Wednesday, October 31st 2018

Apple Launches All-New MacBook Air and Mac Mini

Apple today announced a slew of updates to there product lines including an all-new MacBook Air and Mac Mini. Starting with the MacBook Air, Apple has finally given the system a proper upgrade bringing it back to relevance after years of stagnation. These upgrades include a 13.3-inch Retina display, Intel's 8th generation Core i5 processor with UHD Graphics 617, up to 16 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3 and SSDs with capacities up to 1.5 TB. In terms of design, the shell is made of 100% recycled aluminum with the entire system weighing in at just 2.75 lbs compared to the outgoing models 2.96 lbs.

On top of the various hardware improvements, Apple has also included their Touch ID fingerprint sensor which is paired with their T2 chip for a secure login much the same as the current MacBook Pro. These two inclusions, along with the T2 chips ability to deliver on-the-fly data encryption makes the MacBook Air one of the most secure notebooks on the market according to Apple. However, one thing missing here is the Touch Bar, which will likely make more than a few users happy. The keyboard also gets upgraded to the same third generation with butterfly mechanism used on the MacBook Pro lineup.
In regards to connectivity, the MacBook Air has two USB-C / Thunderbolt ports which allow for an external 5K display or external graphics enclosure among other things. Don't worry unlike Apple's phones there is still a 3.5 mm headphone jack as well. The base model will come standard with a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB of system memory and a 128 GB SSD with a price tag of $1,199 with it being available for purchase now.

The all-new Mac mini gets some massive upgrades too, being configurable with either an Intel quad-core i3 or hexa-core i5 or i7 processors with integrated UHD Graphics 630. System memory ranges in capacity from 8 GB to 64 GB at 2666 MHz DDR4, meanwhile the included SSD storage comes in multiple capacities from 128 GB up to 2 TBs. When it comes to connectivity Apple didn't skimp either, including four USB-C / Thunderbolt ports which allow for external high-speed storage, 4K, and 5K displays. Rounding out the rest is two USB-A ports along with an audio jack, Gigabit Ethernet and an HDMI 2.0 port.
Made from the same recycled aluminum like the MacBook Air the base model Mac mini comes equipped with a 3.6 GHz Intel Core i3 quad-core, 8 GB 2666 MHz DDR4 and a 128 GB SSD for $799. Jumping up the i5 hexa-core will push that to $1099, while the i7 sees a further increase to $1299. The all-new Mac mini is available now. For a more in-depth look you can view the press release information in the sources below. Sources: Apple Mac mini, Apple MacBook Air
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25 Comments on Apple Launches All-New MacBook Air and Mac Mini

#1
lynx29
DDR3 memory in Apples latest macbook air eh? well i don't blame them for exploiting the sheep since the sheep keep buying it. lol.
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#2
Prima.Vera
Those specs... :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::kookoo::banghead:
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#3
WikiFM
"lynx29 said:
DDR3 memory in Apples latest macbook air eh? well i don't blame them for exploiting the sheep since the sheep keep buying it. lol.
Most be a typo, should be LPDDR4 instead of LPDDR3 right?
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#6
R0H1T
"WikiFM said:
My mistake, I thought it was Whiskey Lake not Amber Lake.
WHL U also doesn't support LPDDR4, in fact I don't think any core derivatives do. That is coming probably with 10nm, though some Atom variants may support LPDDR4 but I'm not 100% sure about that.
https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/cores/whiskey_lake_u
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#7
WikiFM
"R0H1T said:
WHL U also doesn't support LPDDR4, in fact I don't think any core derivatives do. That is coming probably with 10nm, though some Atom variants may support LPDDR4 but I'm not 100% sure about that.
https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/intel/cores/whiskey_lake_u
What? Why! Most smartphones nowadays use LPDDR4, why are laptops CPUs lagging behind here?
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#8
TheLostSwede
"WikiFM said:
What? Why! Most smartphones nowadays use LPDDR4, why are laptops CPUs lagging behind here?
Because most laptops supports DDR4L? Also LPDDR4 was designed for phones and tablets, not notebooks.
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#9
R0H1T
"TheLostSwede said:
Because most laptops supports DDR4L? Also LPDDR4 was designed for phones and tablets, not notebooks.
There's no ddr4l, unlike ddr3l or ddr3u ~ which were low voltage (or ULV) variants of DDR3.
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#11
silentbogo
LoL :roll:
Only Apple can sell you a glorified netbook for $1200.

"R0H1T said:
There's no ddr4l, unlike ddr3l or ddr3u ~ which were low voltage (or ULV) variants of DDR3.
Just like w/ DDR3 power packages there is regular DDR4 (1.2-1.35V), DDR4L (1.05-1.2V), and mobile LPDDR4(1.1V), LPDDR4x(0.6V).
The only difference is that DDR4L is not on the market yet (and no word on when to expect it). Spec itself was published almost 4 years ago.
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#12
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I hear a lot of complaining about DDR3 except that's likely keeping production costs down and makes the 16GB variant cheaper to produce. Also, do you really think that a mobile chip like what's in the air can actually take advantage of the additional bandwidth DDR4 provides (even more so when it's DDR3 2133Mhz.) For what the laptop is, the specs make sense, whether or not you agree with paying the Apple tax.

