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.

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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.

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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.

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"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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Top Rated Comments

alexhardaker Avatar
27 months ago

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

I believe so. I was shocked at the price
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lucas Godfrey Avatar
27 months ago
Great update, base price is Meh considering it’s got an i3.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ricktat Avatar
27 months 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.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
27 months ago
The dream has has been fulfilled for many!
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SuperMatt Avatar
27 months ago
$799 is the highest “starting” price for a Mac mini so far, right?
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BenTrovato Avatar
27 months ago
Happy it's here but the prices aren't making me excited to grab one
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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