Cloud hosting company Scalway Today is adding a new type of example – the Mac Minis powered by Apple’s M1 chip. The New examples The cost is € 0.10 per hour, around $ 0.12 at today’s rate – a minimum commitment of 24 hours.
Scaleway is hosting those new computers at its DC4 data center in Paris – a former underground nuclear collapse shelter. Right now, MAC minis are not available at the company’s other data centers in Amsterdam or Warsaw.
When you boot a Mac Mini from the console, you get an entry-level Mac Mini with 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and macOS Big Sur. And yes, it uses Apple’s first arm-based chip, M1.
After that, you can connect to the instance using VNC – you will see the desktop environment and you will be able to use it like a normal Mac. If you only need a command line interface, you can connect directly to the instance using SSH.
Scaleway is not the first company to offer Mac Mini examples. Amazon Web Services Recently launched There are examples of their own Mac Mini, but they rely on Intel i7 CPUs and cost $ 1.083 – or $ 24 for $ 24 per hour. The company will launch M1 Minis at some point in the future.
There are also several Mac-centric hosting companies such as McStead, Mackincloud, McWeb and Mac Mini Vault. The M1-powered Mac Mini, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, currently costs $ 109 or € 109 per month on the MacStadium – slightly more expensive than the Scalway. If you place the Mac Mini example on the scaleway for 30 days, it costs € 72 (or $ 87 at today’s rate).
You can use Mac Server for development purposes and especially for continuous integration and delivery. An iOS app requires a Mac. You can’t just create an app on an Ubuntu server. So if you want to build your app on a server, you have to rent a Mac.
But you may have different use cases for Mac servers. You may want to use it to test your macOS app on Apple Silicon before releasing it. Or you want to play with M1.