Mac mini fi­nally gets an up­date

New pro­ces­sors, more mem­ory, faster stor­age and Thun­der­bolt 3

Mac Format - - APPLE CORE -

The Mac mini has felt like a ne­glected prod­uct for some time, given that its

last up­date ar­rived in 2014. An aw­ful lot has changed in the tech world since then, leav­ing the pint-sized Mac feel­ing the strain.

That changed at Ap­ple’s Oc­to­ber spe­cial event, when the Mac mini fi­nally got some time in the lime­light. It has re­ceived changes across the board, both in­side and out.

The pro­ces­sors have been boosted to the lat­est eighth-gen­er­a­tion In­tel chips; the base­line op­tion has four cores, and there’s a six-core op­tion too. Ap­ple says the pro­ces­sors per­form five times faster than those in the last Mac mini. Mem­ory starts at 8GB, can be ex­panded up to 64GB and even up­graded post-pur­chase by re­mov­ing the base. Hard drives have been elim­i­nated from the line-up; the new all-SSD stor­age op­tions range from 128GB to 2TB, and are up to four times faster than be­fore.

There’s just one graph­ics pro­ces­sor op­tion avail­able: In­tel UHD Graph­ics 630 (see be­low).

Con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions have been mod­ernised as well. Ev­ery Mac mini has four Thun­der­bolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a 3.5mm jack, and a Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port that can be upped to 10Gb Eth­er­net for £90.

Ap­ple has also added its T2 se­cu­rity chip – a first for the Mac mini – along­side a new ther­mal cool­ing sys­tem that pro­vides im­proved air­flow. The mini now comes in a space grey colour­way, just like the iMac Pro and all three kinds of MacBook. The diminu­tive com­puter starts at £799 with 128GB of stor­age.

The space grey colour of the new Mac mini matches the iMac Pro’s ac­ces­sories (now sold sep­a­rately).

The four Thun­der­bolt 3 ports give you lots of op­tions when it comes to ex­pan­sion.

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