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AWS adds Mac Mini to its cloud for Apple developers

Amazon announced today in its re:Invent conference adding Mac Mini Instances to AWS cloud platform for developers to build and test machines for any App based on Apple ecosystem of devices. Amazon named the instance EC2 Mac which uses actual Mac Mini powered by Intel i7 6-core  (Coffee Lake) processor running at 3.2 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 4.6 GHz alongside 32GB of RAM. However, these Mac Mini based instances are available for previews with not so affordable price tags.

Amazon also plans to add Apple Silicon-based Macs on its cloud service within the first half of 2021, as reported by TechCrunch. Amazon Web Services bridges the Mac Mini to its Nitro System to boost network and storage access. Allowing developers to attach AWS block storage over these instances. 

“Powered by Mac Mini hardware and the AWS Nitro System, you can use Amazon EC2 Mac instances to build, test, package, and sign Xcode applications for the Apple platform including macOS, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, and Safari,” wrote Amazon evangelist Jeff Barr in a blog post.

The primary subscribers of this service will be developers needing an Apple Software environment based on cloud to build and testing their Mac and iOS apps. Moreover, these EC2 Mac instances use stock Apple Mac Mini without any modifications installed into racks on service sledges. Users will get full access to the virtualized instance which isn't shared across other users. The service will cost around $1.083 on per hour costing around $26 for 24 hours to get started initially. The billing will be done of the second similar other instance offered by the company.

"We’re generally talking about $60 or less per month for their entry-level offerings and around two to three times as much for a comparable i7 machine with 32GB of RAM", said one of the company's executives.

From today, the preview service of these Mac Mini based instances are available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) with other regions coming soon to the table.