During its release in 2018, the Mac mini possessed the appellation of being the most versatile Mac in the whole of Apple’s desktop models. With the Mac Pro release, that appellation presently belongs to Apple’s professional-oriented desktop machine with PCIe expandability.
Undoubtedly, the Mac mini is still one of the most value-loaded Macs that Apple sells presently, and it’s also the second most versatile Mac after the Mac Pro.
For a while, it has occasionally looked as if Apple didn’t really have the idea of what to do with the Mac Mini. Having survived its benefit as a ‘low-cost Mac’ in the Steve Jobs time, Apple has made experimentally attempts recently to reposition the Mac Mini as somewhat an entry-level server and, not long ago, as a compact workstation for most creative users.
But, as Apple’s home-grown M1 system-on-chip (SoC) has provided the ultraportable MacBook Air a stimulus, the new Apple Silicon processor is enabling the Mac Mini to go back to its origin as an affordable desktop Mac. With a price reduction of around £100/$100 for this recent model, the new Mac Mini can attract an audience of business users who need a reliable and affordable machine for working from home.
Mac Mini 2020 Features
Just like its M1 mates, the MacBook Air and 13-inch Macbook Pro, the new Mac Mini adhere to a known design. In fairness, it’s a bit difficult to enhance the Mini’s compact design, which has had a noticeable influence on small-form-factor (SFF) competitors like HP’s EliteDesk 705 G5. The color might have been altered from the dark grey of a few years ago to a lighter silvery-grey shade.
However, the attractive, sleek system still measures about 197mm square and 36mm high. However, the weight seems to have reduced a bit, falling from 1.3kg to 1.2kg.
Indeed, there have been some changes, though, and a fast inspection of the back of the late-2020 Mini affirm its return to the affordable status for this update.
The 2018 version of the Mac Mini’s 2018 performance possesses workstation qualities and brags of four Thunderbolt 3 ports to support various displays and other accessories. Well, the recent M1 version of the Mac Mini possesses two Thunderbolt 3 ports, in addition to two USB 3.1, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, and 3.5mm audio output.
Nevertheless, although Apple stated that the Mac Mini is versatile, the M1’s integrated GPU can support two displays simultaneously, adding a 6K display through Thunderbolt and an extra 4K display through HDMI. Well, you’ll have to provide the display(s) yourself, in addition to a mouse and keyboard, as these components aren’t added to the price of the Mac Mini.
If you are thinking of buying a Mac mini, here is the recommended configuration:
- Intel UHD Graphics 630
- 10 Gigabit Ethernet
- 8GB 2666MHz DDR4
- A 3.2GHz 6 core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost of about 4.6GHz)
- 256GB SSD storage
Mac Mini 2020 Design
Without a doubt, the Mac mini is still the only true “small” Mac desktop. Indeed, you have the option of choosing between 21- and 27-inch iMac models (which we’d anticipate to obtain the M1 CPU before it’s too long). But if you need a compact, macOS-based system that isn’t a laptop to connect to a TV, a spare monitor, or even a public informational display, the Mac mini has since been the Apple beginning and end.
However, the fact that the Mac mini is furnished to work as anything ranging from a daily productivity churner, small music, and video editing dynamo, a digital-display pusher is proof of this design’s long-lasting flexibility, or even a home theater system. It doesn’t take up too much space, and it looks desirable irrespective of where you keep it.
The question in most people’s hearts is that it is necessary to opt for the new Mac mini if you already have a 2018 or the early 2020 model? It solely depends on your instant needs. If you’re working with a pre-Catalina version of the macOS, you may want to stay with it for a while if you depend on essential 32-bit apps that don’t possess equivalents on this side of the macOS divide.
Even if you’re pliant that way, we won’t hurry right in. Wait and observe how the Universal apps field works for a few months, and also what the early returns will look like on how massive a deal the M1 is for real-world use.
However, if you’re living miserably with an older Mac desktop, or have an urgent need for a top-notch basic macOS-based system, then the new Mac mini is highly recommended. With Apple’s already robust essential apps that are part of the OS and significant reasons you get a Mac, such as Final Cut Pro, you have no reason to wait in the Universal camp.
Since your eyes are open to the app-compatibility of sufficient detail and smaller Thunderbolt ports, the M1 looks somewhat like an accurate opening exception in a new battle for desktop hearts and minds.
It isn’t easy for the money aspect to discover a compact desktop on any platform that surpasses it on performance ability, pure beauty and style of hardware and software design, and user experience.