Apple's new Mac Mini goes on sale in SA - and it's much cheaper than the previous model
- Apple fans in South Africa can now pre-order the new Mac Mini, which is powered by Apple’s own M1 chip.
- The new Mac Mini is a full R4,000 cheaper than the original price of the previous modle.
- And Apple says the new Mac Mini is three times faster than the prior model.
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Apple has released the prices for its new Mac Mini for South Africa – and the new version (with its own new M1 chip) is much cheaper than the previous model.
The Mac Mini is a small desktop computer that is shipped without an accompanying screen, keyboard or mouse.
Starting at R13,999 in South Africa, the new Mac Mini (256GB) is R4,000 less than the original price of the previous model. The 512GB version sells for R17,999 – the previous model originally cost R24,499.
Despite the lower price tag, Apple says the new version of the Mac Mini will be more powerful than ever before with the new M1 chip.
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Specifically, Apple says the new Mac Mini is three times faster than the prior model.
Last week, Apple introduced the M1, its first Mac chip designed in-house
"It makes these Macs extraordinarily faster," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a livestreamed announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
It's capable of "dramatically accelerating demanding workloads, from compiling a million lines of code to building enormous multitrack music projects," Apple says. The new M1 chip at the heart of the new Mac Mini combines computational processing with graphics processing and memory, and is the first in-house silicon made by Apple.
Beyond speed increases, the M1 is said to decrease how hot the Mac Mini gets when processing complex tasks like music production.
South Africans can now pre-order the Mac Mini on the iStore site.
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