Apple says the all-new Mac mini offers five times the performance as previous generations, up to 6-core processors, apart from more memory capacity (up to 64GB of RAM), and all-flash storage. Apple headlines it in its usual smug pun-strewn style as being "re-engineered in no small way". In all, the upgrades delver up to 5x processing power, and up to 60 per cent faster graphics. And Apple let that refresh sit for a long time without an update.
The Mac Mini goes on sale today and will begin shipping on November 7th.
In contrast to the company's other computers, the new Mac Mini features a plethora of ports, including a 10Gb Ethernet connection and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Its native resolution is 2560x1600 pixels. The TX line of security chips was originally introduced in 2016 MacBook Pros, while the T2 Security Chips was introduced in last year's iMac Pro, and then added to Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro lineup. It can also be configured with up to 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory and a 2TB M.2 SSD. It can run on its 50.3Wh battery for up to 13 hours (iTunes film playback). Apple claims the new speakers are fuller and more immersive and capable of wide stereo reproduction. A FaceTime HD camera is now included in addition to three microphones, so voice and video calls will all be greatly improved.
There's also the power button on the back corner, and on the opposite end is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack - it lives. There is no (micro) SD card slot.
The new MacBook Air will be available early next week with prices starting at £1,199. The new mini is also quieter rated at 4dBA when idle as compared to 12dBA for the older version and made from 100% recycled aluminum. It weighs 1.3kg, and measures 197x197x36mm.
With just one HDMI port, you're going to have to either upgrade to a Thunderbolt 3 monitor or live the dongle life in order to support more than one monitor. on a desktop machine.