Well, the rumors were right folks, Apple released OS X Lion, updated the Macbook Airs, and updated the Mac Minis as well. Head to the Mac App Store to download Lion for $29.99 and get the other goodies online or at your nearest Apple Store.
9to5Mac appears to have been right-on with their spec rumors. The new MacbookAirs and MacMinis appear with the specs below.
- Mac mini Base model: 2.3GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM, and 500GB of storage
- Mac mini: 2.5GHz CPU with 4GB of RAM, and, 500GB of storage
- Mac mini server: 2.0GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, and two 500GB hard drives
- MacBook Air 11″: Base model: 1.6GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage
- MacBook Air 11″: 1.6GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage
- MacBook Air 11″: Built to order model: 1.8GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage
- MacBook Air 13″: Base model: 1.7GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage
- MacBook Air 13″: 1.7GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, 256GB of storage
- MacBook Air 13″: Built to order: 1.8GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, 256GB of storage
It appears the only difference between the lower-end MBA's and higher-end models is the 13" utlizes the extra space by adding and SD slot as well as the 13" model having a longer rated battery life, 7 hours versus the 11" model's 5 hours.
The new Mac Minis come in three flavors as well all sporting i5 or i7 processors, with ram upgradeable to 8gb and a litany of HDD options including dual 256GB SSD options and dual 750gb 7200rpm HDD options for the $999 server edition. All three versions sport Thunderbolt ports as well.
Note all of the Mac Minis and MBAs sport Intel's integrated graphics solutions. Guh, at least Apple supports Thunderbolt across the board now. Looks like a new I/O is here to stay. Eat your heart out USB 3.0.