Apple’s smallest mini Mac has also received an upgrade today, even if it is unfortunately not quite as extensive: The memory of the two configurations that Apple has been offering since the introduction of the current model in October 2018 has been doubled, the price remained almost unchanged.
Along with the launch of the new MacBook Air and the unveiling of the all-new iPad Pro, Apple is also upgrading the Mac Mini 2020. Unfortunately, the update is as small as the computer itself – Apple even announced the change as a footnote in the MacBook Air press release. Only the memory of the two variants was doubled – the entry-level model now comes with a 256GB SSD, the more expensive model has 512GB.
Unfortunately, you still have to be satisfied with the 8th generation Intel processors and an Intel UHD Graphics 630 – the update to more recent processors would not have harmed the small computer. After all, an external graphics card can be connected to the Mini Mac using Thunderbolt 3, just like the predecessor, if you want to use the Mac as a gaming PC replacement.
If you want to add external peripherals, four Thunderbolt 3 ports support bi-directional transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s, while also supporting 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB 3.1), device charging, and an external GPU. Thanks to two 5 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Type-A ports, you’ll still be able to connect other devices to this system.
It has 10 Gigabit Ethernet is built-in for wired networking, or use dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) for wireless networking. Bluetooth 5.0 technology will allow you to connect additional compatible peripherals, including keyboards, mice, and headsets. Sound is output using a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple’s Mac Mini 2020 operates using an internal 150W power supply that runs off 100-240 VAC at 50 to 60 Hz.
Price and Availability
You have to dig deeper in your pocket here: the price of the base model with the 3.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i3, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD has been priced at $899 on Bhphotovideo.com, and for the top model with the 3.0 GHz 6-core Intel Core i5, also 64GB RAM would cost $2,199.