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Apple Mac Mini 2018: An Amazing Computer But No Thank You

Usman Ali Ramay

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Mac Mini used to be the budget friendly Mac everyone loved and could afford and then all of a sudden, Apple just stopped making them. The company kept us distracted with it’s iOS devices and the Watches and the like but those of us who couldn’t afford a Mac anymore, remembered the little helper. Four years it took Apple to bring the team back-in to build a new Mac Mini and boy did they do a wonderful job. When it was introduced in October, we simply smiled with teary eyes for our beloved Mini had returned. The beautiful Space Grey color, metal body just made everyone super excited. Well it is available now and here’s how I feel about this amazing machine.

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The brand new chassis fits the new born no doubt and Apple has kept it up with the modern times which we all appreciate. And the outside is not some smoking mirror thing either, the I/O is stacked as well. I mean just 4 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports alone can get your groove on but these are accompanies by USB 3.0 x 2, Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0 (not that you need it but still), power button and for the love of music, a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Literally everything is around the back and the rest of the device is clean and smooth.

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Mac Mini I/O

Thunder Bolt 3 provides some serious options and possibilities. Transfer data at up to 40Gb/s. plus charge and power external devices, connect up to two 4K displays and even a third with the HDMI 2.0 or if you are not satisfied then one 5K display. These ports can also come in handy in case you wanna attach an external GPU for some high class graphics intensive stuff. New Mac Mini can also be configured with 10Gb Ethernet so files can be transferred with a blink of an eye.

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Mac Mini Internals

The externals are awesome for sure but the internals matter a bit more (understatement of the year). New 8th Gen 6-core and Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with up to 4.6GHz Turbo Boost bring some serious horsepower to this small machine. Faster 2666MHz DDR4 RAM available from 8GB to 64GB. Up to 2TB PCIe SSD Storage is available with up to 4 times faster read speed and 3.4 GB/s of sequential read speed. And to keep all of these components working at a claimed 70% MSP (Maximum Sustained Power), there is an all-new thermal system within the same enclosure with bigger fan with 2 times increased airflow and expanded vents and redesigned power supply to accommodate it all.

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Apple Mac Mini 2018 Dimensions

There area few caveats though and they stack up as we list them all. You cannot upgrade your storage but that is true to every other Mac device, you can however upgrade RAM all by yourself. The device tends to be slow in terms of GPU performance but it’s CPU works well above it’s pay grade. 10 Gigabit Ethernet port is not standard but the upgrade is only $100 which is so worth it. The box only contains the power cable and the Mac itself so no keyboard and mouse but the good news is that given it’s amazing I/O, 3rd party accessories can be used with a much cheaper price although not many 3rd party Mac Keyboards and Mice are available in the market but if you want a true Mac experience, the Apple accessories are always recommended.

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Mac Mini and Blackmagic eGPU Pro

Now let’s talk about stuff that doesn’t have a bright side. The SD card slot is gone which is a huge bummer for those silly photographers and creatives who used to data swap like it was nothing and took it for granted, now you are going to buy a, oh God I am going to hurl, a dongle. The IR sensor is gone, so no more using your Mac Mini with the home theater setup. An external GPU like the Blackmagic eGPU Pro, is a must for a decent graphics intensive task like gaming, video editing, photography etc. The PC runs hot, and I mean 100+ degrees hot which is not good and on top of that the fan is so quiet that you might not notice it and might end up damaging the internal with long periods of usage.

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Apple Mac Mini 2018 Setup

The biggest issue of them all is the configuration options which make the price of this affordable Mac jump to a different bracket. The base model with a Quad-Core processor and 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD goes for $799 which makes the price the only number attractive and the rest are smartphone specs. If you want the base model with 6-Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD then you are looking at $1099 price tag. And yes the latter is a much better option and if you are a basic user than this is a wonderful option for you but most people these days, especially Mac users happen to be creative kind; content creators, photographers, artists and the likes and the stuff they do require a bit more power and a bit more muscle. To make the Mini worth of average to above tasks, I went on the Apple website and configured a mid-ranged Mac Mini:

  • 3.0GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz)
  • 16GB 2666MHz DDR4
  • 512GB PCIe SSD storage
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet (Nbase-T Ethernet with support for 1Gb, 2.5Gb, 5Gb, and 10Gb Ethernet using RJ‑45 connector)
  • $1,599
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Now this is still not a bad number but you would be surprised to know how this is not the case. This price is only for the PC itself and to make it functional you’d require a mouse and a keyboard, and let’s not forget the elephant in the room; a monitor and if you happen to buy a 4K monitor than obviously the total sum you’ll end up spending would touch $2,000+. Sure there are after market accessories available and of course you can use an older monitor but the thing about owning a Mac PC is more than simply owning a machine. There’s a reason Mac people don’t say ‘I own a computer’ but instead they say ‘I own a Mac’. There is a sense of accomplishment and pride behind that statement and yes Windows users would call Apple users arrogant and whatnot but let’s face it, Macs are pretty, even if they are not ‘on’.

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Apple MacBook Air 2018

My judgment on this wonderful reboot is a sad one and as much as I want it to be what it used to be or what it’s supposed to be, alas it is not and that is, affordable. So sadly my verdict is ‘No’ to this computer and those of you who have bought it, I am happy for you but those of you who want to or thinking about buying it, just think about it for a second. To rest my case, I’d give you the best alternative instead of buying a Mac Mini: a MacBook Air 2018 and not just the base model too, read these specs and then decide;

  • 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 13″ Retina display
  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Intel UHD Graphics 617
  • Touch ID
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • $1799

If however, money is no object and you must have a desktop that is not an iMac then by all means buy this beautiful machine and make a custom setup of your own.

