New M1 Mac mini is 3x faster, starts at just $699

With the M1 chip inside, the new Mac mini delivers blazing-fast performance.
With the M1 chip inside, the new Mac mini delivers blazing-fast performance.
Photo: Apple

Apple just unveiled a new M1 Mac that no one was expecting (but should have) — the Mac mini.

Featuring the Apple M1 chip, the new Mac mini boasts 3x faster CPU performance and up to 6x faster graphics, compared to the previous generation mini, Apple said during Tuesday’s “One More Thing” keynote.

New Mac mini specs

The Mac mini promises loads of features at a budget price.
The Mac mini promises loads of features at a budget price.
Photo: Apple

With eight cores, the mini’s M1 CPU makes the machine 5x faster than 90% of most PC desktops sold in the last year, Apple claimed. The new chip also boasts an 8-core GPU and brings the machine learning-oriented Neural Engine to the mini (with a 15x performance boost).

The new Mac mini comes with the same industrial design as the previous model. It features two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt and USB 4, as well as Ethernet and HDMI for hooking up a TV.

The new mini supports up to two displays, including Apple’s Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution. It also packs Wi-Fi 6 for fast wireless.

It now starts at $699 — $100 less than its predecessor.

Although few pundits predicted a new Mac mini at Tuesday’s event, they probably should have. Apple has been sending out Apple Silicon-powered Mac minis to developers to help transition their apps to the new platform.

The M1 Mac mini is available for preorder today on Apple.com and in the Apple Store app, and will ship next week.