The Other Mini Update: Mac Mini Gets Speed Bump

It was rapid fire announcements today at the Apple event. The iMac and iPad saw new releases, and the company also released a brand new iPad mini. There was another mini device that got some attention that was almost overlooked in all the hubbub today — the Mac mini.

Phil Schiller, during the Mac segment of the keynote, glossed over the Mac mini with such speed that it was almost impossible to comprehend just what happened. The Mac mini got a speed bump, and while it wasn’t a sexy update like the iMac, it was an important update nonetheless.

The new Mac mini comes in traditional desktop and server configurations. The stock desktop configuration now has a nifty 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive. Perfect for anyone who mostly surfs the net, writes up reports, or just answers email  from the device. On the flipside, the stock server edition of the Mac mini comes with 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and two 1 TB of storage space, as well as OS X Server: Mountain Lion pre-installed on the computer.

Stock configurations come in at $499 for the consumer level Mac mini and $999 for the server edition of the Mac mini.

If you’re feeling like upgrading, you can also upgrade your drives to Apple’s new hybrid hard drive that includes both solid-state and traditional hard drives in one enclosure. Apple’s calling it Fusion.

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