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Apple Announces New Space Gray Mac mini With 4-Core or 6-Core Intel Processor and Up to 64GB RAM, Starting at $799

Apple announced a brand new Mac mini with a space gray finish at its "There's more in the making" media event held in Brooklyn, New York today.


The new space gray Mac mini comes with quad- and 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 4.6GHz, making it 5 times faster than the previous generation, and up to 64GB of 2,666MHz RAM.

Storage wise, all Mac minis now have all-flash storage up to 2 TB that's 4 times faster than previous storage drives, while also coming with Intel UHD graphics, Apple's new T2 security chip, a Gigabit Ethernet, 4x Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and two USB-A ports, along with a 10Gb Ethernet option.

The new Mac mini can connect to high speed storage as well as 4K and 5K Thunderbolt displays, and can output video in three formats. There's also a brand new quiet thermal system with double the airflow installed.


The T2 chip features an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption, so everything stored on the SSD is automatically encrypted. The Secure Enclave in T2 ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with. T2 also features HEVC video transcoding that’s up to 30 times faster, enabling pro users to work more quickly with higher resolution video throughout their workflow.

For the new space gray finish, every new Mac mini enclosure uses an Apple-designed aluminum alloy made from 100 percent recycled aluminum for the first time, which has the same strength, durability, and finish as the aluminum in all Apple products.

"Mac mini is loved by customers for its ability to be used in incredibly diverse environments — from casual desktop use, to live professional performances, to multiple Mac mini computers powering through video renderings and compiling software code, to racks of thousands in giant app build farms — anywhere a small-but-mighty Mac is needed to get the job done," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The Mac mini starts at $799 with the base level model offering 8GB of RAM, a 3.6GHz Intel quad-core Core i3 processor, and 128GB of storage. Orders for the new Mac mini start today, with availability from next week, November 7.

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3 weeks ago

$799 is the highest “starting” price for a Mac mini so far, right?


I believe so. I was shocked at the price
Rating: 41 Votes
3 weeks ago
Great update, base price is Meh considering it’s got an i3.
Rating: 38 Votes
3 weeks ago

Great update, base price is Meh considering it’s got an i3.

I agree. 128GB is just silly for a device many use as a home computer.
Rating: 36 Votes
3 weeks ago
The dream has has been fulfilled for many!
Rating: 35 Votes
3 weeks ago
$799 is the highest “starting” price for a Mac mini so far, right?
Rating: 29 Votes
3 weeks ago
Happy it's here but the prices aren't making me excited to grab one
Rating: 25 Votes
3 weeks ago
So we were waiting 4 years just for this? Just a spec update and nothing more? Am I missing something or is Apple really lazy with the mini? There is literally no reason why this took 4 years. They could have updated it at least 2x within this time frame.
Rating: 24 Votes
3 weeks ago
And you'll be able to fry an egg on it...
Rating: 22 Votes
3 weeks ago

Upgradable SSD too?? Who knows!

Unfortunately NO. Apple is frustrating in that they come so close to making great products. But they ALWAYS screw something up. So pay $800, $1300 or more for this mini. The SSD goes out and you are screwed. No way to replace it. This fascination they have with having things integrated is truly frustrating. Sometimes I understand it is necessary because of size constraints etc. Though often even then there are better ways. But in the case of the Mini, no on cares how "mini" it is. If it had to be a few MM thicker to allow the SSD to be swapped out, that would be fine with everyone. I know Apple is a premium product with price to match. But their greed is sometimes bothersome. They have the SSD integrated primarily so they can charge you more than it is worth for the upgrade. Nothing new here I know. They've been doing it for years. But I still don't like it. And for the record our house has 3 iPhones, 3 iPads, and iMac and a MacBook Pro. So I am not an Apple hater by any means. It's just that they could do SO much better if they would just let go of the greed just a little bit...
Rating: 22 Votes
3 weeks ago
Looks like no discrete GPU though, unfortunately but luckily we can have a hulking external GPU case next to our minis now. :D
Rating: 20 Votes

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