After announcing its new M1 iMac during the Spring Loaded event, Apple has quietly added optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet as an optional upgrade for its M1 Mac mini. This was a feature that was previously available in Intel Mac mini, but was a strange omission when Apple introduced the M1 Mac mini last year.
M1 Mac mini can now be upgraded with 10 Gigabit Ethernet
When the new M1 Mac mini was announced in November 2020, many potential customers were disappointed with the downgrade in Gigabit Ethernet. Despite the amazing performance due to M1 chip, the missing 10 Gigabit Ethernet meant that customers could not replace their Intel versions in specific use cases where they rely on faster networking speeds.
Customers can now configure their M1 Mac mini build during check out on Apple’s online store and add in 10 Gigabit Ethernet to replace 1 Gigabit Ethernet. Note that this upgrade will cost an additional $100 over the cost of the Mac mini. Customers can even configure the base model $699 Mac mini to add in 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as Apple has not reserved this optional upgrade for more expensive variants of the mini.
For now, this upgrade is only available on Apple’s online store, and only for M1 Mac mini. The newly announced M1 iMac does not have 10 Gigabit Ethernet upgrade listed in tech specifications, as Apple is clearly targeting it towards non-professional customers.
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