After today’s press Event, Apple quietly added the 10Gb Ethernet option as a $100 upgrade. That option first became available when Apple updated the Mac mini in 2018. When Apple announced its M1-based Mac mini along with its first Macs with Apple Silicon, that option initially wasn’t available. With the return of the 10Gb Ethernet option, that feature is no longer exclusive to the Intel-based Mac minis, which Apple still sells.
If you’re looking to configure 10Gb Ethernet on the colorful M1-based iMac, you’re out of luck. The new iMac offers only Gigabit Ethernet. Also, the base iMac model won’t include Ethernet standard though you can configure it as an option. The higher configurations include Ethernet. The Ethernet port is not located on the iMac itself, but on its power adapter. This can be a smart move that Apple makes since that reduces clutter. With the eternal power brick, there’s less risk of electrical damage.
The new option for the Mac mini is available to configure today. What do you think about the return of 10Gb Ethernet on the Mac mini? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @Appleosophy.