Apple has officially announced its brand new Apple silicon Mac mini, featuring its new custom-designed ARM-based M1 chip, and it stars at $699. The new M1 chip brings 3x faster CPU performance and 6x faster GPU performance to the Mac mini’s small form factor.
The new Mac mini is silver and features Apple’s brand new M1 chip, the first-ever Apple silicon chip for Mac. The M1 chipset features an eight-core CPU and an eight-core GPU, which helps it to deliver three times CPU performance than the quad-core chip in its predecessor, and six times the graphics performance.
Apple announced its plan to move away from Intel processors in its Mac lineup, switching to its own ARM processors that are currently used in iPhone and iPad models, at WWDC 2020. When the move was announced earlier this year, Apple said the entire Mac lineup would make the switch by 2022.
Apple announces new Mac mini with M1 chip
Apple claims the new Mac mini is up to 60 percent more energy-efficient, thanks to the M1 chip. The tech giant also claims the device has a “3x faster CPU” and “6x faster graphics,” which allows it to “tackle performance-intensive tasks like complex 3D rendering with ease. ML workloads also take a quantum leap forward with up to 15x faster performance over the previous generation.”
“Packed with an astonishing 16 billion transistors, the Apple M1 system on a chip (SoC) integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and so much more onto a single tiny chip. With incredible performance, custom technologies, and industry-leading power efficiency1, M1 is not a next step for Mac — it’s another level entirely.”
According to Apple, the new Apple Silicon Mac mini can compile code in Xcode up to three times faster, render a complex timeline in Final Cut Pro up to 6 times faster, and play graphics-intensive games like “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” with up to 4 times higher frame rates and Increase resolution of a photo in Pixelmator Pro up to fifteen times faster with the M1 chip.
The back of the device features an Ethernet port, two Thunderbolt/USB4 ports that support a 6K display, an HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-A ports, and a 3.5mm headphone port. The device also supports Wi-Fi 6 and features a new thermal design that allows it to maintain performance while keeping cool and quiet.
The M1 Mac mini starts at $699. It will be available to preorder on Tuesday, November 10, and will start shipping out to customers the following week.