Apple Gives the Mac Mini a Major Upgrade

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 16 Comments

Apple is giving the Mac Mini a major upgrade since the last upgrade that was launched back in 2014. The company is introducing a significantly upgraded Mac Mini device at its hardware event in New York City today. It’s the biggest upgrade ever to the Mac Mini.

The upgraded Mac Mini is heavily aimed at professionals with a smaller budget. This device is more for professionals that can’t really afford the expensive iMac Pro or the iMac. Apple has refreshed the internal design of the device to include Intel’s latest and greatest processors. Every Mac Mini now comes with 4 cores, as well as new 6 core variants. The upgraded device comes with up to 60% faster graphics. You can now get up to 64GB of RAM and up to 4-times faster 2TB SSD on the new Mac Mini, a massive step forward.

The device is up to a massive 5 times faster in performance than before. The device comes with a much more refined design on the outside as well, now coming with Type-C ports and a gorgeous Space Gray edition. It comes with a total of four Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports. It’s built with 100% recyclable aluminium.

Starts at $799 for 8GB RAM, Core i3 processor and 128GB SSD. Pre-orders open today, shipping November 7.

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Comments (16)

16 responses to “Apple Gives the Mac Mini a Major Upgrade”

  1. skane2600

    Happy to see this, but I hope there's a little USB3 love too.

  2. MikeGalos

    So they did a processor upgrade after years of neglect and, surprise, it's faster than the ancient model it finally replaces. The fact it's so much faster is that you're comparing a current model with one that was obsolete multiple generations ago - you turned neglect into a feature.

    Oh, and the typical Mac Mini user is a cross-platform developer who has to have a macOS device to do the final compile for iOS without buying an actual macOS dev box just for that compile step. That is, for those who don't build a Hackintosh.

    • BoItmanLives

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Cool. But you're not really shining a light on anything not obvious to everyone.

      • MikeGalos

        In reply to BoItmanLives:

        Apparently it wasn't obvious to Mehedi when he rewrote the press release as an article.

        See his breathless and unquestioning, "The device is up to a massive 5 times faster in performance than before" and "The upgraded device comes with up to 60% faster graphics".

    • Jeffsters

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Mike! Still trolling Apple articles while adding nothing of value? No one hears you, no one cares about your misinformation and opinions of Apple or Apple products, and nothing good will come of this.

      • skane2600

        In reply to Jeffsters:

        I love it when people comment on something that "No one hears" about and "No one cares about" thus providing immediate evidence that their claim is false.

        If you disagree, just say it and even better, provide specific reasons why you disagree.

        • Jeffsters

          In reply to skane2600:

          I used to too but to busy using the devices from the company he takes EVERY opportunity to deride. The real question is why does he take the time to comment on products he doesn’t use! It’s like if I went and posted negative comments on every Microsoft article such as Deletegate. Which I don’t and take no pleasure from. Sadly that’s not the norm.

  3. rmlounsbury

    Well, I was looking forward to this update.

    That is a lot of cash for a Core i3 entry level desktop machine though. I can get a decidedly beefier Dell Alienware desktop unit that is upgradable for about the same price and that gets me a Core i5 8400 w/8GB RAM, discreet AMD graphics, and 1 TB of storage (granted not SSD).

    I think I'll be passing on the Mac Mini.

  4. Winner

    It's a good option for those who don't want to throw away their monitor with every new computer.

    • skane2600

      In reply to Winner:

      That's why the inclusion of an HDMI port was a good idea. The all-in-one desktop computer never made much sense to me.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to Winner:

      Which would be even better served by a "Modular Mac" or "Mac with slots" as the Macintosh II showed when it was intruduced when Steve Jobs was fired and killed off when he was re-hired.

      Sadly, the idea of a flexible, upgradable Mac has been killed off time and time again including the System 8 contract game to kill the official 3rd Party products and the non-standard and disastrous trash can Mac Pro that killed it off even on the obscenely high end.

      Perhaps the long delayed new Mac Pro will have some low-end options to fill that niche but Apple's history points to no.

  5. jimchamplin

    Good update I think. My late 2012 still has a lot of life. An SSD and a RAM boost will keep it going a while longer.

    Now I just have to deal with it getting artificially cut off from macOS updates. I hope they do their customers right on these models that they stopped updating and keep them in the pipeline an extra year.

  6. Jeffsters

    I have two of the sought after quad-core i7 2012 generation. One faithfully serves as my home file, print, and Apple Update server, the other as a Plex Media and iTunes Server. Both running 6 years without a hiccup. I’m glad to see these updates but a little pricey for me. Replacing what I have, easy at the low price point, but doesn’t really give me anything new. I did price out my dream machine...but think I’ll need to wait till bonus time. These are great for those without or that need more power but I’ll wait for now. Sigh.

  7. nooji

    Nice information thanks for giving this cool stuff to me bro.