Mac mini (late 2020) specifications, pictures, and price

Yesterday Apple presented its new Mac models with the M1 chip and macOS Big Sur. The first computers with the ARM SoC called “Apple Silicon” include a new MacBook Air and a new MacBook Pro as well as the Mac mini described below. The desktop computer in compact format brings up to 8 times more performance to the desk thanks to the 3-core CPU. The graphics performance should also convince, since the graphics unit (GPU) also has 8 cores. In the following I have compiled further technical data of the Mac mini 2020 as well as pictures and the prices. 

Apple Mac mini 2020: Technical data, pictures and the price can be found in this post. And a comparison with the Mac mini 2018 in terms of connections and performance thanks to the M1 ARM chip (Apple Silicon).
Apple Mac mini 2020: Technical data, pictures and the price can be found in this article. And a comparison with the Mac mini 2018 in terms of connections and performance thanks to the M1 ARM chip (Apple silicon).

Mac mini (late 2020) specifications

Depending on the equipment selected (and thus the rising price), the Mac mini has different specs. In the following list I have listed the various options for the variable points. Details on the costs can be found below.

  • Manufacturer: Apple
  • Model: Mac mini, late 2020
  • Device type: desktop computer
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 3,6 cm x 19,7 cm x 19,7 cm
  • Weight: 1,2 kg (may vary depending on the equipment)
  • System on chip: M1
  • M1 processor (CPU): 8-core CPU with 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores
  • M1 graphics processor (GPU): 8-core GPU
  • RAM: 8 GB or 16 GB
  • Internal SSD storage: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB
  • Operating system: macOS 11.0 Big Sur
  • Connections: 1 x Ethernet, 2 x Thunderbolt with USB 4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x USB-A (USB 3.1), 1 x 3,5 mm jack, 1 x power supply
  • Video output: Simultaneously a display with 6K and 60 fps via Thunderbolt and a display with 4K and 60 fps via HDMI 2.0
  • Audio output: Via the integrated loudspeaker, HDMI or the headphone connection
  • Wireless technology: Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ax WLAN 6, which is compatible with with IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
  • Scope of delivery: Mac mini, power cord

Compare Mac mini 2020 and Mac mini 2018

At first glance, when comparing the current and the new Apple Mac mini, one thing stands out: the 2018 model there were four instead of two Thunderbolt ports. Otherwise, a lot has remained the same visually and in terms of the physical interfaces. The dimensions and weight are also roughly the same. But the most important thing is what the computer has under the hood. In the official press release Apple's new Mac models are compared with the M1 chip as follows:

  • Compile code in Xcode up to 3 times faster.
  • Play graphics-intensive games like "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" with up to 4 times higher frame rates.
  • A complex timeline in Final Cut Pro render up to 6 times faster.
  • Take music production to a whole new level in Logic Pro with up to 3 times as many real-time plug-ins.
  • Increase the resolution of a photo in Pixelmator Pro up to 15 times faster.
  • Use ML frameworks such as TensorFlow or Create ML, which are now accelerated by the M1 chip.

Mac mini 2020 prices for various features

As usual, the price of an Apple device depends on selectable elements such as the RAM, the internal SSD storage and so on. In the following I have put the individual variations and the associated price of the Apple Mac mini 2020 into a table. I disregarded the software that you can choose when buying (Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X).

random access memory SSD storage Price
8 GB RAM 256 GB 778,85 €
512 GB 1.003,05 €
1 TB 1.227,25 €
2 TB 1.675,65 €
16 GB RAM 256 GB 1.003,05 €
512 GB 1.227,25 €
1 TB 1.451,45 €
2 TB 1.899,85 €

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4 Responses to “Mac mini (late 2020) – specifications, pictures and price”

  1. Good afternoon, I wanted to ask whether older iMACs and iBooks can also be used / connected to the new Mac Mini 2020 with M1 processors as external monitors (El Capitan / 2010-2012).

    1. Hello Kamy! That's a good question ... I've heard both from other readers. Both that it works and that it doesn't work. I think you have to try it ...

  2. Hello Jens, thank you very much for the quick answer! Since I am assuming that the M1 MiniMac generation is definitely a big leap forward thanks to the new processor technology, I will first try renting instead of buying and then I will test it ... Happy Holidays! Kamy

    1. Hello Kamy! Then of course I would be very interested in whether you can get it to work and, above all, with which cable. : D Happy Holidays to you too!

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