When the latest version of the Mac mini rolled out in October fans of the tiny PC welcomed the refresh–even if the upgrade had a few downsides. One thing that was conspicuously absent, however, was an option to buy the mini with 2TB of storage.
That double terabyte deficiency has since been corrected, with the $999 model now offering a configurable option for a 2TB Fusion Drive. It appears Apple quietly added the option in mid-December, but was only recently noticed (and first reported) by 9to5 Mac.
The impact on you at home: The Mac mini is such a popular HTPC option for cord cutters looking to turn their television into a multi-media powerhouse. With 2TB you’ll have plenty of room for family photos, videos, and any purchases from iTunes or elsewhere.
To get the 2TB option you’ll have to spend an extra $100, raising the cost of the high-end Mac mini to about $1100.
The new mini uses a 2TB Fusion Drive, which combines a standard hard drive with flash storage. The combination drive appears to you, the user, as if it’s just one large storage system, and your most-used files are automatically moved to the SSD—drastically speeding up your overall computing experience.
The beauty of a Fusion Drive is that it combines performance and capacity without going overboard on price. Apple also offers the ability to load your Mac mini with a super-speedy, PCIe-based 1TB SSD, but it’ll cost you $800 more than the base $999 model with a 1TB Fusion Drive. For a more detailed look at Fusion Drive, check out our previous overview.