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Apple quietly upgrades the Mac mini with double the storage

The Mac mini (2020) gets double the SSD storage as the sole upgrade for the time being. (Source: Apple)
The Mac mini (2020) gets double the SSD storage as the sole upgrade for the time being. (Source: Apple)
Amid all the fuss surrounding the launch of the new iPad Pro range and MacBook Air, Apple also gave the Mac mini a surprise boost. Although the CPUs and RAM configurations remain the same, it has doubled the standard storage at no additional cost (at least in the US).
Sanjiv Sathiah,

A lot of fanfare has rightly surrounded the launch of the new iPad Pro, its new Magic Keyboard, along with the new MacBook Air. However, Apple has been busy doing some updates in other areas including with its Mac mini. Not a device that typically gets much love mid product cycle (if ever), Apple has blessed its Mac mini customers with double the SSD storage at no additional cost (at least in its US home market).

Everything else about the Mac mini (2018) remains the same as the new Mac mini (2020). The entry model starts from US$799 which nets you an eighth-gen quad-core Intel Core i3 clocked at 3.6 GHz, but without either Turbo Boost or multi-threading. RAM also stays the same at 8 GB, but the standard SSD has jumped from 128 GB in capacity to a more capacious 256 GB. The US$1,099 model is fitted with an eighth-gen 6-core Intel Core i5 processor with a base clock of 3.0 GHz. This variant, however, offers Turbo Boost up to 4.10 GHz and also sticks with 8 GB of RAM.

If the mood takes you, you can still configure the Mac mini with an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 that offers both Turbo Boost (4.6 GHz) and hyper-threading. If you want to go the full monty, you can configure this model with up to 64 GB of RAM and a 2 TB SSD. This will set you back US$2,899. It actually makes this Mac mini among the top 20 configurations of all Macs Apple currently offers in terms of raw performance. Don’t expect, however, to see Apple upgrade the CPUs on this line up for at least 12-24 months (or possibly longer).

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-03-19 (Update: 2020-03-19)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.