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Reviewed on 26 May 2021Published on 26 May 2021

Scaleway Apple silicon M1 as-a-Service is built using the latest generation of Apple Mac mini hardware (fifth generation). They are powered by Apple’s M1 silicon and also equipped with a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM for towering performances and revolutionary power efficiency.

Apple silicon M1 as-a-Service is designed for developing, building, testing, and signing applications for Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and much more. Mac mini M1 uses an advanced neural engine for up to 15x faster machine learning. Currently all our Mac minis are running the latest macOS: Big Sur 11.1.

Requirements:

How to create a Mac mini M1

Important:

Due to license constraints, the minimum lease for Apple silicon M1 as-a-Service is 24 hours. As a result, a Mac mini M1 can only be deleted after 24 hours have passed from when you initiated the lease.

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Compute section of the side menu. The Apple silicon M1 as-a-Service creation page displays.

  2. Click Create a Mac mini M1. The Mac mini M1 creation wizard displays.

  3. Complete the following steps in the wizard:

    • Choose an Availability Zone, which is the geographical region where your Mac mini M1 will be deployed.
    • Choose the macOS version you want to run on the Mac mini M1.
    • Select the hardware configuration for your Mac mini M1.
    • Enter a Name for your Mac mini M1, or leave the randomly-generated name in place.
    • Verify the Estimated Cost for your Mac mini M1, based on the specifications you chose.
  4. Click Create a Mac mini M1 to finish. The installation of your Apple silicon M1 as-a-Service is launched, and you are informed when it is ready.

How to connect to your Mac mini M1

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 to transfer local keyboard and mouse events to the remote computer by using a network connection.

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Compute section of the side menu. A list of your Mac mini M1s displays.

  2. Click the Mac mini M1 you want to connect to. Your Mac mini M1 Overview displays.

  3. Click the VNC button to launch a VNC session on your Mac mini M1.

    Your VNC client opens and you can log in the graphical environment of macOS using the default user m1 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 just as if you were using your Mac mini M1 locally.

How to connect via SSH

You can also connect directly to the terminal of your Mac mini M1 using the SSH protocol and your SSH key.

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Compute section of the side menu. A list of your Mac mini M1s displays.

  2. Click the Mac mini M1 you want to connect to. Your Mac mini M1 Overview displays. You can find your SSH connection information here, under “SSH command”.

See how to connect to an instance for more help with connecting via SSH.

Note:

The default user to connect to your Mac mini M1 is called m1. The SSH command to connect is ssh m1@<your_mac_mini_m1_ip>.

How to delete a Mac mini M1

  1. Click Apple silicon in the Compute section of the side menu. A list of your Mac mini M1s displays.

  2. Click «See more Icon» next to the Mac mini M1 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 this Mac mini M1

You are returned to the list of your Mac mini M1s, 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.