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Apple BTO Mac Mini: M1 8-Core w/ GPU, 16GB Unified RAM, 256GB SSD (Late 2020) EXPIRED

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  • Apple M1 8-Core Processor w/ 8-Core GPU Integrated Graphics
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax + Bluetooth 5
  • Ports:
    • 2x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1)
    • 2x Thunderbolt 3 / USB4 (Supports DisplayPort/HDMI/VGA and Power Delivery)
    • 1x HDMI 2.0
    • 1x Headphone Output
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wolverine88 asked this question on 01-06-2022 at 12:24 PM
01-06-2022 at 12:24 PM
The best guess is at the least a replacement for the higher end intel systems (i5/i7 versions). No one is certain if these m1s will go away to be replaced by Max/pro/m2 versions or not. On that basis i expect the newer versions to support more ram but also be considerably more- starting at 1k or so. So you won’t see sub500gb or 16gb storage/ram respectively but I expect they will cost considerably more.

I need to add. I’ve got this model and can’t seem to keep it asleep- I put it to sleep and it wakes up every few minutes. Any suggestions?
01-06-2022 at 12:24 PM
We don't. I was hoping for Oct '21, but it didn't happen. Now I'm hoping for March/April '22, and we'll see. If not then, Jun '22. If not then, Oct '22.

I ended up timing out, and picked up the (cheapest temporary option) $570 8gb/256gb from Costco during holiday sales, to hold me until they release the higher end mini's (or the "small" pro, if I can swing the price point).
Gorillabeard asked this question on 01-06-2022 at 10:03 AM
01-06-2022 at 10:03 AM
Yes you can but not without adapters. https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/how-connect-two-or-more-external-displays-apple-silicon-m1-mac-3799794/
spiderhead asked this question on 01-06-2022 at 10:01 AM
01-07-2022 at 05:12 AM
BTO means "Build to Order". Here is Apple policy:
https://store.apple.com/Catalog/HongKong/Images/salespoliciesres.html
bigpiclad asked this question on 01-06-2022 at 03:36 PM
jinxxxx asked this question on 01-07-2022 at 01:22 PM

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#31
no bt issues here, i have 5 mini models and the entire bt issue went away with the last 2 models. i remember those bt issues but that was 10 years ago.

he's just trying to infect the conversation by keep bringing up old issues when there might be a problem or two remaining. it would be as if i dropped into every windows computer thread and started talking about blue screens.

and then there is the 'can't replace the memory' nonsense. "the memory is so fast and so powerful, it's the most powerful on the planet but i can't replace it with inferior memory so i don't want it." and then the follow up answer is no memory lasts forever so when your memory dies, the computer dies. lol lol lol
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So I'll be your huckleberry. You are absolutely right. It does have problems with Bluetooth. That said its still hands down the best bang for the buck in desktop computing as my basic M1 Mini w/512GB NVME & 8GB ram is faster for practically anything you can throw at it vs my Intel NUC 8th gen i7 w/Samsung 970 1TB NVME and 64GB of Samsung ram. The M1 mini absolutely smokes it.. and its completely silent.

So how did I fix the Bluetooth issue? I bought a Logitech MX Keys wireless keyboard and the matching MX3 Master wireless mouse. https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Master-Advanced-Wireless-Mouse/dp/B09GW4B6WR/ [amazon.com]

They can connect via Bluetooth OR more importantly to the Logitech Unifying Reciever. Which is a USB dongle that plugs into your device and uses its own proprietary wireless protocol (probably some other form of Bluetooth). The best part is you don't have to pay extra for this receiver, as it's already included with each of the wireless Logitech devices.

https://www.logitech.com/en-us/pr...05235.html

Since the M1 Mini does NOT come with a mouse & keyboard and the MX Keys & MX3 Master mouse are both rated best in class they were purchases I intended on making anyway. With the USB dongle plugged into the M1 Mac Mini and having used the Logitech wireless products for almost a year now, I have NEVER experienced a disconnect between the keyboard & mouse and computer.

This is a really easy and satisfying solution. Since I had two USB dongles (one came with each Logitech device), I plugged the other Unifying Reciever dongle into the NUCi7 computer running Windows. I also keep my iPad on my desk and now have it programmed as the 3rd device for the Logitech Keyboard & Mouse combo. Been using this setup for a year now and it NEVER disconnects for any of the 3 devices (M1 Mini, NUCi7, iPad 8th Gen). Definitely give it a try!
While I don't doubt this solution will work (both keyboard and mouse are excellent) - it should not be an expectation of anyone to have to buy additional hardware in order to get this to work if one were to already have a set at the ready and just happens to be bluetooth only. This is especially given how the bundle you linked is $200 and maybe $80 for each on a sale.

