Apple Updates Mac Mini in Space Grey, 8th Gen Processors

Apple Updates Mac Mini in Space Grey, 8th Gen Processors

Introduced as a smaller and more affordable desktop computer by Apple in 2005, Mac mini's power and versatility have made it a favorite of developers around the world for every stage of the app creation process, from tinkering to testing and simulating at scale. The specs and our brief hands-on time with this tiny, but mighty Mac proves is a sizable upgrade.

The new Mac mini is five times faster than before and comes with a new space grey finish. It also meant that after four years of waiting, expectations were high going into today's event.

CPU choices now start at quad-core Intel eighth-gen Core processors, and six-core options will also be available. The outer casing remains virtually unchanged from the 2014 Mac Mini. There are two standard USB-A ports on the updated model, and the Mini will carry four Thunderbolt 3 ports capable of outputting to 4K and 5K displays.

The Mac Mini starts at $799 (£799, AU$1,249) and tops out at $1,099 (£1,099m, AU$1,699). The more affordable option features an unspecified 8th-generation quad-core 3.6GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM (2666MHz), Intel UHD Graphics 630, and a 128GB PCIe-based SSD storage. Design flair isn't what this workhorse Mac is all about. The new Mac Mini is a bit heavier at 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg). The company claims that the new system has up to 60-percent better graphics and up to 5 times faster performance than the previous generation.

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Everything is situated in the back for a clean look, which keeps wires situation from sprawling all over the place in a Medusa-like fashion.

Apple appears to be targeting professional users with the new Mac mini. Connectivity features include four Thunderbolt 3, two USB-A, HDMI video, audio and Ethernet up to 10Gbps. As per usual, the keyboard isn't included, but an additional accessory. Preorders for the Mac Mini are available now starting at $799, with the device scheduled to ship on November 7.

Apple held its "There's more in the making" event earlier today in NY, and it launched quite a few interesting pieces of kit for those who appreciate its design and technology. Unfortunately, Apple hasn't revealed whether it went with its proprietary NVMe SSD controller, but we're hoping to discover if the flash storage inside this desktop is also user upgradable. More information regarding the Mac mini can be found here. SSD storage can be upgraded to 1.5TB but this will drive the price up significantly.

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