Apple Unveils New Mac mini

Apple Unveils New Mac miniApple announced a new, faster Mac mini during a press event on Tuesday. This announcement came out of a mass of rumors surrounding a possible upgrade that have swarmed the Web over the past two months.

The new Mac mini looks exactly like the last edition, with a slight bump in processor speed, graphics, and storage options. Perhaps the most important update for the budget Mac is the introduction of quad-core i7 ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors.

One thing you don’t see in the Mac mini is the hybrid drive, which Apple paired with the newly announced iMac update. You do get the ability to choose between standard hard disk drives or a solid-state drive of up to 256 GB in capacity.

Here’s a look at some of the specs available on the new Mac mini.

  • Wireless: 802.11n / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD or 256 GB SSD
  • Processor: Dual or Quad-Core i5 or i7 ‘Ivy Bridge’
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Energy Star 5.2 compliant
  • Memory: Up to 16 GB
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • FireWire 800
  • Thunderbolt
  • 4x USB 3.0
  • SD Card Slot
  • Audio In/Out Ports
  • Server Edition Available at $999
  • Starts at $599

The Mac mini is not only a decent choice for folks on a budget who still want to take advantage of OS X, but it’s also become a popular choice for servers. A server version of the Mac mini is available at $999, which includes: OS X Server Edition, 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, two 1 TB 5400-rpm hard drives (up to 256 GB SSD optional), and no optical drive.

Apple boasts the latest edition of the Mac mini as being twice as fast as the previous generation. Real-world tests rarely agree with these claims, though the ability to throw a quad-core i7 Processor in it would certainly translate to clear performance gains for existing users. I’ve had no problem editing HD video on a Mac mini, and would expect its performance to echo that of the newly announced 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina.

Are you going to pick up one of the new Mac minis?

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  • CoryChass

    If I had the money. I like the Mini line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanhirt Jonathan Hirt

    Wow that’s nice…I just bought a MacBook Pro last month…I still think a laptop is the best choice for me, but one of these would be sweet.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/gpowerf G.Power

    Nothing revolutionary here, but the Mini continues to be one of the coolest little desktop PCs out there.

    Will I pick one up? Maybe…

  • Thebian

    This looks exciting going to get the i7 version replace my Apple TV with this and hang this behind my large main TV, install Steam and enjoy lots of gaming! Also store all my HD movies etc.

  • Curtis Coburn

    I would have already bought a Mac Mini if I would have kept my monitor. Now that I have no monitor, and only Laptops, I didn’t want to spend another $300 on a good monitor. So, I waited. Mac Mini’s are great for beginners. It’s amazing that the Mac Mini is priced so well, compared with other computers out there. I would love to have one. Mainly because of how small they are, and the very little room that take up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000376707550 Brian Buckley

    Well then, these look like the upgrades that I waited out the last generation for so it looks good to me, Ill just need to check the limits of the graphic chip set (i know I should have been keeping more up to date on them but that is the cost of multiple focuses)