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October 23, 2012

Apple Set to Refresh Mac Mini Line

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

With all the hullabaloo surrounding the announcement of the iPad Mini, there has been little focus on a number of other Mac devices that are getting a bit of a line refresh. Among those items is the often forgotten, but not gone Mac Mini. The update to the device, which was announced yesterday, will bring the Mac Mini more in line with the rest of the computers that Apple (News - Alert) has out on the market. 

This is not the first time that the Mac Mini has gotten a bit of a refresh as the line also got an upgrade and an update back in 2010. The newest version of the Mac Mini will carry an MSRP starting at $599 and will come in three different styles. The first Mac Mini will boast 2.5 GHz Intel i5 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM (News - Alert), and a 500GB HDD. The second variation of the newly refreshed desk top has 2.3 GHz Intel i7 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 1TB HDD and third Mac Mini comes equipped with a 2.3 GHz Intel (News - Alert) i7 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 2 TB HDD and will be fully compatible with the Mac OS X Mountain Lion Server. 

Perhaps the best news surrounding these new Mac Minis is that they will be completely customizable so that if you want a faster processor and more memory you can mix and match to your heart’s content, with the caveat that you might be paying a bit more for your particular Mini. The computers will also have a host of different ports including gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, HDMI port, Thunderbolt port, four USB 3.0 ports, a SDXC card slot, audio in, and audio out. Apple says you can also upgrade the amount of RAM you have in the computer, from the usual 4GB all the way up to 16GB of RAM.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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