Apple Mac mini M1 Chip (Late 2020)

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Apple Mac mini M1 Chip (Late 2020)
Key Features
  • Apple M1 8-Core CPU
  • 16GB Unified RAM | 512GB SSD
  • 8-Core GPU | 16-Core Neural Engine
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) | Bluetooth 5.0
The Apple Mac mini now features Apple's first chip designed specifically for Mac. The Apple M1 integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and more into a single system on a chip (SoC). All of this boosts the Mac mini to an entirely different level, as it features up to three times faster CPU performance, up to six times faster graphics, and up to 15 times faster machine learning with the 16-Core Neural Engine. You'll be able to work, play, and create on a Mac mini with more power and speed than previous models, making it suitable for home offices, gaming, music creation, digital art and signage, and more. Adding to the Mac mini's power is 16GB of RAM, which helps to ensure smooth multitasking and also allows the computer to quickly access frequently used files and programs.
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Apple Mac mini Late 2020 Overview

The Apple Mac mini now features Apple's first chip designed specifically for Mac. The Apple M1 integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and more into a single system on a chip (SoC). All of this boosts the Mac mini to an entirely different level, as it features up to three times faster CPU performance, up to six times faster graphics, and up to 15 times faster machine learning with the 16-Core Neural Engine. You'll be able to work, play, and create on a Mac mini with more power and speed than previous models, making it suitable for home offices, gaming, music creation, digital art and signage, and more. Adding to the Mac mini's power is 16GB of RAM, which helps to ensure smooth multitasking and also allows the computer to quickly access frequently used files and programs.

The 8-Core GPU 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. You'll be able to connect one 6K / 60 Hz display using Thunderbolt 3 and a second 4K / 60 Hz display using HDMI 2.0.

For storing your files, this Mac mini is equipped with a 512GB SSD that delivers speeds of up to 3.4 GB/s. If you want to add external peripherals, two Thunderbolt 3 / USB4 ports that support bi-directional transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s, as well as 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 2, plus charging and power for external devices. Thanks to two 5 Gb/s USB 3.1 Gen 1 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 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for wireless access. 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 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 Also, please be aware that a keyboard and mouse are not included.

General Features

New Guts, More Glory

The Apple M1 chip takes Apple's versatile, do-it-all desktop to another dimension. With up to three times faster CPU performance, six times faster graphics, and their most advanced Neural Engine for up to 15 times faster machine learning. Get ready to work, play, and create on Mac mini with speed and power beyond anything you ever imagined.

M1 - Small Chip, Giant Leap

It's here. Apple's first chip designed specifically for Mac. Packed with an astonishing 16 billion transistors, the Apple M1 system on a chip (SoC) integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, I/O, and so much more onto a single tiny chip. With incredible performance, custom technologies, and improved power efficiency, M1 is not a next step for Mac - it's another level entirely.

8-Core CPU - Max Power, Mini Footprint

M1 packs astonishing speed and power into Mac mini. The 8-core CPU delivers up to three times faster processing performance than the previous generation - all while keeping its iconic 7.7" square design.

Incredible Chip Input, Unbelievable Graphics Output

The 8-core GPU in the M1 chip is the most advanced graphics processor Apple has ever built, full stop. And it brings the world's fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer to Mac mini, with a gigantic six times increase in graphics performance. That's an insane amount of power - all in an incredibly compact enclosure.

16-Core Neural Engine

The 16-core Neural Engine is the brains of the operation. Machine learning (ML) brings task-smashing speed and automation to video analysis, voice recognition, image processing, and more. And the M1 chip brings a 16-core Neural Engine and full stack of ML technologies, transforming Mac mini into an ML powerhouse.

Compact Design

The integration of technologies on the M1 chip allows Mac mini to blow away computers many times its size - taking on intensive tasks while consuming up to 60% less energy than the previous generation.

Unified Memory

The M1 chip brings 16GB of fast unified memory. This single pool of high-bandwidth, low-latency memory allows apps to share data between the CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine efficiently - so everything you do is fast and fluid.

SSD Storage

This Mac mini comes with 512GB of all-flash storage for your photo and video libraries, files, and apps. And with speeds up to 3.4 GB/s, apps and files launch and load in an instant.

Versatility - Fits In, Rocks Out

With its compact size, incredible performance, and wide array of ports, Mac mini is perfect for a surprising range of uses. And with the powerful M1 chip unleashed within its 7.7" square frame, you never know where you'll find a Mac mini hard at work.

Home Office

Mac mini turns any desk into a powerful workstation. Just add a keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and up to two displays.

Music Creation

The 8-core CPU, superfast unified memory, and ML accelerators in the M1 chip let you run more tracks, plug-ins, and filters in Logic Pro than ever before on Mac mini.

Digital Art and Signage

From jaw-dropping performance art to giant, immersive digital billboards, Mac mini can drive some of the biggest and brightest digital displays with its incredible performance, versatile I/O, and unrivaled power efficiency - all in an ultracompact design.