What intrigues me is the Mac Mini refresh. That's a lot of computer in a small form factor. Once again, ignoring whether or not you agree with paying the Apple tax.
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#13
StrayKAT
I waited for this?

Eh.. I should've known. Looks like I'll still be sticking with PCs.
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#14
MadsMagnus
I love how they are boasting that it is recycled aluminium. When, from my knowledge, recycled aluminium is CHEAPER than new...
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#15
silentbogo
"Aquinus said:
Also, do you really think that a mobile chip like what's in the air can actually take advantage of the additional bandwidth DDR4 provides (even more so when it's DDR3 2133Mhz.)
It can slightly boost the battery performance and partially reduce the heat output. Heck, even the last couple of generations of chromebooks get by with LPDDR4 just fine while still keeping the cost down to $300-400. The only exception is the latest MS Surface lineup, which also features LPDDR3 even with Kaby Lake R models.
To put it into perspective: an LPDDR3-1866 has about the same power draw as a regular DDR4, so it's definitely not the performance point, not the power saving benefit, but just the banal "cutting corners" with cheaper components (or,optimistically,using it as a workaround for DDR4 deficit).
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#16
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
The new Air is about $100 more than I was hoping but the specs look real nice. Great design and very nice screen for that size. Perfect for carrying around the office and since it is inside the walled garden I know it is going to work with everything else I own just fine. Also, since it isn't a Google product I know it isn't going to spy on me, and since it isn't a Microsoft product I know it isn't going to die on me in 2 years.
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#17
R0H1T
"silentbogo said:
LoL :roll:
Only Apple can sell you a glorified netbook for $1200.


Just like w/ DDR3 power packages there is regular DDR4 (1.2-1.35V), DDR4L (1.05-1.2V), and mobile LPDDR4(1.1V), LPDDR4x(0.6V).
The only difference is that DDR4L is not on the market yet (and no word on when to expect it). Spec itself was published almost 4 years ago.
So it's not even vaporware atm, good to know that it has published specs though. The reason IMO DDR4L never came out is because LPDDR4 was already the de facto standard in LP or ULV devices, especially smartphones. In case of DDR3L we had LPDDR3 come out very late in their life cycle otherwise it's possible that DDR3L may have had to face the same fate. IIRC lots of mobile SoC didn't support LPDDR3 till 2013/14 while support for LPDDR4 & LPDDR4x was far more widespread, especially considering Samsung was pushing the tech through their own (DRAM) products & phones.
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#18
king of swag187
That Mac Mini is going to be a big oof, it better have very good coolling/VRM's, otherwise look at the 6 core chips in the MBP/Most gaming laptops.
I'd still 100% take an Inwin Choppin+2400G system over this any day
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#19
StrayKAT
"king of swag187 said:
That Mac Mini is going to be a big oof, it better have very good coolling/VRM's, otherwise look at the 6 core chips in the MBP/Most gaming laptops.
I'd still 100% take an Inwin Choppin+2400G system over this any day
I've been interested in getting a Hades Canyon NUC... also a 6 core (with a Vega M). But it seems it works out OK (according to AnandTech). I would hope Apple can do as well.
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#20
GhostRyder
"Aquinus said:
What intrigues me is the Mac Mini refresh. That's a lot of computer in a small form factor. Once again, ignoring whether or not you agree with paying the Apple tax.
I agree, that is intriguing because I think the Mac mini is decent for what it is. Its also very stylish. Friend just bought one to use for developing on iOS (Cheapest mac available). My only complaint is the new 2018 ones also up the price on the base quite a lot.
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#21
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
"DeathtoGnomes said:
but can it play Crysis 3?
Intel HD 615. NOPE! Probably not even Crysis. And Crysis looks pretty terrible by today's standards.
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#22
king of swag187
"FordGT90Concept said:
Intel HD 615. NOPE! Probably not even Crysis. And Crysis looks pretty terrible by today's standards.
Crysis should run, albeit at console quality
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#23
Prima.Vera
Can you format the SSD and install Windows on that NUC?
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#24
StrayKAT
"Prima.Vera said:
Can you format the SSD and install Windows on that NUC?
Last I checked, you'll have to install Windows through Bootcamp app, which can only be configured from with Mac Os (there might be a "boot straight to Windows" option though. I forget). Firmware wise though, they're not typical PCs.
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#25
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
"Prima.Vera said:
Can you format the SSD and install Windows on that NUC?
Why? Part of the price you pay is for the OS...
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