Apple’s miniature desktop computer, the Mac Mini, gets a big update in 2018. It was announced at the Apple event on Tuesday, along with other leading products like the iPad Pro and a new MacBook Air. The Mini had not received an update since 2014 and there were speculations that the product line will be wound up soon. Introduced in 2005 with the aim of attracting PC users into the Mac fold, the Mini has had its following, though it was widely felt recently that the product is being side-lined by Apple. Now with a total upgrade, all such speculations are laid to rest.
The new Mac Mini comes with Intel’s 8th generation processors, and the buyer can opt for a Core i5 or Core i7 CPU. The entry-level version comes with quad-core processors but there is the option for a six-core configuration. Similarly, the base system comes with 8GB of RAM, upgradable to a whopping 64GB. The same is the case with storage: it starts with 128GB SSD, but the buyer can go up to 2TB SSD. With 3 Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI port, 2 USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet it can connect with almost anything. Then there is the Apple T2 Security Chip that has on-the-fly encryption, which protects everything stored on the SSD.
The T2 has other interesting features too. Its Secure Enclave feature ensures that the boot process is never tampered with. T2 also features HEVC video transcoding that promises incredible speed enabling professionals to work faster with high-resolution video files. A comparison with the specifications of the current Mac Mini shows that the upgrade is a major one, offering a big improvement in every department. The promised boost in performance is about 5 times more than that of its predecessor. And that is reflected in the pricing. The base configuration, with 3.6GHz i3, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD is priced at $799, which is $300 more than the previous entry-level Mini.