Apple recently released a new faster, thunderbolt enabled, and optical drive-less MacMini. The $599 baseline model comes with a 2.3 ghz CPU, 2gb memory, and Intel HD graphics, BTO options includes 4 to 8 gb memory, and 750gb hard drive. The $799 high-end unit comes with a faster 2.5 dual core i5 CPU, bigger 4gb memory, and AMD Radeon HD6630 graphics, BTO upgrades includes 2.7 ghz dual core i7 CPU, 8 GB memory, 50gb hard drive, 256gb SSD or the combination of two. This makes the price of the best non-server Mac Mini soar up to$1, 849. The server Mac Mini starts at $999 with 4gb hard drive, 2.7ghz quad core i7 CPU, dual 500gb STA drive which configurable to dual 750gb SATA, single 256 SSD, dual 256 SSD, or a combination of 256SSD and and 750gb SATA drive.
It appears that the 2011 Mac Mini is the best and fastest Mac Mini yet, the exclusion of an optical drives allows you to add more data storage. So how can Apple improve the next 2012 Mini? I think they should remove the power supply unit or power brick outside the unit just like the older models so they can put a magsafe power port. This way Thunderbolt display users can connect the Mac Mini like a Macbook Air and get rid of the Mini’s power cord, it will also make the 2012 MacMini even smaller.
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