Apple Mac mini (Late 2018)

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Apple Mac mini (Late 2018)
Key Features
  • 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 Quad-Core
  • 8GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • 128GB PCIe SSD
Apple has re-engineered the Mac mini (Late 2018) to drive tasks ranging from home automation to giant render farms, Xcode servers, industrial-grade operations, live concert sound engines, digital art and signage, testing iOS apps, and more. Upgraded with an 8th Generation Intel Core processor, the Mac mini features a more efficient thermal architecture, all-flash storage, a bigger fan, expanded vents, a redesigned power supply, and Apple's T2 security chip.
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Apple Mac mini Late 2018 Overview

Apple has re-engineered the Mac mini (Late 2018) to drive tasks ranging from home automation to giant render farms, Xcode servers, industrial-grade operations, live concert sound engines, digital art and signage, testing iOS apps, and more. Upgraded with an 8th Generation Intel Core processor, the Mac mini features a more efficient thermal architecture, all-flash storage, a bigger fan, expanded vents, a redesigned power supply, and Apple's T2 security chip.

This Mac mini is powered by an 8th Gen Coffee Lake 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 Quad-Core processor, while 8GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM helps to ensure smooth multitasking and also allows the computer to quickly access frequently used files and programs. The system memory can be upgraded to a maximum of 64GB.

Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 delivers a sharp, clear picture, and you'll be able to output video to an external display using the system's Thunderbolt 3 ports, which feature native DisplayPort output, or use the built-in HDMI 2.0 port. Up to three 4K displays are supported between any two Thunderbolt 3 ports and the HDMI port, or you can connect one 5K display and one 4K display.

For storage of your files, this Mac mini is equipped with a 128GB PCIe SSD that has a sequential read speed of up to 3.4 GB/s. If you want to add external peripherals, four Thunderbolt 3 ports support bi-directional transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s, while also supporting 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB 3.1), device charging, and an external GPU. Thanks to two 5 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) Type-A ports, you'll still be able to connect other devices to this system. Gigabit Ethernet is built in for wired networking, or use dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) for wireless networking. Bluetooth 5.0 technology will allow you to connect additional compatible peripherals, including keyboards, mice, and headsets. Sound is output using a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple's Mac mini (Late 2018) operates using an internal 150W power supply that runs off 100-240 VAC at 50 to 60 Hz.

This Mac comes preloaded with macOS. Updates can be downloaded for free via the Mac App Store. Please check Apple's website for upgrade eligibility.

General Features
Part Racehorse, All Workhorse
In addition to being a great desktop computer, the Mac mini powers everything from home automation to giant render farms. And now, with an 8th Generation 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 Quad-Core processor and Intel UHD Graphics 630, the Mac mini has even more computing power for industrial-grade tasks. So, whether you're running a live concert sound engine or testing your latest iOS app, the Mac mini is the shortest distance between a great idea and a great result.
Climb In, Geek Out
The Mac mini features 8GB of high-performance 2666 MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM memory for faster rendering, working with massive files, or running multiple virtual machines. And now you can configure even more memory - up to 64GB - to run even heavier workloads.
Haul Apps
This Mac mini has a 128GB PCIe SSD with sequential read speeds of up to 3.4 GB/s, so you can load giant files and launch apps quickly.
Apple's T2 Security Chip - Next-Gen Security
The Mac mini features the Apple T2 Security Chip, a second-generation custom Mac silicon designed by Apple to make the Mac mini even more secure. The T2 Security Chip consolidates several controllers into one, and includes a Secure Enclave co-processor that provides the foundation for encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities.
Strength in Numbers
The Mac mini is optimized for performance across the board, with programs including Xcode, WebKit Compile, Adobe Photoshop CC, Pixelmator Pro, Luxion KeyShot, Autodesk Maya, Compressor, Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, MainStage, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and more.
Connections and Expansion
With a variety of ports, the Mac mini is ready for a variety of workflow configurations. Thunderbolt 3 is powerful and versatile, and the Mac mini has four of them. The HDMI 2.0 port delivers more bandwidth than its predecessor, so you can enjoy faster frame rates. For wired network access, take advantage of the integrated Gigabit Ethernet port.
Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 gives you some productive possibilities. Transfer data at up to 40 Gb/s, charge and power external devices, connect up to two 4K displays—and even a third with HDMI 2.0—or one 5K display. Or, pair your Mac mini with an eGPU for desktop-class graphics performance.
Limited Warranty and Service
Your Mac mini comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a limited 1-year warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ for Mac to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.
To the Desktop, and Beyond
Because of its size, performance, and wide array of ports, the Mac mini goes where no Mac has gone before. And now, with even more cores packed into its 7.7" square frame, you never know where you'll find a Mac mini—or dozens of them—hard at work.

Build and Render Farms
The faster 2666 MHz DDR4 memory in the Mac mini is ideal for batching out massive Xcode builds or rendering and compressing video.

Xcode Server
A 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 Quad-Core processor and fast I/O connectivity make the Mac mini a solid Xcode companion to build your apps quickly while running automated tests in the background.

Live Performance
With its 128GB PCIe SSD, fast performance, and small footprint, Mac mini becomes a live musical instrument with MainStage on some of the world's largest concert tours.

