The all-new Mac mini with the M1 Apple Silicon has launched in the present day. Like the brand new MacBook Air and Professional, the Mac mini features some spectacular efficiency from the M1’s 8-core CPU and 8-Core GPU. However there have additionally been some I/O modifications with the brand new mannequin. Right here’s what’s completely different…
The Mac mini appears to be like spectacular with a $100 worth drop (now $699 base worth) and the features that the Apple Silicon M1 chip brings. These embrace as much as 3x quicker processing efficiency, as much as 6x quicker graphics efficiency, and as much as 15x quicker ML efficiency.
At first look, the brand new Mac mini appears to be like about the identical because the earlier technology (though solely obtainable in silver now in comparison with the previous gen coming in area grey). However a take a look at the rear exhibits a brand new I/O setup.
The earlier technology Mac mini comes with 4 USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, 2 USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet (and 10Gb Ethernet elective), HDMI 2.0, and the headphone jack. For now, it’s still available from Apple (high-end mannequin + customized configurations).
Notably, the 2020 Mac mini with Apple Silicon M1 chip drops 2 of the 4 USB-C/Thunderbolt ports in addition to not providing 10Gb Ethernet as a customized configuration choice (technically it’s USB 4 which includes Thunderbolt 3).
Whereas it’s straightforward sufficient to get an external 10Gb Ethernet adapter, with the brand new Mac mini shedding 2 USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, that will restrict customers’ I/O greater than anticipated.
It’s most likely a protected guess that Thunderbolt 3/USB-C docks will change into extra well-liked as extra customers decide on the 2020 Mac mini.
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