Along with the updates to the MacBook Air and the new Mac OS X Lion and the Thunderbolt Display, Apple has also updated their Mac mini. The updated version of the Mac mini will feature next generation Intel core processors, new discrete graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and Mac OS X Lion. Apple claims that the new Mac mini delivers up to twice the processor and graphics performance of the previous generation in the same compact and aluminium design.

Just 7.7-inches square and 1.4-inches

Speaking about the new Mac mini, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phillip Schiller said that Mac mini delivers the speed and expandability that makes it perfect for the desktop, living room or office. He went on to add that with faster processors, more powerful graphics and Thunderbolt in an incredibly compact, aluminium design, the new Mac mini is more versatile than ever.

The updated Mac mini measures just 7.7-inches square and 1.4-inches thin maintaining its compact design and yet has the ability to deliver high performance and graphics capabilities.  It is available in three configurations where customers can choose a Mac mini with the dual-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics or a quad-core Intel Core i7 powered server configuration. The new Mac mini will not have an optical drive; instead will be able to access the optical drives on other PCs and Macs. There is also an option to configure-to-order option  that includes up to 8 GBs of memory, a faster 7200 RPM hard drive and a 256GB solid state drive.

Aluminium design

Aluminium design

The Mac mini will be available through Apple Authorized Resellers from July 21st. Pricing of the Mac mini is as follows:
2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Mac mini with 2GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive costs Rs. 33,900 (Including VAT). There is an option to add memory up to 8GB and a 750GB hard drive.

2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Mac mini with 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive costs Rs. Rs. 44,900 (Including VAT). There is also an option to upgrade to a 2.7GHz dual-core Core i7 processor, up to 8GB of memory and a 750GB hard drive with an option to add or replace with a 256GB solid state drive.

2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Mac mini with Lion Server, 4GB of memory and dual 500GB hard drives costs Rs.54,900 (Including VAT). Options include adding memory up to 8GB, two 750GB hard drives or up to two 256GB solid state drives.

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