When Compared to the Previous Generation, the M1-Powered Mac mini Can

  • Compile code in Xcode up to  three times faster
  • Play a graphics-intensive game like "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" with up to four times higher frame rates.
  • Render a complex timeline in Final Cut Pro up to six times faster
  • Take music production to new levels by using up to three times as many real-time plug-ins in Logic Pro
  • Magically increase the resolution of a photo in Pixelmator Pro up to 15 times faster
  • Utilize ML frameworks like TensorFlow or Create ML, now accelerated by the M1 chip
  • Future updates are coming to Adobe apps

Connections and Expansion

With two screaming-fast Thunderbolt / USB4 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), and Gigabit Ethernet, Mac mini is up for anything and everything.

Thunderbolt 3 with USB4 Support

Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also supports USB4, allowing you to connect to more peripherals, including the Apple Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution.

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

Another first for Mac mini, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) delivers better all-around performance and up to 1.2 Gb/s of throughput - for lightning-fast file transfers or backing up to Time Machine.

Apple Mac mini Late 2020 Specs

Operating SystemmacOS (64-Bit)
Model YearLate 2020
Performance
ProcessorApple M1
CPU Performance Quad-Core
Efficiency Quad-Core
Graphics TypeIntegrated
GPUApple (8-Core)
Memory TypeEmbedded DRAM
Total Installed Memory16 GB
Memory Configuration16 GB (Onboard)
Memory Slot TypeNot Specified by Manufacturer
Buffered MemoryNo
ECC MemoryNo
Storage and Expansion
Total Installed Capacity512 GB
Solid State Storage1 x 512 GB Integrated NVMe PCIe
Optical DriveNone
I/O
Ports2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB Type-C2 x Thunderbolt 3 / USB4 (Supports DisplayPort/HDMI/VGA and Power Delivery)
Display1 x HDMI 2.0 Output
Audio1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Output
Built-In SpeakersNone
Built-In MicrophonesNone
Media/Memory Card SlotNone
Communications
Ethernet1 x RJ45 (Gigabit)
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
MU-MIMO SupportYes
Bluetooth5.0
NFCNo
Keyboard & Mouse
KeyboardNone
Pointing DeviceNone
General
Power Supply150 W with IEC
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Operating Temperature5 to 95°F / -15 to 35°C
Operating Humidity5 to 90%
CertificationsENERGY STAR, as per Manufacturer
Dimensions7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4" / 19.6 x 19.6 x 3.6 cm
Weight2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.33 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.8 x 9.7 x 4.7"

Apple Mac mini Late 2020 Reviews

excellent product

By Rolando
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-04

Like all apple products, they are of quality and very intuitive to use.

Little powerhouse

By Jeremy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-19

For most graphic applications this computer is a compact little screamer. Only downside is number of ports. Would not buy at less than 16GB RAM or less than 1TB storage.

4.9 Stars

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-15

These computers are the most powerful machines on the market today, pound for pound, dollar for dollar and Watt for Watt. The only reason that I don't give 5 Full Stars, is because it comes with only 2 USB C ports and 2 USB A ports. These ports are all very fast, but there are not enough of them! I always am needing just one more USB A port.

Apple MacMini Runs Like the Wind

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-14

I am an audio scrubber - that is, I clean audio recordings from distracting noise. For this, I use Izotope, which has many modules dedicated to removing particular types of noise, such as mouth clicks. Problem was that my Core 2 Duo iMac is way to slow for this module and others. It takes about a minute to compute a 1-second preview of the mouth-declicker. By that time I'd forget how the preceding cycle sounded. Moreover, I had a particularly challenging project due shortly. The MiniMac, like the cavalry, arrived just in time! The migration of the iMac's system took perhaps half an hour and most of the software, including Izotope, worked right from the bat. I hooked a 10-port USB hub up to one of the 2 USB-3 ports to attach my audio peripherals and that, too, worked seamlessly. I could get to work within less than 2 hours from opening the box. What had taken a minute to compute on the iMac now took only a few milliseconds. The project was delivered on time and there was not a mouth-click left in it!

Crashes Running iMovie, GarageBand, etc.

By Matt
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-09

Not impressed. Just a web surfer.

Couldn't be happier.

By Ted
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-08

This is the first brand new computer I've purchased in my life and I'm so glad I did. This thing is lightening fast and quiet. I'm planning on this baby lasting me many years and serving me well. B&H have been awesome. So happy I went with them for purchase.

It working perfectly!!

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-01

I have had my M1 Mac mini for a few weeks now and it been flawless. B&H did awesome with the shipping and customer service

Excellent computer

By Carlos Gustavo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-20

The Mac mini M1 is all the I expected. Small, light, fast. The lack of more USB A ports and the problems with USB C drivers (operating system limitation) is something that you need to know, but for the needs that I have, it behaves beautifully. It is absolutely silent, although it has a fan that may kick in when it is need, but even in that moment, it is only a whisper.

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