Apple's Mac mini gains a massive performance boost

Apple finally announces an overhauled Mac mini

The Mac mini is back and better than ever

Boger said the computer starts at $799, and you can order as of today. The Mac mini is a little desktop sans monitor and keyboard, and is aimed at developers and the server set.

The new Mac mini also packs Apple's T2 chip for improved security, and all the ports you need in a desktop machine, including USB-A and USB-C, HDMI, and Gigabyte Ethernet.

The entry level model comes with 8GB of RAM, 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor and 128GB SSD. In terms of storage, every Mac mini has SSDs up to 4X faster and capacities up to 2TB, which is double capacity of the previous model.

Considering how much Apple loves to eliminate any sort of port that might be called "legacy", it's a bit of a surprise to look behind the new Mac Mini and find four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 output, and an Ethernet port with an option for 10-Gb connectivity.

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The Mac Mini is beloved by many creatives for its affordability, and many have been patiently awaiting an update for years. Its graphical capabilities are rated as 60 per cent faster than the previous generation. Again the Apple T2 Security Chip makes an appearance to provide a "secure enclave", always-on Siri ready to respond, and on-the-fly data encryption - and again we have Touch ID integration. Priced at $499, the teeny-tiny machine became the cheapest Mac ever made.

Under the hood of the rather compact chassis, Apple is offering the Mac Mini with the latest four and six-core eighth-gen Intel Core processors, offering more performance and integrated GPU power than the old Mac Mini.

Apple has announced the new Mac mini 2018.

The 2018 Mac mini isn't the only the device that saw a price increase with substantial maxed out rates. "It's still the same 7.7" x 7.7" x 1.4" (19.7 cm x 19.7 cm x 3.6 cm) aluminum unibody shell.

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