As well as introducing an all-new MacBook Air and iPad Pro, Apple yesterday launched a new version of its popular Mac mini device, doubling the base storage without the price tag.
With relatively little fanfare at the end of a press release on the MacBook Air announcement, Apple confirmed that the Mac mini had been given some TLC.
Though this falls short of a full rework as previously rumored, with new internals to boost performance and speed, the refresh sees Apple double the storage capacity on standard configurations at no extra cost.
The standard model now comes with 256GB of SSD storage for just $799, and the premium model now comes with 512GB storage – it’s priced at $1,099 in the United States.
Speaking of the new update, Apple said: “Whether they are using it as a desktop computer, a music and movie storage hub for the family, or as a code compile server for Xcode, customers love Mac mini.
“The standard configurations of Mac mini now come with double the storage capacity. The $799 configuration now comes standard with 256GB, while the $1,099 configuration features 512GB of storage, and every Mac mini is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum.”
Some fans of the desktop have complained that Apple didn’t do enough to change the Mac mini.
They had been holding out hope for increased CPU, and although there are new CPU options available for those who want to pay a premium, the base line model remains the same as the previous generation, which was unveiled alongside the iPad Pro in 2018.
There are rumors to suggest that Apple is working on a new ARM-powered Mac mini to sit alongside new ARM-powered iMacs and MacBooks, but they’re unlikely to come until 2021.
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