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Staff Writer, Macworld | Nov 1, 2018 6:00 AM PT
Sandwiched between the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro during Apple’s “More in the Making” event was an update to the Mac mini, a computer most of us thought was dead. It’s not just that it had been more than four years since Apple last updated its mini PC, it had also been twice as long since it had anything resembling a redesign.
And guess what? We’re still waiting for a truly new Mac mini. The new model might come in space gray now, but it’s a small consolation to those of us who were waiting for Apple to truly rethink and reimagine its tiniest Mac. Just like it has been for the past eight years, the Mac mini is 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. The placement of the ports have shifted and the rear vent is slightly bigger, but for the most part, the new Mac mini is merely a darker version of the old Mac mini.
If you’ve been patiently waiting for a Mac mini ever since Tim Cook promised it will be an “important part” of Apple’s product line, you were no doubt thrilled to see Tuesday’s update. From a pure spec standpoint, it checks off a lot of boxes that the previous Mac mini didn’t:
That’s nothing to sneeze at. Compared to the prior generation, the new Mac mini is a veritable powerhouse packed in the same diminutive square. You can even upgrade the RAM after you buy it, a rarity among Apple products. But in 2018, the new Mac mini feels like more of a concession than an innovation.
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