M1 Mac mini instances now generally available in Amazon AWS cloud service

Mac mini with M1 chip

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Amazon Web Services has announced that its M1 Mac mini cloud computing instances are out of preview and are currently generally available to customers.

Following a preview in December 2021, AWS is now making the M1 Mac mini instances live for all users. According to Amazon, the new instances provide up to 60% better price performance than Intel Mac mini instances.

The AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service lets users run on-demand macOS workflows in the cloud. Each instance is a dedicated Mac mini attached via Thunderbolt to the AWS Nitro System, and users can choose between macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey as operating systems.

Amazon says that its Mac instances carry a number of benefits for developers, including reducing costs and allowing for quick rearchitecting and testing for Apple Silicon.

The cloud computing giant first added Intel-based Mac mini instances to its service in December 2020.