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The new M1 based Apple Mac Mini as a developer machine – tempting 💰

The Apple M1 chip takes our most versatile, do-it-all desktop into another dimension. With up to 3x faster CPU performance. Up to 6x faster graphics. And our most advanced
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Like many of us work from home has become the new norm, so my (perfectly capable) primary development machine, a MacBook Pro, has become a desktop machine and rarely unplugged from the mains. So a desktop based machine may be on the cards going forward, traditionally better value, better cooling (runs faster) and better expansion.

The new M1 (Apple Silicon) based Mac Mini is probably not targeted at me, the more powerful ‘pro’ machines are a while off yet – but these (not yet validated) Geekbench scores are tempting me, 60% + performance differences in what’s effectively a middle of the road home user spec!

My current primary machine the 2018 i7 MacBook Pro vs the latest M1 powered Mac Mini

The sensible thing to do would be to hold on for the Pro chips – let’s see if I make it 🙂