Apple launched today a new Mac mini, one of 3 new Macs with integrated graphics powered by the company’s new custom M1 chip.
The Mac mini’s 8-core CPU provides faster performance than the previous generation, thanks to the introduction of the M1 chip. Apple specifically states that the M1-powered Mac mini can compile code up to three times faster in Xcode, play a graphics-intensive game with up to four times higher frame rates, and render a complex timeline up to six times faster in Final Cut Pro.
In order to maintain performance, the new Mac mini also includes an advanced thermal design that allows it to remain cool and quiet. For faster wireless performance, it supports up to 2 displays and Wi-Fi 6. For what Apple defines as best-in-class security, there’s also the Secure Enclave in M1.
Apple says the 5-nanometer M1 support chip Thunderbolt 3 and USB4 and offers world-fast built-in graphics with a 16-core Neural Engine capable of handling 11 trillion operations per second.
The new Mac mini is part of the transition from Intel processors on Macs by Apple alongside new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models. In June, Apple announced plans to start using its own customized Apple Silicon processors on Macs, promising industry-leading performance per watt. Apple said it would take about two years for the transition to be finalized.
The Mac Mini with M1 is available for order on Apple.com today and will be available to customers on November 17th. Available at $699 for 256 GB storage — down from a starting price of $799 before — and $899 for 512 GB storage.