Apple Mac Mini specs, price and release date

23 Oct 2012

Apple’s smallest desktop PC gets a welcome performance boost

Apple has announced an updated version of its Mac Mini desktop line up at its highly anticipated launch event in San Jose. In a somewhat unexpected move, the refreshed model updates to the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors and a Thunderbolt I/O port.

Mac Mini internals

Although remaining with the same external chassis, the internals have been overhauled, with two base models launching today. The first will have a 2.5Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with a 500GB hard drive and the second will have a 2.3Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 1TB hard drive.

There will also be a server-grade model with a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and two 1TB hard drives. All versions will come with integrated HD Graphics 4000 and 4 GB RAM, as well as Mountain Lion, the latest version of Apple OS X.

Mac Mini ports

Other features include Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI out, FireWire 800 port, an SDXC card slot, and four USB 3.0 ports.

Mac Mini pricing

The refreshed models are available to order from the Apple website today, with prices starting from £499 for the Core i5 and £649 for the Core i7 respectively, with the server model starting from £849.

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