3.0 / 4.1 GHz
9 MB L3
Intel Core i7
3.2 / 4.6 GHz
12 MB L3
Intel UHD 630 graphics
8 GB DDR4-2666
Configurable on 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB DDR4-2666
256 GB PCIe SSD
Configurable with 512 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB SSD
IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 5
1 GbE or 10 GbE
4 × Lightning 3
Audio output 1 × 3.5 mm
2 × USB 3.0 Type A (5 Gbps)
4 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (via TB3)
Other I / O
19.7 cm | 7.7 ”
3.6 cm | 1.4 ”
19.7 cm | 7.7 ”
~ 150 W (internal)
Refurbished Apple Mac mini systems with extended memory are now available directly from Apple.