Apple's Mac mini gains a massive performance boost

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

In Canada, the Mac Mini starts at $999.

The entry config has a 128GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and a quad-core processor for $799.

The new Mac Mini, which has found favour among creative and coder types, now comes in the rather fetching Space Grey model, and offers loads of connectivity options in the form of an Ethernet port, HDMI, two USB-A ports, and four USB-C ports sporting Thunderbolt 3. It's up to five times faster than the previous model, with quad-core eighth-generation Intel processors as standard and the option to upgrade to a six-core chip if you need one. Every Mac Mini now comes with flash storage by default and can be specced with SSDs as large as 2 TB.

Ports-wise the Mac mini 2018 comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-A ports, audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, along with a 10Gb Ethernet option.

A new version of the Mac mini has been conspicuous by its absence for a good few years now, and many people were concerned that we might never see an update to Apple's small form factor computer. The upgraded device comes with up to 60% faster graphics.

To keep data safe, Apple has made use of its T2 chip with secure enclave, which ensures that software loaded at the boot stage of the new Mini hasn't been tampered with. The "budget" MacBook Air is pricier than ever with a starting cost of $1,199 United States dollars, that ultimately topping out at $2,599 USD. This is an update that was a long time coming, but it seems the wait was worth it. The Mac mini like its laptop cousin is also the first in its series to be made out of 100 percent recycled aluminium that gives it a smaller carbon footprint - almost 50 percent less than the previous generation. Despite all the hardware that's packed into this enclosure, the external dimensions remain the same as the old Mini.

  • Latoya Cobb