Apple announced an update to the Mac mini. The base model starts at $599 and includes a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 "Ivy Bridge" processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. Also included is an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. The storage is expandable to a 1TB hard drive or a 256GB solid state drive, and memory is expandable to 16GB. This is a minor update over the previous model, which started with a 2.3GHz "Sandy Bridge" processor, 2GB of memory, and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor.
Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Thats an old picture isent it? If not i swear to god i saw it on apple yesterday.
This is definitely more than a minor update. 16gb of ram, fusion drive, and quad i7 2.6 make this a debate between the sexy imac for a powerful work computer on a budget. Wish you could configure an imac to price compare even though they wont be out for another month.
My mid 2011 mini has been running on 16GB of RAM almost since I got it. I don't see why Apple offering it is a big deal. "Hooray! 16GB of RAM for triple the cost of a DIY upgrade!" I'm more concerned over the lack of discrete GPU. How's the intel 4000 do for performance?
is it possible to upgrade the hdd after purchase? does this void the waranty? memory upgrade seems like no big deal... considering, but once you configure with larger hdd, i7, you are approaching 800-900 USD, which seems pricey for a small box...
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