Apple Releases New Mac Minis: Faster, Easier Access, More Storage… and No Optical Drive

Apple Releases New Mac Minis: Faster, Easier Access, More Storage… and No Optical Drive

Apple has just released the new Mac mini desktop unit. The upgrade includes a little of everything, from faster processor, larger hard drive and perhaps most desired – easy access for for users.

Even more important? No optical drive, signaling the future: with the Mac App Store and iTunes, Apple no longer thinks you need optical media. Forget Blu-Ray, digital delivery’s the future.

The entry-level Mac mini is $599, with higher-end units priced at $799 and the server version at $999.

You can choose a 2.3GHz or 2.5GHz dual-core i5 process or up your game even more with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7, providing twice the performance than before.

The new 2.5GHz Mac mini also sports an AMD Radeon HD graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory, doubling the previous graphics speeds.

Thunderbolt technology is also included in the Mac mini update. providing improved speed and more expandability options.

Last but not least, Apple has removed the chief headache for Mac mini users: getting inside for adding memory. Now, along with a souped up 500GB or 700GB hard drive, the new desktop units have a twist-out bottom panel where you can insert memory in one available slot.

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  • RomzaT

    And it does not have an optical drive!

  • Mitchell Busby

    AND you forgot an important thing; they don’t have DVD drives in them anymore!

  • appledrunk

    Yeah, you really missed that it doesn’t have an optical drive!

    http://appledrunk.com/apple-up

  • Aj Tk427

    lol, yah the image is a little mis-leading.  I still think the price isn’t right.  It’s way to close to the base iMac price, especially once you add on a keyboard and mouse.  These should be aggressively priced, would probably sell more.

  • Wayne_Luke

    The main use I see for these is as a main media or web server in the house.

  • Jessie Yelle

    The future is not right now though, and right now we still need optical drives. Looks like I won’t be getting a new one after all. *hugs old Mini*

  • Greg_in_Dallas

    The assumption is that you already have a monitor/keyboard/mouse that you like.  You would just be upgrading the CPU box like many PC users.  This is a good product for the switchers.  You can not get a PC this good at this price in such a small package.

  • Aj Tk427

    Have to disagree, yes you cannot find something quiet as nicely integrated, however, you can very easily build a PC in a low profile case that would blow the socks off the mini.

    All I’m saying is the could probably bring in a lot more switchers if this was more aggressively priced.

  • djrobsd

    STEVE JOBS:  WHEN YOU GO TO PAGOSA SPRINGS COLORADO AND TRY TO WATCH A MOVIE ON THE ITUNES STORE, YOU MIGHT RE THINK YOUR POSITION ON OPTICAL MEDIA.  It takes 9 hours to download a HD movie rental on iTunes before it will even start playing.  There is no plans in the immediate future for Pagosa Springs, CO to get faster then 256kbps internet speeds… Except a lucky few who live downtown next to the CO, their DSL goes at 1mbps. (And no I don’t live there, but my parents and my sister do and they both own Apple products and are very disappointed in their experience due to the slow internet).

  • huyett

    I wish they’d put an SSD in the optical drive slot of my new MBP.

  • huyett

    That’s always been the drawback of minis — they never seem to get more competitively priced when they get refreshed.

  • jayoen

    DIY!

  • mdusault

    not as bad as in China, 25kbps…. you should feel lucky :P

  • huyett

    I was planning on getting an optibay, but I had to replace my MBP because of water damage and for some reason I let the sales guy talk me into the student discounted apple care.  Seems silly to void it this early in the game.

  • BeholdersEye

    BOO BOOO, Jobs needs to step down, no optical drive is unexceptable, no USB 3, thunderbolt?what? I am not buying the external air super drive when it should have been included. Jobs lost another customer. Give me a free air super drive, and I think about it.

  • BeholdersEye

    BOO BOOO, Jobs needs to step down, no optical drive is unexceptable, no USB 3, thunderbolt?what? I am not buying the external air super drive when it should have been included. Jobs lost another customer. Give me a free air super drive, and I think about it.

  • BeholdersEye

    BOO BOOO, Jobs needs to step down, no optical drive is unexceptable, no USB 3, thunderbolt?what? I am not buying the external air super drive when it should have been included. Jobs lost another customer. Give me a free air super drive, and I think about it.

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