new Mac Mini specs

In addition to the new 5K iMac, Apple announced an update to its aging Mac mini line today. The new desktop computer has been outfitted with Intel’s 4th-gen Core processor, and now supports PCIe-based flash storage and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and the faster Thunderbolt 2 ports.

But the Mac mini has never really been about performance; it’s been about the price. As Apple’s least expensive Mac machine offered, the mini gave more people access to the popular OS X ecosystem. And today, the computer gets even more accessible with a  $100 price drop.

From Apple’s press release:

“People love Mac mini. It’s a great first Mac or addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the latest CPU and graphics, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, OS X Yosemite, and starting at just $499, the new Mac mini is the best value ever.”

The new Mac mini begins shipping today in 3 standard models: 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 with 4GB, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 500GB HD starting at $499, 2.6GHz i5 with 8GB, Intel Iris Graphics, 1TB for $699, and 2.8GHZ i5 with 8GB, Intel Iris and a 1TB Fusion Drive for $999.

  • James G

    APPLE TV PLEZZZ

    • James G

      And no Apple TV update 🙁

  • David Gitman

    Great! now I can keep my ferrari!

  • James G

    It is nice to see you can get a brand new Mac for under $500 now. That’s pretty amazing.

  • John

    What an awful presentation! Not even iPod Touch refresh!

    • Guest

      “it’s Road Trip”

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        That was pretty bad how he typed in Utah and it changed to its

    • Matt

      I don’t think iPod are doing as well in terms of sales, so they’re focusing on bigger issues than iPods.

  • ed

    anybody knows if the mac mini works well with xcode?

    • iBanks

      Works fine with my existing 2009-10 Mini

      • ed

        thanks!!! I want to buy the mac mini!!

  • Anthony Nguyen

    it’s Road Trip

    • I could see the level disappointment in the way he shook his head 😀

  • jaime boy

    Apple is really screwing us over.”thinner ipad” “5k” “touch id on ipad”. Why make it thinner when u can increase battery life. No one cares about an anorexic iPad or iPhone.5k really. Few people even have 4k or even care about it. They could have put touch id in last years ipad but instead are trying to milk touch id. They could have refreshed apple tv and ipod touch. OR AT LEAST INCREASE BATTERY LIFE.
    -Coming from an apple fan boy

    • Anthony Nguyen

      So 10 hours of battery life isn’t enough for you?

      • jaime boy

        1. No need to get all butthurt.
        2. Why keep it the same when you can have better. I would rather have 12 hours and thicker than 10 hours and thinner
        3. Why did u reply instantly after i posted that???

      • GoMAD4

        If ur gonna be homophobic could you at least be funny? Thanks…

      • jaime boy

        I didnt say anything homophobic soooo…..

        ▲ ▲ You Are A Newfag!!!

      • GoMAD4

        Surprisingly funny. I’m gonna allow this…

      • Elias Chao

        It could be 15 hours or so.

    • Thunder Cats

      what’s the purpose of longer battery life when it “may” become heavy after extended hours of usage. I rather hold a lighter device and use for 2 continuous hours then holding something longer lasting battery but heavier.

      • jaime boy

        Unless your arms are skinny twigs that cant hold a already light device then you would want more battery life.

    • John

      I am with you brother. I have been saying this for the last two weeks as well. Same crap just refresh and add and sell. No one needs a damn 5k display. There are not even videos that high in definition. Movies aren’t even 4k yet!

      • jaime boy

        Thank you!!! someone else understands. Why is everyone so blind to the facts. I love apple, but come on, dont keep milking the same things over and over and over. Every year its,”two times faster processor, better graphics, thinner device.”

      • James G

        I think a 5K computer actually is quite compelling. While movies may not be in high resolution, images certainly are and I guarantee everyone has more images in their library than movies.

        But it’s a little ahead of its time, that’s for sure.

      • Raz

        Really? No one need a 5K display???

        Thats like saying no one needs faster processors because the ones right now are fast enough…

        The uses of a 5k display are for more than just movies and youtube videos. The UI takes full advantage of the display and every app interface will be sharper once updated. Video editing, Photo editing… There are lots of uses for a higher resolution display. Heck, even for non-pro users everything will look super sharp, and on a display that large it makes even more sense.

      • jaime boy

        Yeah and you know what else 5k will do to an i5 processor. It will unnecessarily slow it down. If i were to build a pc for 2500 dollars, i would put an i7 cpu and a gtx 780 gpu. I5 and r9 are good, but for 2500$ it is wayyyy tooooo expensive. With 2500 I would build a BEAST of a gaming pc. A 4k(5k, or whatever k) display that size doesnt cost 1200-ish dollars.

      • John

        Yeah. The same with 2GB on the iPhone, right now you will reply to me and tell me it is unnecessary. But next year as soon as Apple announces the iPhone 6S and possibly with 2GB of RAM you will tell me and give me facts of why it is necessary and makes perfect sense. These people are weird man! 5k is not necessary. No processors have been developed for a 5k display yet.

      • Raz

        5K is necessary, but not for everyone (yet). The same goes for ram. Every device, every task, every user has a specific requirement for their needs. 5k is necessary for professionals who need that resolution, such as photo and video editors. More ram is needed for power users who do a lot of tasks (iPhone, mac or any computer).
        While both of these are not needed for everyone, technology advances. If 1GB of ram works for most iPhone users, apple won’t put more ram. Users who use iMacs wanted a higher resolution display for their creative needs and thats what apple gave them.

  • Eddie Melendez

    Now Apple Tv! I was expecting more for this presentation! Very disappointed!

  • Eddie Melendez

    Not Apple Tv! I was expecting more for this presentation! Very disappointed!

    • Ali

      Appears be a recurrent theme now. Minor upgrades.

    • John

      What do you expect man. It’s Apple, it haven’t amazed us since the iPhone 4. The same crap every year. The iPad is meh. iMac with 5k display? I don’t need that.

      • Andy Copeland

        So the apple watch didn’t amaze you?

      • Guest

        No…

        ☻ ☻

      • John

        Nope..

      • I’m sorry but you need to take a look back in time and see how much more powerful Apples new products are. When the chart showing how much faster the iPad Air 2 is compared to my iPad 3 I almost feel ashamed that I still use it! What Apple has done with their products is amazing. Okay the iPad Mini 3 is meh but everything else Apple showed off today is amazing.

  • James G

    “You want a great experience at your desk…iMac. You want a great experience in your bed…iPad. You want to hold this technology in the palm of your hand…iPhone. You want to wear this powerful whiz bang stuff…Apple Watch”

    THIS WAS THE PERFECT SETUP FOR….

    “You want to experience your content in the living room, on the couch….BOOM APPLE TV 4K”

    Damn you Tim, you had me going there…I thought for sure it was coming!

    • John

      I thought a damn refresh for the iPod Touch was coming. But nothing.

      • Vince Reedy

        IPod touch is dead

      • Perhaps next year at the Apple Watch event? I doubt the Apple Watch will be the only product launched…