Apple Mac mini refreshed and Thunderbolt display revealed

 

By Posted 20 Jul 2011, 18:26

Earlier today we told you about the new MacBook Air range and Mac OS X Lion being available to purchase. But the company has been busy with some of its other products as the Apple Mac mini has been refreshed, and Thunderbolt display revealed.

Apple’s entry level mini starts at only $599/£529 and now comes with the next generation of Intel core processors. It also has high speed Thunderbolt technology and a discrete AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics card. You get to choose between a 2.3GHz or 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, or if you want faster you can have the 2.7GHz Intel Core i7.

The Mac mini comes with a 500GB hard drive or you can choose the optional 750GB version. You may even decide to have the 256GB solid-state drive which will get the unit booting up instantly, and launching apps in no time. There is the external USB based MacBook Air SuperDrive available for $79/£66 for all your disc needs.

The Mac mini also has Bluetooth connectivity and four USB ports to suit everyday needs. The device is available now on the online Apple Store, and in retail outlets from tomorrow. Apple has also unveiled the new Thunderbolt Display, which is the first display with Thunderbolt I/O technology and built in docking cables.

According to AppleInsider the display will be available within the next sixty days for $999, and continues on from the previous 27-inch LED display and is designed for Mac notebooks. It has an aluminum and glass enclosure which has a MagSafe connector which will charge your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

Any Mac notebook which has Thunderbolt can quickly dock with the display to provide a fully fledged desktop solution. There is a built in FaceTime HD video camera for quality video calls, and a 2.1 speaker system which provides high quality sound.

The new display also has a clever ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the display based on external lighting conditions. This means the device will only use as much energy as needed, but still provide an optimum viewing experience. It meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements and all cables are PVC free.

Besides Apples retail and online stores the unit will be available at all Apple Authorized Resellers. For more information on the new Apple Mac mini head over to the Apple Store. Do you like the look of the new Thunderbolt Display?

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