 

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Apple Music Beat 60 Million Paid Subscribers Worldwide

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In this post, We will discuss the ongoing achievement accomplished by Apple Music. Apple Music has been a major hit as far back as its official discharge, and its prosperity is in no mindset of backing off as indicated by the most recent report, Apple Music has accomplished one more achievement. As indicated by the report, Apple Music has hit 60 Million paying endorsers from everywhere throughout the world, and this accomplishment is remarkable. We have brought all the ongoing updates and data with respect to this issue, so here is all that you have to know.

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As per a report from 9To5Mac, this was uncovered by the Services VP of Apple, Eddy Cue. In an ongoing meeting with a French distribution named Numerama, he uncovered about Apple Music’s hitting the achievement. Back in January, Apple uncovered that the supporter rundown was at 50 million, and in simply a question of months, 10 million more included, which is a remarkable accomplishment they accomplished.

Swirl Cue likewise uncovered that they are continually chipping away at Apple Music and they’re attempting to make the experience of the supporters over all stages as incredible as could be expected under the circumstances. He likewise uncovered that he truly acknowledge Music in the present structure that it is, and he feels that with next discharge, the highlights of Apple Music can generally be idealized.

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He further uncovered, that in the Apple environment, Apple Music is the main music gushing administration. He said that he cherishes iTunes, in any case, Apple Music is better all around and they are continually anticipating improving the spilling administration than previously.

It will intrigue see what’s in store for the administration and whether it can cross the sign of Spotify.

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New Apple Macbook Air 2019 Could Launch in October with Cheapest Price

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A year ago, Apple increased its work and overhauled and refreshed the MacBook Air. They wound up making it more thing and light than previously. Mac held up over three years to refresh MacBook Air in 2018. Apple made some little updates in 2016 and 2017, at the same time, the processor was equivalent to the 2015 model. Things being what they are, presently the primary inquiry here is what will Apple leave MacBook Air as it for an additional three years?

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In the event that Apple considers refreshing the MacBook, they will in all probability update it in October 2019. Apple isn’t known to refresh things inside a year. Along these lines, a conceivable update may turn out in October 2019.

Quite possibly Apple may suspend the more seasoned MacBook Air, and it may decrease the cost of the £1,1999 model. In 2018, there were bits of gossip that the expense of MacBook Air would be under $1,000. However, that never occurred. The more seasoned MacBook began at $1,000, and Apple confronted extreme analysis over it.

With a conceivable drop in the cost, quite possibly their number of items sold will increment too. It will be open to more individuals. Chromebooks right now represent 60 percent of gadgets transportation to training. Along these lines, it will intrigue see what Apple choose. As I would like to think, Apple is only proceeding to dole out items at a bewildering cost. Individuals may anticipate that they should bring down the cost, at the same time, it will simply be the equivalent.

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Apple iOS 13: Here’s All Best Features of new iOS 13

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Apple iOS 13

Apple has at last revealed its very foreseen iOS 13 updates alongside tvOS13 and watchOS 6. The declaration was made during the progressing WWDC. The iOS 13, when contrasted with iOS 12, gets a great deal of new energizing highlights.

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Everything New in Apple iOS 13

  • Dull Mode

This thing has in the end advanced toward iOS. This new component gives applications and menus a delightful dull shading plan which is extremely satisfying to eyes and perfect for low-light conditions.

Dim Mode can be turned on and off naturally at some random time. It can likewise be turned on/off dependent on dawn and nightfall.

  • iOS 13 Dark Mode

On the off chance that you need to physically control the component, you can do likewise by visiting Control Center. Dull Mode has mixed totally in the working framework, from implicit applications to different settings.

  • All‑New Reminders App

The old updates application has been remade from the beginning currently accompanies an entire host of highlights in iOS 13 update. The new application accompanies shrewd records and convincing Siri joining.

  • New Keyboard

The essential iOS console has additionally experienced some critical number of changes and now bolsters the swipe to type include, which is fundamentally the same as Android console applications like Gboard and Swiftkey. You additionally get new sharing recommendations include.

  • Protection and Security

Apple puts a great deal of exertion into client Privacy, and something very similar has been finished concerning iOS 13. Presently you can let an application give your area authorization just once. You additionally get the alternative to “sign-in by means of Apple ID” while marking in on specific stages.

  1. The Photos and Camera application have likewise gotten a large number of new substance as far as usefulness and highlights. Presently you can alter recordings simply like you would alter photographs; Nearly everything can be changed.
  2. The iOS Keyboard presently underpins 22 Indian dialects with the Text-to-Speech highlight getting a voice with an Indian intonation.
  3. With the presentation on iOS 13, Apple asserts that their most current OS will lessen application sizes by up to half an application update sizes to be abbreviated by 60%.

With iOS 13, the iPhone and different iDevices will get noteworthy execution enhancements, quicker face open, diminished application stacking times, and significantly more. Clients would now be able to work their whole telephone by means of voice directions.

  • iOS 13 New Maps App

The freshest iOS variant will be accessible for iPhone 6s and later. Apple iOS 13 beta is as of now open for engineers, and the open beta will advance in July.

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