Apple finally updates the Mac mini

Apple today announced that the Mac mini is getting its first upgrade in over two years. While its appearance hasn't changed, the Mac mini benefits from all new hardware and the addition of two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing described the new Mac mini as "the world's most energy efficient desktop computer".

The new Mac mini has three configurations available, all featuring fourth generation dual-core Intel Core i5 processors.

The entry level Mac mini has a 1.4GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and an Intel HD 5000 graphics processor. It retails for AUD$619.

The middle Mac mini has a 2.6GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and an Intel Iris graphics processor. It retails for AUD$869.

The high-end Mac Mini has a 2.8GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive, and an Intel Iris graphics processor. It retails for AUD$1,249.

The mid-range and high-end models can both be upgrade to Intel Core i7 dual-core processors, and can be configured with a Solid State Drive or Fusion Drive.

All three new Mac mini models are on sale from today. Users will still need to purchase a screen, mouse and keyboard separately.

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