Apple Mac Mini Reborn With Hexa-Core Coffee Lake CPUs, Thunderbolt 3 And 2TB SSDs

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When it comes to Apple products that have been withering on the vine near death for years, none have been as neglected as the Mac Mini. Apple's entry-level desktop previously hadn't seen a major update since 2014, but that all ends today with some key updates.

While the Mac Mini doesn't look too far removed externally from its 2014 counterpart, Apple has made plenty of changes under the hood. For starters, Apple has incorporated 8th generation Intel Core processors (Coffee Lake), including Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 options. The Mac Mini now supports up to 64GB of RAM, while internal storage options top out at 2TB. 

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When it comes to external ports, Apple offers plenty of versatility with two traditional USB-A ports, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI and GbE. It's nice to see that Apple is supporting both primary USB interfaces along with retaining the HDMI port; this helps cut down on the need for bulky and sometimes expensive adapters. Apple has also incorporated its T2 security chip into the new Mac Mini.

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Base Mac Mini systems come with a quad-core 3.6GHz Core i3 processor, 8GB of DDR4-2666 memory, integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 and a 128GB PCIe SSD. The next step up gets you a hexa-core 3GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

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If you completely max the system out with a hexa-core 3.2GHz Core i7, 64GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and 10GbE you're looking at $4,199. The new Mac Mini is available to preorder now and ships on November 7th.