Apple updates Mac mini, lowers price to $499

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.