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Apple silicon - Quickstart

Reviewed on 22 November 2023Published on 26 May 2021

Scaleway Apple silicon as-a-Service uses Apple Mac mini hardware. These devices rely on the power of Apple’s silicon technology, ensuring exceptional performance and groundbreaking energy efficiency.

Apple silicon as-a-Service is tailored for developing, building, testing, and signing applications for Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and more. The Mac mini boasts a sophisticated neural engine that significantly enhances machine learning capabilities.

Security & Identity (IAM)

To perform certain actions described below, you must either be the Owner of the Organization in which the actions will be performed, or an IAM user with the necessary permissions.

Requirements
  • You have an account and are logged into the Scaleway console
  • You have created your SSH key and added it to your account

How to create a Mac mini

Important
  • Due to license constraints, the minimum lease for Apple silicon is 24 hours. As a result, the earliest you can delete a Mac mini is 24 hours after the start of its lease.
  • There is a limit of one Mac mini allowed per Organization per Availability Zone. For more information about available quotas, refer to our documentation on Organization quotas.
  1. Click Apple silicon in the Bare Metal section of the side menu. The Apple silicon creation page displays.
  2. Click Create Mac mini. The Mac mini creation wizard displays.
  3. Complete the following steps in the wizard:
    • Choose an Availability Zone, which is the geographical region where your Mac mini will be deployed.
    • Select the hardware configuration for your Mac mini.
    • Enter a Name for your Mac mini, or leave the randomly-generated name in place.
    • Verify the Estimated cost for your Mac mini based on your chosen specifications.
  4. Click Create Mac mini to finish. The installation of your Apple silicon is launched, and you are informed when it is ready.

How to connect to your Mac mini

How to connect via VNC

VNC is a remote desktop-sharing protocol. It allows you to visualize the graphical screen output of a remote computer and transfer local keyboard and mouse events to the remote computer using a network connection.

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Bare Metal section of the side menu. A list of your Mac minis displays.

  2. Click the Mac mini you want to connect to. Your Mac mini Overview displays.

  3. Click the VNC button to launch a VNC session on your Mac mini.

    Your VNC client opens, and you can log in the graphical environment of macOS using the default user and your password.

    Note

    macOS may ask you for your password once logged into the VNC session. Change the keyboard layout of macOS to your computer’s local keyboard layout before entering the password. Click on U.S. keyboard in the top right corner to display a list of all available keyboard layouts.

    You are now logged in and can launch applications as if you were using your Mac mini locally.

How to connect via SSH

You can also connect directly to the terminal of your Mac mini using the SSH protocol and your SSH key.

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Bare Metal section of the side menu. A list of your Mac minis displays.
  2. Click the Mac mini you want to connect to. Your Mac mini Overview displays. You can find your SSH connection information here, under SSH command.

Check out our documentation on how to connect to an Instance for more help with connecting via SSH.

Note

The default user to connect to your Mac mini is m1. The SSH command to connect is ssh m1@<your_mac_mini__ip>.

How to delete a Mac mini

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Bare Metal section of the side menu. A list of your Mac minis displays.
  2. Click «See more Icon» next to the Mac mini you want to delete, and select Delete from the drop-down menu. A pop-up asks you to confirm the action.
  3. Type DELETE and then click Delete Mac mini.

You are returned to the list of your Mac minis, where the machine you deleted no longer appears.

Note

Mac mini, macOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used by Apple under license. Scaleway is not affiliated with Apple Inc.

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