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April 1, 2014 - Dave Hecei
The wait is finally over. Apple has announced a new Mac mini for 2014. The previous model was released way back in October of 2012. Apple has taken the time to come up with something memorable.
The first Mac mini was introduced in 2005 with a PowerPC G4 processor. This original square box design measured in at 6.5-inches and only 2-inches tall. This design lasted through the migration to Intel processor, at least to the middle of 2010. This is when Apple updated the design of the mini to a slightly larger but still square-design. It measured in at 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches.
Today, Apple has not changed the size of the mini’s box, but they have updated the look along with all new inside. On the outside the aluminum has a stylish textured back paint job with a white Apple logo. On the back there are some new ports. From left to right the ports are: power socket, Gigabit Ethernet, 2-Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, 6-USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, and audio in and out ports.
Inside the new mini is all quad-core processors. It is available with either a 2.8Ghz quad-core i5 or a 3.0Ghz quad-core i7. The base i5 model will come with 8GB RAM and 128GB PCIe-based SSD storage and the Intel Iris 5100 graphics processor. The core i7 model will have the same 8GB RAM but a 256GB PCIe-based SSD. It will also mark the return of dedicated graphics in a mini. The i7 model will have both the Intel Iris 5200 integrated and nVidia GeForce GT 750m dedicated GPU with 2GB of VRAM.
Pricing for the base mini with i5 is now $499 and the i7 mini will be $649.
Here’s wishing everyone a happy April Fools day. Sorry, but all the above was just a dream.
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