New Mac Mini is faster, more powerful and black... well. Space Gray

New Mac Mini is faster, more powerful and black... well. Space Gray

Lindsey Duncan
October 31, 2018

You can purchase a new Apple Mac Mini from $799 / £799 now, and it will ship starting from 6 November.

After being forgotten for four years, the Mac mini is back with an upgrade that was well worth waiting for. The base model Core i3/8 GB RAM/129 GB PCIe SSD model starts at United States $799, which is a pretty steep price for what is now a pretty basic desktop. This is compared to the base model, which costs $799 Dollars, sporting only 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and a quad-core Intel Core i3 processor.

Ports-wise the Mac mini 2018 comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-A ports, audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, along with a 10Gb Ethernet option.

Apple announced a new Mac mini desktop at its event today, detailing an updated model that packs more performance and features into the same chassis size. The upgraded device comes with up to 60% faster graphics. Priced at $499, the teeny-tiny machine became the cheapest Mac ever made.

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So, now the minimum configuration features a quad-core 8 Gen Intel Core processor, and that can be paired with up to 64GB of RAM, and 2TB of fast PCIe attached solid state storage.

Apple's MacBook Air was getting rather long in the tooth so this is a timely update to a popular SKU. Again the Apple T2 Security Chip makes an appearance to provide a "secure enclave", always-on Siri ready to respond, and on-the-fly data encryption - and again we have Touch ID integration.

At the moment we only know that the price of the entry-level Mac mini 2018 will be $799 / £799 (around AU$1,120). "All of this power is packed into the same size enclosure as before, flawless for customers updating or creating all-new installations where Mac mini is the ideal solution". Despite all the hardware that's packed into this enclosure, the external dimensions remain the same as the old Mini.