Apple has finally got around to upgrading their popular Mac mini. The tiny little Mac has languished without a decent hardware update for some time now and the announcement today came as a bit of a surprised to many Apple fans.
“People love Mac mini. It’s a great first Mac or an addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the latest CPU and graphics, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, OS X Yosemite, and starting at just $499, the new Mac mini is the best value ever.”
The new Mac mini now starts off at just $499 for a basic 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache model with 4GB of memory and goes up to a $999 version which ships with a 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and includes a 1TB fusion drive and 8GB of memory. The basic model also comes with Intel HD Graphics 5000, while the mid-range and top end Mac mini ship with Intel’s Iris Graphics for better performance.
All versions of the Mac mini now come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3 ports, HDMI and a SDXC card slot. Apple also called it the “World’s most energy efficient desktop”, though until we get hold of one, we will take this with a grain of salt. Just like the new iMac’s, the Mac mini is shipping today and will be available to buy in Apple stores tomorrow.