Apple Mac mini 8,1 (Late 2018) – Full Information, Specs

The Apple Mac mini 8,1 (Late 2018) was initially introduced on October 30, 2018. The starting model is coming with the advanced “Coffee Lake” 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 processor, the Mac is equipped with 128 GB SSD storage and an Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics processor. As its predecessor, the Mac mini is offered by default without display, keyboard or mouse, of which, however, there is a vast array available on the market of both Apple and third party product.

Apple Mac mini 8,1 (Late 2018)

All-new Mac mini is more powerful than ever, with quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory, blazing fast all-flash storage, Thunderbolt 3, Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option.
All-new Mac mini is more powerful than ever, with quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory, blazing fast all-flash storage, Thunderbolt 3, Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option.

While being externally similar to its predecessor, one of the more obvious differences lies in its Space Gray colorway, not previously offered by the Mac series. Despite the visual similarities to the older Mac, the device’s processor has been majorly advanced. So, in fact, has its now modern connectivity.

Apple offers two stock models of the Apple Mac mini 8,1 (Late 2018): the Mac mini 3.6GHz Intel Core i3 and the 3.0GHz Intel Core i5, together with the build-to-order 3.2GHz Intel Core i7. All three of the models feature the characteristic Space Gray aluminium casing and the same array of ports: the difference between the models lies solely in the speed of their processors.

The Mac mini’s 6-core processor, its four independent processors running on a single chip, offers twice the amount of processing cores than its Mac mini predecessor.

Specifications

AboutManufacturerApple
Official NameMac mini
TypeDesktop Computer
Form-factorMini PC
LaunchReleasedNovember 7, 2018
DiscountedStill available
BodyDimensions1.4 x 7.7 x 7.7 in (3.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 mm)
Weight2.9 pounds (1.3 kg)
PlatformOSMac OS
ChipsetApple Compatible Platform
CPUQuatro, Six Core Intel Processors
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630
MemoryRAMFrom 8GB
StorageFrom 128GB SSD
CommsLAN– 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
– Configurable to 10Gb Ethernet (Nbase-T Ethernet with support for 1Gb, 2.5Gb, 5Gb, and 10Gb Ethernet using RJ-45 connector)
USB-C4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:
– DisplayPort
– Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps)
– USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
– Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, and VGA supported using adapters (sold separately)
USB5x USB 2.0
WLAN– 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking
– IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
DisplaySupport for the following combination of maximum concurrent display setups:

Up to three displays:
Two displays with 4096-by-2304 resolution at 60Hz connected via Thunderbolt 3 plus one display with 4096-by-2160 resolution at 60Hz connected via HDMI 2.0

or

Up to two displays:
One display with 5120-by-2880 resolution at 60Hz connected via Thunderbolt 3 plus one display with 4096-by-2160 resolution at 60Hz connected via HDMI 2.0

Thunderbolt 3 digital video output supports
Native DisplayPort output over USB-C
Thunderbolt 2, DVI, and VGA output supported using adapters (sold separately)

HDMI 2.0 display video output
Support for one display with 4096-by-2160 resolution at 60Hz
DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)

MiscColorsSpace Gray
PriceStarting at $799

Models

Mac mini (3.2GHz Intel 6-Core i7, Late 2018)

Mac mini (3.2GHz Intel 6-Core i7, Late 2018)
Model IdentifierMacmini8,1
Model NumberA1993 (EMC 3213)
Part NumberBTO/CTO
FamilyLate 2018
Released2018
Dimensions1.4 x 7.7 x 7.7 in (3.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 mm)
Weight2.9 pounds (1.3 kg)
Processor3.2GHz Intel 6-Core i7
Processor TypeIntel 6-Core i7
RAM8GB
Storage128GB SSD
OpticalNone
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Mac mini (3.0GHz Intel 6-Core i5, Late 2018)

Mac mini (3.0GHz Intel 6-Core i5, Late 2018)
Model IdentifierMacmini8,1
Model NumberA1993 (EMC 3213)
Part NumberMRTT2LL/A
FamilyLate 2018
Released2018
Dimensions1.4 x 7.7 x 7.7 in (3.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 mm)
Weight2.9 pounds (1.3 kg)
Processor3.0GHz Intel 6-Core i5
Processor TypeIntel 6-Core i5
RAM8GB
Storage256GB SSD
OpticalNone
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Mac mini (3.6GHz Intel Quad-Core i3, Late 2018)

Mac mini (3.6GHz Intel Quad-Core i3, Late 2018)
Model IdentifierMacmini8,1
Model NumberA1993 (EMC 3213)
Part NumberMRTR2LL/A
FamilyLate 2018
Released2018
Dimensions1.4 x 7.7 x 7.7 in (3.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 mm)
Weight2.9 pounds (1.3 kg)
Processor3.6GHz Intel Quad-Core i3
Processor TypeIntel Quad-Core i3
RAM8GB
Storage128GB SSD
OpticalNone
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Special Features

Mac mini now offers faster and expanded I/O to allow it to connect to almost anything, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HMDI 2.0, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a 10Gb Ethernet option.
Mac mini now offers faster and expanded I/O to allow it to connect to almost anything, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HMDI 2.0, two USB-A ports, an audio jack and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a 10Gb Ethernet option.
  • As briefly stated previously, the Mac mini 8,1 (Late 2018) is configured with advanced connectivity features, those including four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, two USB 3.1 ports and an HDMI 2.0 port along with the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.
  • While the Mac is shipped with a default of 8 GB standard RAM, Apple officially supports up to 64 GB by way of using two 32 GB modules.
  • The Late 2018 system does not support wither Turbo Boost or Hyper Threading.

Miscellaneous

Mac mini now features the Apple T2 Security Chip, enabling on-the-fly data encryption, secure boot and up to 30 times faster HEVC video transcoding.
Mac mini now features the Apple T2 Security Chip, enabling on-the-fly data encryption, secure boot and up to 30 times faster HEVC video transcoding.
  • While many of the Apple consumers anticipated dramatic changes in the new Mac mini 8,1 (Late 2018) due to the four year wait since the model’s previous release, the reality of the changes was limited to a processor upgrade, leading to the disappointment of some. The reviewers did, however, find the new Mac mini to be a fair compromise of price to quality.

Links

Why I bought a Mac mini in 2018 [Video]

Video published by Jonathan Morrison on June 30, 2018

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