Apple announces new Arm-based Mac mini with M1 chip starting at $699

Apple on Tuesday announced a new Mac mini, the first since 2018, featuring its new custom-designed Arm-based M1 chip, joining the new MacBook Air as the second Apple Silicon device announced at the company’s “One More Thing” event. The new desktop machine will start at $699, $100 cheaper than the previously released Mac mini from two years ago.

Apple claims the new Mac mini is up to 60 percent more energy efficient, thanks to the M1 chip. The company also claims the device has a “3x faster CPU” and “6x faster graphics,” with options for up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of solid state storage. Apple says the machine can support a 6K external display, too, with display port options including Thunderbolt and USB 4.

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The shift to its own custom processors was hailed by CEO Tim Cook as a “historic day for the Mac” back when the company announced the long-rumored transition at this year’s WWDC in June. And that’s not hyperbole: the shift to Arm-based Macs and away from Intel chips is among the most consequential product decisions in the company’s history, and it will have significant and long-lasting effects on both the broader tech industry and the macOS, iOS, and iPadOS ecosystems.

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