While the Mac Mini doesn't look too far removed externally from its 2014 counterpart, Apple has made plenty of changes under the hood.
Apple's latest mini can be configured with 4 or 6 CPU cores.
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The starting configuration includes a 3.66 GHz 4-core i3 processor, 128GB of SD storage, and 8GB of memory at $799. Photoshop is expected to run five times faster. Apple's T2 security chip is onboard as well, allowing improved drive encryption. That adds Apple's Secure Enclave coprocessor and allows for secure booting and encrypted storage. If you happen to have a super fast network set up, then there is also a 10Gb Ethernet port on the back. We didn't hear any more details after that, but a report in Bloomberg revealed that this new product was around the corner. The base model Core i3/8 GB RAM/129 GB PCIe SSD model starts at United States $799, which is a pretty steep price for what is now a pretty basic desktop. Storage starts at 128GB, with 256GB ($200), 512GB ($400), 1TB ($800!), and 2TB ($1,600!) options. With the ports, the Mac mini supports up to 4K and 5K Thunderbolt displays. For wireless comms 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 is built-in. With all the bells and whistles, the Mac Mini comes in at a staggering $4199.
But the Mac mini can be souped up, providing up to 64GB of RAM.
As demonstrated in the hands-on area of today's event, the diminutive mini can be stacked for uses like build and render farms. Well, you need wait no more.
The new Mac Mini 2018 marks the return of a fan-favorite Apple computer, one that packs a lot of power into a compact, square aluminum shell. Hopefully, with the new internal design, the company has the headroom to make that happen.