Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

The Mac mini is back with a much needed update

The Mac mini is back with a much needed update

The Mac Mini goes on sale today and will begin shipping on November 7th.

Apple has managed to pack all of these improvements into a shell that's exactly the same size as the previous Mac mini's.

The starting configuration includes a 3.66 GHz 4-core i3 processor, 128GB of SD storage, and 8GB of memory at $799.

The new Mac mini comes with quad- and 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory and all-flash storage (up to 2TB). This is compared to the base model, which costs $799 United States dollars, sporting only 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and a quad-core Intel Core i3 processor. There you will find four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, audio and Ethernet (including a 10Gbps option).

Apple at its October 30 event in NY, apart from unveiling the all-new MacBook Air, also launched all-new Mac mini. The new Mac Mini is a bit heavier at 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg). That makes the new Mac mini the first non-pro Mac to get this feature. With the ports, the Mac mini supports up to 4K and 5K Thunderbolt displays.

The 2018 Mac mini isn't the only the device that saw a price increase with substantial maxed out rates. As for the Apple T2 Security Chip, it features an SSD controller that provides on-the-fly data encryption, and HEVC video transcoding (30 times faster than previous generations), apart from a Secure Enclave that ensures the "software loaded in the boot process is not tampered with".

The new computer can be spec'ed with either a quad-core or hexa-core Intel 8th Gen processor and up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.

Hello, old friend. It's been a long time. The TX line of security chips was originally introduced in 2016 MacBook Pros, while the T2 Security Chips was introduced in last year's iMac Pro, and then added to Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro lineup.

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