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Apple Mac mini gets a thorough redesign

When it comes to Apple's computing products, there are a few that seem to not get much attention. The Mac Pro is one of them, and the other is the Mac mini. Today, however, Apple is showing a little bit of love for its tiny little desktop machine.

The Mac mini is now sporting an all new design, which looks to be both flatter and wider. The body is now only 1" thick and is carved from a single piece of aluminum. On the bottom of the device is a circular access panel that allows you to gain access to the memory modules.

The Mac mini now sports either a 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM (up to 8GB is supported). Graphics duties are handled by an NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated GPU with 256MB of DDR3 memory.

Storage duties are handled by either a 320GB or 500GB SATA hard drive. An 8x slot-loading SuperDrive soldiers on for your DVD and CD media.

Port selection includes one Firewire 800 port, four USB 2.0 ports, GbE, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and an SD slot. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 802.11n.

“The sleek, aluminum Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design,” said Apple's Philip Schiller. “With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini.”

While Apple's new Mac mini is no doubt stylish, you will pay through the nose to get one. Pricing starts at a a whopping $699 (a $100 increase over the previous model) and it is available now from Apple.com.



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RE: Love the form factor, but shouldn't it be an i5?
By reader1 on 6/15/2010 11:27:37 AM , Rating: -1
Apple didn't raise the price, they just discontinued the $599 version. The previous $699 Mac Mini was selling well enough that Apple didn't see the need for a $599 version.


By fsardis on 6/15/2010 11:53:44 AM , Rating: 2
Except for one little problem: The entire Mac line is not selling well at all and the Mini sells the least of all since they started increasing the price. Let's face it, Apple is a gadget/toy maker, their main income is not from their desktops. Increasing the price on a piece of equipment that has 5 year old technology at its core is a bit ridiculous. The old was selling badly and the new one will sell just as badly.


By DEVGRU on 6/15/2010 12:38:44 PM , Rating: 5
Hey, they have to pay for the Foxconn workers wage increase somehow. Might as well stick it to all of their loyal sheeple, because they can. Baaaaaa.


By themaster08 on 6/15/2010 12:57:37 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
The previous $699 Mac Mini was selling well enough that Apple didn't see the need for a $599 version, because people like myself will buy one anyway regardless of the price.
Finished the sentence off for you, friend.


By roadhog1974 on 6/16/2010 11:31:42 PM , Rating: 2
I want one.
Don't want to spend that much though.

So don't have one.

Of course all companys sell their products for as much
as they think they can get.

Windows could certainly be sold cheaper.


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