Along with the newly updated MacBook Air, Apple also updated the diminutive desktop Mac mini with next generation Intel Core processors Sandy Bridge, new discrete graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port. The Mac mini is powered by the new Mac OS X Lion.

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With the new processor and graphics, the new Mac mini is said to deliver up to twice the processor and graphics performance of the previous generation, while still carries the same price tag starting at $600.

Available in three different configurations, customers can choose a Mac mini with: dual-core Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics, or a quad-core Intel Core i7 powered server configuration.

The new model does  Designed without an optical disc drive, Mac mini can access the optical drives on other PCs and Macs, and works with the MacBook AirĀ® SuperDriveĀ®. Configure-to-order options include up to 8 GBs of memory, a faster 7200 RPM hard drive and a 256GB solid state drive. According to Apple.

Pricing & Availability

  • The 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Mac mini with 2GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive starts at $600 (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 $800 (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 $1000 (US). Options include adding memory up to 8GB, two 750GB hard drives, or up to two 256GB solid state drives.
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