Apple Quietly Releases Unibody Mac mini w/HDMI
Amid the hubbub of the iPhone 4 preorder and the news - first tipped by Kyle
- that you can get one in any color so long as it's black
, Apple slipped another change onto its online store. Computid, a MMi reader (and Craywiki
maintainer) in the UK noticed early this morning what Apple failed to publicize: the Mac mini
has gotten a speed bump, a sleek new aluminum unibody enclosure and an HDMI port
You can get the mini with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (instead of the 2.26 GHz P7550 on the previous model) or a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo which was previously available only as a build-to-order option. Both the CPUs have a 3MB shared L2 cache and a 1066Mhz frontside bus. The new model also has the NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics processor from the new MacBook, using 256MB of system memory, The standard model comes with 2GB of 1066MHz DD3 SDRAM, upgradeable to 8GB, and a 320GB or 500GB SATA hard drive and a slot-loading SuperDrive optical disc. The new Mac mini comes with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter in the box for legacy displays, and also has a mini DisplayPort connector supporting up to 2560x1600 video out.
The server version of the mini is the same as the previous model with the exception that it now comes by default with the 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo. Otherwise, it's what we come to expect: the optical disc bay used for for a second hard drive, callowing dual 500GB 7200rpm SATA drives, 4GB of RAM, pre-loaded with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.
The new Mac mini starts at $699 US and the server at $999.