Apple updates its Mac mini compact-sized computer with newest Intel Core processor and the new Mac OS X Lion. The new mini also packs new dedicated graphics card and the Thunderbolt I/O interface. The Mac mini measures just 7.7-inches square and 1.4-inches thin and has an aluminum design. It can be powered by Core i5 or Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor, up to 8GB memory and AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics.
The new Mac mini supports the Thunderbolt I/O technology for high-speed data transfer and Apple’s new Thunderbolt Display. It supports Bluetooth and WiFi. Max OS X Lion is pre-loaded. Three different configurations are available and users can add memory, better hard drive or SSD when they purchase.
- The 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Mac mini with 2GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive starts at a suggested retail price of $599 (US), with options to add memory up to 8GB and a 750GB hard drive.
- The 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Mac mini with 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive starts at a suggested retail price of $799 (US), with options to upgrade to a 2.7GHz dual-core Core i7 processor, up to 8GB of memory, and a 750GB hard drive with an option to add or replace with a 256GB solid state drive.
- The 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Mac mini with Lion Server, 4GB of memory and dual 500GB hard drives starts at a suggested retail price of $999 (US). Options include adding memory up to 8GB, two 750GB hard drives, or up to two 256GB solid state drives.