Apple Mac Mini (late 2012)

The Mac Mini gets an Ivy Bridge update and USB 3.0.

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Along with the new MacBook Pro, Apple unveiled an updated Mac Mini this morning. Last updated in July 2011, the new model features Intel's third-generation Core CPU family (aka Ivy Bridge) and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU.

Essentially just a chip update, the new Mac Mini retains most of the same features as the previous generation. With Intel's new CPUs, support for USB 3.0 jacks is also added, and the new Mac Mini has four of them. HDMI, Thunderbolt and FireWire 800 ports remain as before. Apple's new "Fusion Drive" tech can be opted for on the higher-level model, offering 1TB of space that is paired with 128GB flash storage.

Pricing on the new models is also familiar. The 2.5GHz Core i5, 500GB model starts at AU$699, while AU$899 gets you a quad core Core i7 2.3GHz and a 1TB hard drive. Notably, AMD's graphics are gone on the higher priced model, leaving only Intel behind — something that will annoy home-theatre enthusiasts.

A server version will also be available for the usual AU$1099 starting point, of which its defining feature is a second 1TB drive on top of OS X Server. Availability begins today.


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