New Mac mini packs a huge punch

Apple's new Mac mini models are available for order now, and will ship on November 7th. The base model Core i3/8 GB RAM/129 GB PCIe SSD model starts at U.S. $799, which is a pretty steep price for what is now a pretty basic desktop. Apple says it's five times faster than previous Mac Minis-which were last updated in 2014. The faster option is a 3.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7, with Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz for $300 more. In terms of storage, every Mac mini has SSDs up to 4X faster and capacities up to 2TB, which is double capacity of the previous model.

The Mac Mini enters the modern era of Apple computers with its vast port offering that includes four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI and Ethernet along with powerful internals that make it a super appealing desktop for Apple users.

Apple announced a new Mac Mini at the Apple event on Tuesday, the biggest update the mini desktop has ever received.

When Steve Jobs introduced the very first Mac mini at Macworld 2005, he told us it was built to meet demand for a "stripped-down Mac that is more affordable". It's also made of 100% recyclable aluminum and comes in a new cool Space Gray finish.

Alongside Intel UHD graphics, the new Mac mini can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and as much as 2TB of SSD storage that's four times faster than before.

Apple's MacBook Air was getting rather long in the tooth so this is a timely update to a popular SKU.

The new Mac Mini now maxes out at 64 GB at 2,666 MHz (SO-DIMMS). Again the Apple T2 Security Chip makes an appearance to provide a "secure enclave", always-on Siri ready to respond, and on-the-fly data encryption - and again we have Touch ID integration. The "budget" MacBook Air is pricier than ever with a starting cost of $1,199 United States dollars, that ultimately topping out at $2,599 USD.