Apple updates Mac mini, adding server configuration

The new Mac Mini server configuration, which lacks an internal optical drive.

Apple on Tuesday announced an update to the Mac mini line of compact desktop Mac systems, adding faster processors, doubling memory capacity, and introducing a new server configuration that trades an optical drive for more storage.

Both updated Mac minis have the same price as the old models. The new $599 configuration features a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of 1066Mhz RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. The new $799 configuration features a 2.56GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB drive. Both are powered by NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics circuitry.

The new $999 Mac Mini server configuration has no optical drive; in its place is a second internal hard drive. The server configuration is powered by a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor, and features 4GB of RAM and two 500 GB drives for a total of one terabyte of storage. It comes with the Snow Leopard edition of Mac OS X Server preinstalled.

Before this update, most recent update to the Mac mini was in March 2009. That model was powered by a 2.0GHz processor and came in 120GB and 320GB models at $599 and $799, respectively. The original Mac mini model was introduced in 2005.

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