After many rumors and speculations on this subject, Apple began the transition from Intel processors to in-house developed SoCs with a new Mac mini.
Visually identical to the older generation Mac mini, this system is one that differs by the most important aspect of the whole equation, the processor. While the older generation used an eighth-generation Intel Core i5, the new iteration is built around Apple’s proprietary M1 processor, a chipset you’ll also find in the new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Beyond the technical details you see illustrated in the image below, to some extent, a few aspects of performance matter more. The new processor is 3 times faster than the old Mac mini processor, while the graphics chipset hidden in the Apple M1 is 6 times faster than Intel’s IGP two years ago. All in all, Apple wanted to mention that this computer is 5 times faster than the best-selling PC on the market, without mentioning which one it is.
Unlike the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro which use the same processor, the Mac mini comes with a variety of ports. You have two USB C ports with USB 4 and Thunderbolt connectivity up to 40 Gbps, two USB A 3.1 Gen 2 ports up to 10 Gbps, a Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6. In addition, you have an HDMI 2.0 for 4K content at 60 frames per second or a Display Port via USB-C for 6K content at 60 frames per second. If you use both at the same time, you can send video content to two 4K / 60Hz panels.
The new Mac mini with Apple M1 costs $ 700 for the basic configuration with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. For an extra $ 200, you get 16GB of RAM, and if budgeting isn’t an issue, you can get up to 2TB of space.