Apple Announces the New Mac Mini

Entry-level specs

The Mac mini is back and better than ever

Apple announced a new Mac Mini this morning, and it's a pretty large overhaul.

Mac mini comes pre-installed with macOS Mojave that brings a number of new features to Apple fans in its own right. Apple's entry-level desktop previously hadn't seen a major update since 2014, but that all ends today with some key updates.

"Candy Crush, Shopify, Day One - so many of your favorite apps and games run on Mac mini". Apple says the SSDs are up to 4 times faster than prior models. The upgraded device comes with up to 60% faster graphics. It now comes in space gray.

When Steve Jobs introduced the very first Mac mini at Macworld 2005, he told us it was built to meet demand for a "stripped-down Mac that is more affordable".

It comes with the T2 security chip and has a whole suite of connections, including HDMI, two USB-A ports, Thunderbolt 3 and Ethernet. For wireless comms 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 is built-in. It will be available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers starting Wednesday, November 7. And Apple let that refresh sit for a long time without an update. Its native resolution is 2560x1600 pixels. Apple has also baked in its T2 Security Chip which enables on-the-fly data encryption and ensures that software loaded during the boot process hasn't been compromised. 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.

Other highlights of the new design are its latest generation backlit keyboard and the inclusion of the "industry's best trackpad", with pressure sensitivity and haptic feedback. A FaceTime HD camera is now included in addition to three microphones, so voice and video calls will all be greatly improved.

However, a second version of the product is available that has a 3.0GHz 6-core processor with turbo boost up to 4.1GHz and 256GB of memory. There is no (micro) SD card slot.

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