Apple has a new Mac mini and MacBook Air using Intel’s 8th generation processors. A T2 security chip, Thunderbolt 3 and macOS Mojave complete the range.
New Mac Mini
The Mac mini (website here) is 197mm square, and 36mm high yet packs a Gigabit Ethernet Port (10Gbps option), HDMI 2.0, two x USB-3.0 and four x 40Gbps Thunderbolt ports.
Inside is a choice of four-core i3 (3.0GHz), 6-core i5
(3.0GHz) or 6-core i7 (3.2Ghz). DDR4-2666MHz RAM is from 8 to 64GB. Storage is
from 128GB to 2TB PCIe SSD.
Video is handled by
on-chip Intel UHD Graphics 630 which means up to three 4K displays (HDMI and
two x Thunderbolt 3 ports). It can also support
one 5K and one 4K display.
Price: from $1,249
Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said:
Mac mini customers are going to flip over the new Mac mini. It has more than five times the performance, up to 6-core desktop-class processors, the Apple T2 Security Chip, faster memory up to 64GB, high-performance all-flash storage, and is packed with advanced ports including four Thunderbolt3, two USB-A, HDMI video, audio and Ethernet up to 10 Gbps. All of this power is packed into the same-sized enclosure as before, perfect for customers updating or creating all‑new installations where Mac mini is the ideal solution.
New MacBook Air
The 13” MacBook Air (website here) is smaller, lighter, and has a Retina 2560 x 1600 display. The older MacBook Air has a has the native LCD 1440 x 900 display.
uses an 8th Generation dual-core
i5 (1.6Ghz) with Intel UHD Graphics 617. It as a new third generation keyboard
that should solve serious previous
generation problems. Improvements include
the camera, speakers, trackpad, and it has
a fingerprint Touch ID as well. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports support up to two 4K or
one 5K displays.
RAM is 8 or 16GB (not upgradable) and PCIe SSD ranges from 128GB to 1.5TB.
Battery life is 12 hours with Wi-Fi and web.
Redesigning MacBook Air started with a Retina display and all-day battery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip, the latest processor, incredible sound, the third-generation keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, high-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports and of course macOS Mojave, in a beautiful, thinner, lighter, all-aluminium design that a whole new generation of MacBook Air customers are going to love.
What is a T2 security chip?
A multi-function chip with an on-the-fly data SSD encryption.
It also ensures that software loaded during the boot process has not been
tampered with. The chip also provides
HEVC video transcoding that’s up to 30 times faster [than the previous Mac
macOS Mojave new features
Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on
feature organises messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat
iOS apps — including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home — are now available on
Mac for the first time.
now adds support for group calling
Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring
rich editorial content and apps from top developers like Microsoft and Adobe.
New MacBook Pro with Radeon coming
A new MacBook Pro is coming with Radeon Pro Vega Graphics
Coming next month delivering up to 60% faster graphics performance (over the previous
MacBook Pro) for video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.