What you need to know
- Scaleway is offering an M1 Mac mini for just €0.10 per hour.
French cloud computing company Scaleway is now offering developers and others the chance to use a remote M1-powered Mac mini for €0.10 ($0.12) per hour. The company says it is the first to offer such a service in Europe, but that anyone, anywhere, can sign up to use the machines.
Living in a former nuclear bunker 25 meters underground, the M1 Mac minis offered all benefit from the kind of things you'd expect from a machine living in a cloud providers data center That includes super-fast network access and "24x7 Mac fanboy support."
Scaleway says that one of the biggest benefits of the new M1 Mac mini is its reduced power usage, given the company's focus on "an innovative and holistic approach toward sustainable energy consumption."
All of the Mac minis come with macOS Big Sur 11.2 and Xcode 12.4 installed out of the gate with VNC, SSH, and more already enabled.
You can find out more, and bag your own Mac mini, over on the Scaleway website right now. While these things are designed for developers who want to be able to offload Xcode builds, they can theoretically be used by anyone – whether you're running complex calculations or just need to be able to edit video on something more powerful than your MacBook Air.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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