Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Apple updates the Mac mini - more RAM, more cores and more connectors

A profile of the new Mac mini in space gray The Mac mini is back and better than ever
Kayla Schwartz | 31 October, 2018, 00:11

The Mac Mini goes on sale today and will begin shipping on November 7th. Professionals may be tempted to pick up a maxed-out Mac mini, but doing so won't come cheap. A model with a Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD starts at $1,099 and scales up from there. One of them is a spankin' new Mac Mini with fully revamped internals.

The entry level model comes with 8GB of RAM, 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor and 128GB SSD. The graphics performance has also been boosted and the new Mac mini is 60% more powerful when it comes to graphically-intensive tasks than its predecessor.

The Mac mini offers four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB Type-A ports, an audio jack and a Gigabit Ethernet connection (there's also an option for 10 Gigabit Ethernet for the first time).

The Mac Mini is beloved by many creatives for its affordability, and many have been patiently awaiting an update for years. The existing model was so long in the tooth as to be considered borderline irrelevant, but the upgraded machine might make up for it by packing quite the punch inside its slim dimensions. It's also made of 100% recyclable aluminum and comes in a new cool Space Gray finish. Consumers and analysts began to speculate that the product line's days were numbered, but Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to an email from a customer to say, "We do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward" about a year ago.

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Earns Record-Breaking $725 Million Opening Weekend
As with most Rockstar games, RDR2 runs on a day-and-night cycle, with certain events only appearing at specific times of the day. It's hard not to read too much into it, especially in light of recent reports about Rockstar's culture of crunch .

Alongside Intel UHD graphics, the new Mac mini can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and as much as 2TB of SSD storage that's four times faster than before.

Should I buy a Mac mini 2018?

The Mac mini 2018 is packed with modern hardware that makes it a brilliant mini computer, so if you've been tempted to pick up the tiny Mac, the Mac mini 2018 is definitely worth the money.

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