Digital Art and Signage
From performance art to immersive digital billboards, the Mac mini drives some of the biggest and brightest digital displays with its powerful processor, high-performance memory, and fast, versatile I/O.
macOS
macOS features Dark Mode, pro-inspired features, four new apps, and a redesigned Mac App Store.
Video Support
Up to Three Displays
Two displays with a 4096 x 2304 resolution at 60 Hz connected via Thunderbolt 3, plus one display with 4096 x 2160 resolution at 60 Hz, connected via HDMI 2.0.

Up to Two Displays
One display with a 5120 x 2880 resolution at 60 Hz connected via Thunderbolt 3, plus one display with 4096 x 2160 resolution at 60 Hz, connected via HDMI 2.0.

Thunderbolt 3 Digital Video Output
Native DisplayPort output over USB Type-C, with Thunderbolt 2, DVI, and VGA output supported using separately-sold adapters.

HDMI 2.0 Display Video Output
Support for one display with a 4096 x 2160 resolution of 60 Hz with DVI output using a separately-sold HDMI to DVI adapter.

Apple Mac mini Late 2018 Specs

Key Specs
Operating System
macOS
Total Installed Memory
8 GB
Memory Slot Type
SO-DIMM
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 630
Ports
2 x USB-A 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1
USB-C
4 x Thunderbolt 3 (Supports DisplayPort)
Display I/O
1 x HDMI 2.0
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Performance
CPU
3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 Quad-Core
L3 Cache
6 MB
Memory Type
2666 MHz DDR4
Total Installed Memory
8 GB
Maximum Memory Capacity
64 GB
Memory Slot Type
SO-DIMM
Graphics Type
Integrated
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 630
Storage and Expansion
Total Drive Bays
No
Solid State Storage
1 x 128 GB M.2 PCIe
PCI Expansion
No
Optical Drive
No
Inputs / Outputs
Ports
2 x USB-A 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1
USB-C
4 x Thunderbolt 3 (Supports DisplayPort)
Display I/O
1 x HDMI 2.0
Audio I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Communications
Network I/O
1 x RJ45 (Gigabit)
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth
5.0
General
Power Supply
150 W with
Dimensions
7.7 x 1.4 x 7.7" / 19.6 x 3.6 x 19.6 cm
Weight
2.9 lb / 1.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
10 x 10 x 5"

Apple Mac mini Late 2018 Reviews

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Can I load Mac OS sierra?

Can I load Mac OS sierra?
Asked by: Morad
I need to run Mojave to be compatible with an internet server that I use for work. Seeing this B&H staff's comment, I bought the Mini. However, now that I have set up the Mini I see that it's running Catalina, which I can't use. How can I get Mojave on here?
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2020-10-20

Please confirm the SSD cannot be accessed . You ...

Please confirm the SSD cannot be accessed . You mean if the system drive fails there is no way to change it out !!??
Asked by: Robert
The internal drive can be changed by an authorized Apple tech.
Answered by: Sagi
Date published: 2020-10-12

Would this Mac Mini combined with an external GPU ...

Would this Mac Mini combined with an external GPU be a viable option for video editing?
Asked by: Nate
One of the highly regarded external GPUs for Macs (aside from the Black Magic Design eGPU available only at Apple) is the Razer Core X Chroma (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1541204-REG/razer_rc21_01430100_r3u1_razer_core_x_chroma.html). You would then install an AMD graphics card like the AMD Radeon Pro RX 5700 XT and you would be in good shape for video editing. That noted, this iMac (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1582164-REG/apple_z0zx_mxwv_51_bh_imac_27_3_8g_8c_10g_i7_8gb_512gb_rp_5700_xt.html) puts you roughly in the same ballpark fiscally and performance-wise (if not better) with the ability to upgrade the RAM yourself.
Answered by: Gregorio M.
Date published: 2020-09-30

does this come with Catalina?

does this come with Catalina?
Asked by: Patrick
Yes, the Mac Mini ships with Catalina 10.15.
Answered by: Miguel
Date published: 2020-09-14

If the Mini's SSD isn't big enough can I run ...

If the Mini's SSD isn't big enough can I run everything from a big external SSD and not use the Mini's SSD at all? (I don't want to mess with having the OS one one drive and the data on another drive unless Migration Assitant will do this by default.)
Asked by: Randy
So if the drive is not large enough you can install and Run programs off an external SSD. However, the pathways for applications to run would be linked to that external drive. Applications like migration assistant would see this as an external drive. So it would be required to reinsert drive, and then make sure all applications are pointed to the appropriate directory.
Answered by: Nachmen
Date published: 2020-08-06

I just purchase my Early 2020 Mac Mini from B and ...

I just purchase my Early 2020 Mac Mini from B and H. When I look "About this Mac" it says 2018. Why?
Asked by: Johnny
This model was released in 2020 however Apple is still calling it 2018 since the hardware design didn’t change
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2020-07-29

Is this new

Is this new
Asked by: John
Yes this is new in a box, not used or refurbished.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2020-07-20

Is the Mac Mini 2020 compatible with the Apple ...

Is the Mac Mini 2020 compatible with the Apple Monitor 27" Thunderbolt Display? Do I need a specific cable port?
Asked by: Declan
Also there is no 2020 model...they are all 2018! Apple's own spec page has no 2020 listed only 2018.
Answered by: Brian
Date published: 2020-07-10
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