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Brand new ‘low-end’ Macs com­plete Ap­ple’s stun­ning lap­top and desk­top col­lec­tion

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Read all about Ap­ple’s all-new Macbook lineup and the re­turn of an old favourite

Three new iphones. Two new ipads. And now two new Macs. They know how to treat us just be­fore Christ­mas, don’t they? It’s been a hec­tic few months in the world of Ap­ple, and fi­nally we have up­dates to two of its most loved prod­ucts: the Macbook Air and Mac mini. It’s hard to put into words just how much love there is for these two Macs.

For years, the Macbook Air was the lap­top to have. Its de­sign rev­o­lu­tionised the lap­top world, its per­for­mance was more than ac­cept­able for any­one other than a pro­fes­sional videog­ra­pher and it was priced well by Ap­ple. The Mac mini, Ap­ple’s en­try-level desk­top ma­chine, hadn’t been up­dated in four years, and now it’s back and five-times quicker. Ap­ple promised us it hadn’t for­got­ten about these two mar­vels, but has it been worth the wait? Let’s delve deeper into the up­dates to find out what all the fuss is about.

“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,” says Philip Schiller, Ap­ple’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of World­wide Mar­ket­ing, of the Mac mini’s en­dur­ing af­fect. We know it can churn through ev­ery­day com­puter tasks with ease, but is there ev­i­dence that Mac mini could be used for more?

Faster, stronger

For a start, it’s five-times quicker than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. De­pend­ing on which con­fig­u­ra­tion of mini you go for, you could be look­ing at a six-core sixth-gen­er­a­tion In­tel pro­ces­sor, Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.6GHZ and In­tel UHD graph­ics. Mem­ory can be ex­panded to 64GB and there’s up to 2TB of stor­age. Rather tellingly, Ap­ple is mar­ket­ing this at cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als. It says the 2018 mini can do it all, which is quite some­thing when the mini comes in at around 4,000 units cheaper of your cho­sen cur­rency than the imac Pro. The new mini keeps the iconic square form fac­tor too, pack­ing in mul­ti­ple con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions at

the back in a stun­ning and stylish Space Grey con­fig­u­ra­tion.

“Mac mini cus­tomers are go­ing to flip over the new Mac mini,” con­tin­ues Schiller. It has more than five times the per­for­mance, up to six core desk­top­class pro­ces­sors, an Ap­ple T2 Se­cu­rity Chip, faster mem­ory up to 64GB, high­per­for­mance 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.” You can get your hands on the up­dated Mac mini for £799/$799 right now – but don’t for­get to add your pe­riph­er­als!

Air ap­par­ent

The Macbook Air comes in more ex­pen­sive, but it’s still slightly cheaper than Macbook Pro and marginally more ex­pen­sive than Macbook. Schiller ex­plains what has been changed.

“Redesign­ing Macbook Air started with a stun­ning Retina dis­play and all-day bat­tery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Ap­ple T2 Se­cu­rity Chip, the lat­est pro­ces­sors, in­cred­i­ble sound, the third-gen­er­a­tion key­board and Force

Touch track­pad, high-speed Thun­der­bolt 3 ports, and, of course, macos Mo­jave in a beau­ti­ful, thin­ner, lighter, all-alu­minium de­sign that a whole new gen­er­a­tion of Macbook Air cus­tomers are go­ing to love.”

Some of the ob­vi­ous pos­i­tives in­clude that Retina dis­play, which is a huge im­prove­ment on what’s gone be­fore for the Air. Macbook Air now in­cludes Touch ID, which al­lows you to con­ve­niently and in­stantly un­lock your Macbook Air, au­then­ti­cate your iden­tity and make fast, sim­ple and se­cure pur­chases us­ing Ap­ple Pay. The Ap­ple T2 chips means Siri will al­ways an­swer your ques­tions, and the speak­ers are also much im­proved, which is great news for video stream­ers. The bad news? It’ll cost you from £1,199/$1,199.

This now com­pletes the Mac lineup, and what a lineup it is. The choice has never been bet­ter. Whether you need a lap­top or desk­top ma­chine, Ap­ple has just the right one for you. Mak­ing a choice, how­ever, has never been harder. Cer­tainly at the low-end of Ap­ple’s price point, the lines are be­com­ing more and more blurred as to what makes each ma­chine dif­fer­ent from the other. Rest as­sured though, what­ever new Mac you get, you’re get­ting the best in the busi­ness.

“Mac mini cus­tomers are go­ing to flip over the new Mac mini. It has more then five times the per­for­mance”

With all-flash stor­age and faster per­for­mance and mem­ory, new Mac mini rips through tra­di­tional desk­top tasks and tack­les pro work­flows with ease

Macbook Air is now more por­ta­ble than ever and fea­tures a 100 per cent re­cy­cled alu­minium en­clo­sure

All-new Macbook Air and Mac mini join Macbook Pro, Macbook and imac to de­liver the broad­est Mac lineup ever

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