Today's Apple event is ongoing as we speak, and the company is releasing a slate of new Mac and iPad products. The mini desktop computer was overdue for an update as the last one was four years ago. But does it deserve your hard-earned money?
That aside, Apple Malaysia's official website now offers two "base" configurations of the new Mac mini (customisable). And this time, as Apple so proudly proclaimed, it's made out of 100 percent recycled aluminum - just like the brand new MacBook Air. The new Mac Mini can be configured with up to 8th gen 6-core processors making it 5-times powerful than the current gen Mac Mini.
Apple was fast to assure that these are not mobile processors although, the presenter didn't specify models. Then again, that's comparing it to a four-year-old computer.
The mid-range Mac mini 2014 comes with a 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache, and 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM. So easy upgradability is at hand.
All of the new changes make up for 5x better performance than its predecessor. The Mac mini is a little desktop sans monitor and keyboard, and is aimed at developers and the server set. Mac mini also comes with Gigabit Ethernet, 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports, and 2 USB-A ports. The 3.5mm audio jack is there as well. 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. Consumers can pre-order the new Mac Mini starting today, with the first units shipping out on November 7th.
All of the new Mac mini models come with Intel UHD Graphics 630, and support up to 3 displays. It starts at $799, and for that you get a quad-core Intel Core i3 chip, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. A fully tricked out version can go as high as $4,199.