Apple Unveils New Mac miniApple announced a new, faster Mac mini during a press event on Tuesday. This announcement came out of a mass of rumors surrounding a possible upgrade that have swarmed the Web over the past two months.

The new Mac mini looks exactly like the last edition, with a slight bump in processor speed, graphics, and storage options. Perhaps the most important update for the budget Mac is the introduction of quad-core i7 ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors.

One thing you don’t see in the Mac mini is the hybrid drive, which Apple paired with the newly announced iMac update. You do get the ability to choose between standard hard disk drives or a solid-state drive of up to 256 GB in capacity.

Here’s a look at some of the specs available on the new Mac mini.

  • Wireless: 802.11n / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD or 256 GB SSD
  • Processor: Dual or Quad-Core i5 or i7 ‘Ivy Bridge’
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Energy Star 5.2 compliant
  • Memory: Up to 16 GB
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • FireWire 800
  • Thunderbolt
  • 4x USB 3.0
  • SD Card Slot
  • Audio In/Out Ports
  • Server Edition Available at $999
  • Starts at $599

The Mac mini is not only a decent choice for folks on a budget who still want to take advantage of OS X, but it’s also become a popular choice for servers. A server version of the Mac mini is available at $999, which includes: OS X Server Edition, 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, two 1 TB 5400-rpm hard drives (up to 256 GB SSD optional), and no optical drive.

Apple boasts the latest edition of the Mac mini as being twice as fast as the previous generation. Real-world tests rarely agree with these claims, though the ability to throw a quad-core i7 Processor in it would certainly translate to clear performance gains for existing users. I’ve had no problem editing HD video on a Mac mini, and would expect its performance to echo that of the newly announced 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina.

Are you going to pick up one of the new Mac minis?

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