Apple finally updates the MacBook Air and Mac Mini

01 November, 2018, 08:15 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Apple announces next generation Mac Mini with latest Intel processors and up to 64GB of RAM

Apple announced a new Mac Mini at the Apple event on Tuesday, the biggest update the mini desktop has ever received. Here we're taking a look at the Mac mini, which delivers five times faster performance over its predecessor. Unlike the new MacBook Air, the new Mac Mini comes with various connectivity options including Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet, HDMI, USB-A, audio port and more. Its enclosure uses Apple-designed aluminium alloy made from 100% recycled aluminium, which has the same strength, durability and lovely finish as the aluminium in all Apple products. Many Mac mini advocates felt that they'd been abandoned by Apple but, just in time for Halloween, the Mac mini has risen from its grave for a new release.

The new Mac mini will be made available on November 7 with pre-orders starting tomorrow, October 31. The new display also has improved colour accuracy by 48 percent compared to the previous Air. Apple includes faster DDR4 memory with up to 64GB RAM available.

The 2018 Mac mini will be powered by a choice of quad-core and 6-core 8th-Generation Intel Core processors, with Turbo Boost clock speeds up to 4.6GHz.

Apple describes the new Mac mini as "an absolute beast on the inside".

Apple announces next generation Mac Mini with latest Intel processors and up to 64GB of RAM
Apple announces new high-performance Mac Mini

With this in mind we're here to help you decide if you should buy the 2018 Mac Mini or wait before you spend $799 or more.

Ports are limited to two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt (up to 40Gbps), and USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps), and a single 3.5mm headphone jack. There's also Apple's T2 chip which takes care of SSD controller, system and power management, HEVC video transcoding, and more.

Should you opt for the top-of-the-line configuration with a Core i7 chip, 64GB of memory, 2TB of storage and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, be prepared to pay a whopping $4,199.

On the topic of key hardware components, the new MacBook Air comes with Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8GB onboard (upgradeable to 16GB) RAM, at least 128GB of PCIe storage (configurable to 1.5TB). Altogether these advancements help to reduce the carbon footprint of the new Mac mini by almost 50%.

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