The Apple M1 processor is finally here, after years of speculation. It was clear for a while that Apple would build on its success with its in-house smartphone SoC chipsets, but switching from industry-standard Intel processors to dedicated processors is a big step. Apple has wisely decided to ease the transition by simply updating its existing products rather than releasing entirely new models that look completely different, ensuring that all focus is on silicon. With a comprehensive and consistent approach to software, many people may not realize the magnitude of change that has occurred under the hood.
The new Mac mini is Apple’s first desktop to get a new M-series processor, which makes sense given it’s the most affordable, versatile, and general-purpose model of the bunch. While Apple claims massive performance improvements compared to Intel-based models, this PC is at the bottom of the pile and unlikely to be used in heavy-duty work where software and hardware compatibility is review. It also has a new lower starting price, which means it’s a little easier for people to get their hands on a machine to try and test.
I have been using the new Mac min with the M1 SoC for about a week now, and I find that there are many things that I like, but it is not for everyone. Read on to find out why.
Mac mini (M1, 2020) price and variants
Perhaps the biggest surprise to the new M1-based Mac mini is that it starts at $ 100 less than the previous Intel-based version. In India, the base variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD costs Rs. 64,900 with doubling the storage to 512GB would push the price up to Rs. 84900. It is important to note that both RAM and storage are not expandable or replaceable, so you should think about how your usage will evolve over time.
Apple now offers customization options in India through its online store and authorized resellers. If you want the new Mac mini with 16GB of RAM, you will end up paying Rs. 20,000 more. You can also choose a 1TB solid state drive for Rs. 40,000 above base price, or 2TB for Rs. 80,000 more. The prices are downright fun considering you can buy a standard 1TB NVMe SSD for less than Rs. 10,000 today, but the only alternatives are external drives and cloud storage.
Despite Apple’s iron grip on its image, the company doesn’t sell matching displays (aside from the 32-inch 6K UHD XDR display), so you’ll need to buy your own. You can choose to purchase Apple’s Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and / or Magic Trackpad 2, but interestingly, they are not offered as add-ons when setting up your Mac mini online.
Previous generation Intel-based options are still available, but only as high-end configurations starting at Rs. 1.04900 with 8th Gen Intel Core i5 3GHz CPU. It can be configured with up to a Core i7 CPU, 64GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, plus an optional 10Gb Ethernet. This is good news for people who use small Macs as servers or in production environments.