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Apple Launches New Mac Mini, Shipping Today

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Apple is checking off the rumors at its event in San Francisco.

Apple already treated us to a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro earlier today, but the company made good on another rumor with the unveiling of a new Mac Mini. The new Mac Mini features the same aesthetic design as the last generation model but will get a huge bump in specs.

Based on a dual- or quad-core Core i5 or Core i7 CPU from Intel, it features up to 16 GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, and 256 GB of SSD storage or up to 1 TB of HDD storage. Pricing starts at $599 (2.5GHz with 500 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM) but Apple also talked about a server configuration of the Mac Mini, which will ship with two (count 'em!) 1 TB HDDs as well as a 2.3GHz Core i7 with 4GB of RAM.

The Mac Mini starts shipping today.

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    killerclick , October 23, 2012 6:11 PM
    Say what you want about iCrap, at least they're not pushing a smartphone UI on their computers.
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2012 6:22 PM
    I already have a Ipad mini, its called a Galaxy Note.
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    Spanky Deluxe , October 23, 2012 6:41 PM
    Unfortunately they've removed the discrete GPU option so it's a no go for me.
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    masterasia , October 23, 2012 6:57 PM
    Garbage. Who still uses spinning platter drives for boot nowadays? Who hoo...2 1TB drives. Welcome to 2007 Apple.
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    yialanliu , October 23, 2012 7:27 PM
    For a server, 2 1TB sounds okay to me and I think to most people...

    It's funny how people bash Apple but you have to give them credit for making SSD more mainstream. I mean prior to Apple, who really pushed mainstream SSD? You don't have to like Apple, but give credit where it is due.
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    Vladislaus , October 23, 2012 8:56 PM
    yialanliuIt's funny how people bash Apple but you have to give them credit for making SSD more mainstream. I mean prior to Apple, who really pushed mainstream SSD? You don't have to like Apple, but give credit where it is due.

    So the large number of manufacturers that pushed SSDs a lot earlier than Apple don't deserve the credit?
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    gfair , October 23, 2012 10:05 PM
    I might pick one up, great home server.
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    gfair , October 23, 2012 10:06 PM
    VladislausSo the large number of manufacturers that pushed SSDs a lot earlier than Apple don't deserve the credit?


    Vladislaus - evidence, or it didn't happen. Just bear in mind - he's talking about companies incorporating SSDs into their products, not companies manufacturing SSDs and hobbists making use of them.
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    panini , October 23, 2012 10:33 PM
    VladislausSo the large number of manufacturers that pushed SSDs a lot earlier than Apple don't deserve the credit?


    Like who? Out of the major product manufacturers (Dell, Lenovo, HP, Samsung, etc.) Apple was actually the first to really push on SSD (macbook air) and removal of the optical drive.
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    Kami3k , October 24, 2012 12:47 AM
    paniniLike who? Out of the major product manufacturers (Dell, Lenovo, HP, Samsung, etc.) Apple was actually the first to really push on SSD (macbook air) and removal of the optical drive.


    You do know the optical drives isn't the same thing as a hard drive right?

    I do realize you are a Apple Cultists so knowing such basic details about computers would be hard for you.
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    hackztor , October 24, 2012 3:28 AM
    No instead they are pushing the ios into mac. What is the difference?

    "Say what you want about iCrap, at least they're not pushing a smartphone UI on their computers."
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    assasin32 , October 25, 2012 2:29 AM
    Say what you want about iCrap but at least their stuff is SHINEY! *stares at iPod*
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2012 10:11 PM
    "Apple was actually the first to really push on SSD (macbook air) and removal of the optical drive."

    Removing the optical drive is a terrible thing. I can't imagine owning a computer without an optical drive. Premade computers like Apple, or even Dell/Gateway/etc use substandard parts. I imagine the SSDs they use are also substandard. I'd rather have a good magnetic drive, than a low grade SSD.