My 2014 mini doesn't give me the headaches the m1 variant does with peripheral connectivity, and we shouldn't have to be eating up extra ports on top of shelling out more money to work around this issue.

I'd say try getting a bluetooth adapter and see if that resolves the problem (works for many, not for a few).
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#33
Quote from Older Geek :
My family has three. All with Apple keyboards. Two with mice. One with a track pad.

The keyboards have no issues. The mice have intermittent issues. The track pad is now hard wired as it had too many issues.

Placing anything electronic between or in close proximity to the mouse and the base computer causes interference issues: a dongle, splitter, cell phone, cordless house phone, watch charger with watch etc.

Apple should disclose the issue.

Keep the base unit within 18 inches of the keyboard and mouse/trackpad. Keep anything that might interfere with bluetooth more than 18 inches away from the base unit and the input devices. Then, you are fine.
It's because most of the device you mention work on 2.4GHz. If you have too many in the same band you will have interference.
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How are ppl supposed to complain when they include 16GB of RAM? Outrageous.
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This is a great deal. I recently purchased this unit for $765 open box and its fantastic. I haven't had an issue yet including 3rd party wireless mice and keyboards.
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Quote from uthorns1976 :
BTO...Bachman Turner Overdrive??
I was curious and looked it up: BTO = build-to-order, now called CTO (configure to order). Seems to refer to anything other than the standard CPU/memory/storage configurations (anything you would customize during checkout at apple).
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I'd recommend to use apple mouse keyboard. Apple's stuff works best in its own eco system. Saving you lots of trouble.

I bought majic keyboard with fingerprint, flawless so far.
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#38
M1 seems very tempting, but I decided to wait for the next gen of M1 if any. Anyone knows when the next gen M1 will be released? Intel and AMD roll out their new gen of CPU pretty fast, will Apple keep up?
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It is documented on a lot of places online. Surprising to see it not mentioned anywhere
I had an issue on two M1 laptops (one personal, one work) with my Apple Magic Mouse not being recognized after sleep, which was finally resolved with OS 12.1. Not sure if that's the same software issue that was plaguing you, but if so, it's been resolved.
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Here's everyone's chance that complain that 16gb ram sku never is on sale
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Got one with the gift cards purchased using Paypal . Had to call in to complete the order to use multiple gift cards
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M1 seems very tempting, but I decided to wait for the next gen of M1 if any. Anyone knows when the next gen M1 will be released? Intel and AMD roll out their new gen of CPU pretty fast, will Apple keep up?
M2 will be arriving this year, most likely Q2.

Also, what's their to keep up with? Apple is on top of the game with the M1; even with the new Intel/AMD processors. Intel's 12900HK hasn't been tested or reviewed yet, so I don't trust a word they say, and its going to draw way more power regardless.
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Quote from adamant :
I was curious and looked it up: BTO = build-to-order, now called CTO (configure to order). Seems to refer to anything other than the standard CPU/memory/storage configurations (anything you would customize during checkout at apple).
BTO when they're already built and ready to ship.
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I am having an issue with my m1 which doesn't seem to want to stay asleep the screen turns on again. What could be waking it up all the time?
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No, any mouse/keyboard that requires its own wireless dongle adapter can and will be interfered with by a nearby/plugged into USB 3.0 port. That's why a lot of desktops and laptops still include some USB 2.0 ports that are seperated or aways away from the USB 3.0 ports. With the Mac mini's design, it's just kind of impossible, at least with their design perspective. What you can do, to probably solve this issue in the future is to buy an USB extension cable so that the wireless adapter is located further away from USB 3.0 port itself. Bluetooth also uses 2.4Ghz and causes interference. If I disable BT on my iPhone while downloading my dashcam's footage over ad-hoc wifi, the speed will be 2-3x faster.

https://old.reddit.com/r/technolo...ence_that/

Also, I'm not downplaying your issue, as I know the Wi-Fi and BT in the M1 Air isn't the best, but hasn't been an issue for me either in over nine months of usage. But then again, Apple's Wi-Fi network stack has been getting worse for years, ever since they killed off their Airport routers. The Wi-Fi is even buggy on iOS devices.
+1 for the USB extension. I would suggest you go one step further and get an extension that can reach the keyboard and tape the dongle right to the side so the wireless signal doesn't have far to go and nothing can interfere. You may want to tape a string between your wireless mouse and keyboard so that it never gets too far from the dongle either.
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