Apple unveils all-new Mac mini with a massive increase in performance

Apple today gave Mac mini a massive increase in performance. Now with quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory and blazing fast all-flash storage, the new Mac mini delivers an insane five times faster performance, making it the most powerful Mac mini ever made.1 And with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option, the new Mac mini is a faster and more capable desktop that can do so much more.

“Mac mini is loved by customers for its ability to be used in incredibly diverse environments — from casual desktop use, to live professional performances, to multiple Mac mini computers powering through video renderings and compiling software code, to racks of thousands in giant app build farms — anywhere a small-but-mighty Mac is needed to get the job done,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement. “Mac mini customers are going to flip over the new Mac mini. It has more than five times the performance, up to 6-core desktop-class processors, an Apple T2 Security Chip, faster memory up to 64GB, high-performance all-flash storage, and is packed with advanced ports including four Thunderbolt 3, two USB-A, HDMI video, audio and Ethernet up to 10Gbps. All of this power is packed into the same size enclosure as before, perfect for customers updating or creating all-new installations where Mac mini is the ideal solution.”

Five Times Faster and More Powerful Than Ever

Now with quad- and 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 4.6GHz and Intel UHD graphics, Mac mini delivers up to five times faster performance than the previous generation.1 Mac mini now rips through traditional desktop tasks like photo and video editing, music creation and software development, and crushes pro workflows including video transcoding, code compiling and live musical performances. And with up to 64GB of 2666 MHz memory, Mac mini can load larger files into memory, run more virtual machines or manipulate even larger data sets. Every Mac mini now features the speed and reliability of all-flash storage. With capacities up to 2TB, the SSDs on Mac mini are up to four times faster, so working with large files and opening apps is quicker than ever.

New Mac mini delivers five times faster performance.
New Mac mini delivers five times faster performance.

Apple T2 Security Chip Comes to Mac mini

The Apple T2 Security Chip brings industry-leading security to your Mac mini. The T2 features an SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption so everything stored on the SSD is automatically and fully encrypted. The Secure Enclave in T2 ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with. T2 also features HEVC video transcoding that’s up to an incredible 30 times faster, enabling pro users to work more quickly with higher resolution video throughout their workflow.

Mac mini now features the Apple T2 Security Chip, enabling on-the-fly data encryption, secure boot and up to 30 times faster HEVC video transcoding.
Mac mini now features the Apple T2 Security Chip, enabling on-the-fly data encryption, secure boot and up to 30 times faster HEVC video transcoding.

Higher Performance I/O With Thunderbolt 3 and 10Gb Ethernet

With four Thunderbolt 3 ports, twice as many Thunderbolt ports as the previous generation and each with double the performance, the new Mac mini can connect to high speed storage, 4K and 5K Thunderbolt displays, and output video in three formats. Mac mini also features an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, so it can connect to almost anything. And for super fast networking performance, Mac mini offers a 10Gb Ethernet option for the first time.

Mac mini now offers faster and expanded I/O to allow it to connect to almost anything, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HMDI 2.0, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a 10Gb Ethernet option.
Mac mini now offers faster and expanded I/O to allow it to connect to almost anything, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HMDI 2.0, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a 10Gb Ethernet option.

100 Percent Recycled Aluminum Enclosure and a Smaller Carbon Footprint

Now in a gorgeous new space gray finish, every new Mac mini enclosure uses an Apple-designed aluminum alloy made from 100 percent recycled aluminum for the first time, which has the same strength, durability and beautiful finish as the aluminum in all Apple products.2 The Mac mini also features the use of more post-consumer recycled plastic in parts like the foot. All together these advancements help to reduce the carbon footprint of the new Mac mini by nearly 50 percent.

macOS Mojave

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.

Pricing and Availability

Starting at $799, the new Mac mini is available to order today on It will be available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers starting Wednesday, November 7. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Note: We max’ed out a new Mac mini for you to see what it costs:

• 3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)
• 64GB 2666MHz DDR4
• Intel UHD Graphics 630
• 2TB SSD storage
• 10 Gigabit Ethernet (Nbase-T Ethernet with support for 1Gb, 2.5Gb, 5Gb, and 10Gb Ethernet using RJ‑45 connector)



    1. Yeah, it’s price tag after options really is quite “impressive” from a Stockholder perspective.

      But the prospects of the Mac Pro being an equal, it will cost $5K more than an equivalent PC…

  1. I have a 9 year old early 2009 Mac Pro OctoCore 2.26GHz with two e-sata cards one of which runs a Startech RAID 5. The Pro has 2 1 x GB drives, 1 x 2 GB drive and a 4GB drive. Other bits & pieces include a NIKON LS 5000 and DVD drive as the one in the MacPro has died or possibly needs the laser sensor cleaned as ii shows up on System Report. I also have an OtherWorld Computing PCIe Drive Mercury Excelsior card that I run the system off. I also still have two 23″ Alu Apple Monitors one of which I expect to die soon but amazingly I’ve managed to maintain breakdown and damage cover on it. How would I connect this lot to a Mac mini, and would the monitors run off the Mini?

    1. I don’t think replacing your setup with a Mac Mini makes sense unless you’ve experienced some components failing or have a lot of beachball action going on.

      The cost to replace your functions would require a bunch of extras.

      single core speeds on the new mini will be snappier, but your 8 core Mac Pro will likely keep up for sustained processes. Max out your mac pro memory to improve speed of caching operations.

      You can upgrade your Mac Pro graphics card to something at least as good as the mini has, make sure it is Metal2 compatible.

      You can buy adapters to hook up your old monitors to the usb-c ports of the mini, but your eyes will thank you to go to a pair of 27” 4k resolution screens (which would also need proper cables from thunder bolt 3 to DisplayPort.) Apple no longer sells displays but Dell offers nice SuperSharp models that look great for not to much $.

      to replace the storage you have, you’d be forced to buy a NAS or external raid array. New drives might be a hair faster and less likely to fail soon but it sounds like your raid setup works well. An external hard drive isn’t faster on usb-c than Firewire 800. It’s easy and cheap to upgrade hard drives with the old Mac Pro.

      You’d lose the optical drive with the new mini too.

      The old mac pro has better audio, pci expansion, and you can upgrade any chip in it. I’d wait to see the next Mac Pro before buying the mini. That will give you time to shop around for tb3 peripherals which are finally coming available and affordable.

  2. BeachBum, my main issue is the Mac Pro is 9 years old and has a limited life span but I have plenty of peripherals as listed above. I doubt I’m going to need a New 2019 Mac Pro nor can afford it but the peripherals still function. Slide & Flatbed, Printer, Harmon Kardon Speakers, the Startech RAID 5 and individual internal drives. The Excelsior SSD Raid could be set up in a separate enclosure BUT is it faster than current stuff and worth keeping – it owes me nothing? I’m not convinced an iMac Pro is really necessary as my main current interest is Photography processing RAW Canon Images from a 1DX2 and 7D2.

    In the light of your comments I’m wondering if going for a high end iMac with best CPU and Graphics Card and some sort of means of attaching the existing USB stuff (The e-SATA stuff has USB and FW Sockets so I can convert the RAID 5 to a JBOD if e-SATA is now dead technology) and set up some sort of storage for the internal drives using new enclosures and connections. My data (150000 images/7TB) is also backed up via Backblaze. If I can continue to keep the old Apple monitors going I’m wondering if connecting them til they die, then getting a Dell 4K Monitor might be the way forward once I’m able to do something.

    What do you think?

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