Apple has unveiled two long overdue Mac Mini computers, but with a price hiked by two-thirds. The entry level model will increase in price from £479 to £799, while the more powerful Mac Mini has increased in price from £679 to £1,099.
The new Mac Minis unveiled today are the first in four years.
Both models of the new Mac Mini will offer just 8GB of memory and a choice of either 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage - at a time when SSD prices have plunged to record lows.
More memory and storage can be specified, though, with 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory costing an extra £180, 32GB an extra £540 and 64GB an extra £1,260.
Storage upgrades are similarly eye-watering. Upgrading from a 128GB SSD to a 256GB SSD will cost an extra £180, 512GB will cost an extra £360 and a 1TB SSD will cost an extra £720. For reference, a standard 1TB SSD now costs less than £150.
The two models also offer a choice of eighth-generation Intel Core processors, with Apple claiming that the basic £799 model comes with a quad core Core i3 processor that runs at 3GHz as standard, turboing up to 3.6GHz.
However, we can't find an eighth-generation Intel Core i3 processor listed that conforms with all the specs that Apple is claiming for the CPU in its base-level Mac Mini - the Intel Core i3-8100H offers four cores and a base speed of 3GHz, but no Intel Turbo Boost technology.
The Intel Core i3-8109U, meanwhile, does feature Intel Turbo Boost technology, under which the 3GHz part can be cranked up to 3.6GHz. However, that is only a dual core, four thread CPU, and the graphics offered is Intel's Iris Plus Graphics 655, not the UHD Graphics 630 as specified, and as offered by the Core i3-8100H.
We have emailed Apple directly and will update this story as soon as Apple can provide clarification.
On top of this, buyers can also upgrade to 3.2GHz six-core Intel Core i7 CPU of unspecified nomenclature, running at a standard 3.2GHz but capable of turboing all the way up to 4.6GHz.
The devices come with Apple's T2 security chip. Indeed, the MacBook Air laptops, released at the same time, and the new Mac Mini also have a T2 chip built-in.
The T2 ‘security chip' on board integrates several controllers - including the system management controller, image signal processor, audio controller and SSD controller - onto one piece of silicon. However, it also handles on-disc encryption to AES-256 standard and secure boot capabilities.
The T2 secure processor made its debut in the iMac Pro released in December 2017, and was also integrated into the summer MacBook Pro release. It's implementation, however, has not been without teething difficulties, with the finger of blame pointed at the chip for causing crashes in both new MacBook Pros and iMac Pro computers.
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