Mac Mini is renewed and reaches its umpteenth generation since its launch in 2005 and still under PowerPC architecture from IBM . The little Apple saga continues, upgrading to an annual rate (the last update which was on July 2011) and implementing the latest technologies.
To those who still love presentation especially caught attention to the very limited time that Apple will dedicate this new Mac Mini 2012 and the Apple Team list its new technical features. What’s New? Few, just very few. A minimum evolution for a team that seems to have passed to a second – or third – up in Cupertino.
Mac Mini 2012, technical:
Sandy Bridge architecture processors Ivy Bridge , called Intel Core i5 and i7 models of which are still unknown, but that will come in two versions of two (Core i5) and four (Core i7) cores with frequencies of 2.5 and 2.3 GHz respectively. Both are processors with Turbo Mode (3.1 and 3.3 GHz) and integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 .
As for storage base models have traditional hard drives . Much more interesting options available are raised, with the Fusion Drive (a hybrid between SSD and HDD which will be discussed at length soon) available at an additional cost. In memory RAM configurations bring all 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz, with a choice of 8 or 16 GB depending upon the user requirements.
The device itself is identical similar to the last year release, it has same format and design with dimensions of 19.7 × 3.6 inches and an outer shell of aluminum, which has already considered classic Apple computers. A new feature is the inclusion of four-port USB 3.0 that will join the SD card reader and connectivity Thunderbolt .
Moreover, the only available video outputs are HDMI and MiniDisplayPort , and from there the user will have to make do with adapters to provide DVI or VGA . Of course we will also have the most common in any current computer, such as Ethernet, Wifi or Bluetooth…
The same team format, a slightly evolved hardware but the very idea of computer: small size, low power consumption and home oriented . A computer with an excellent paint for the living room, for example, as a media player or team a little for all. The power may not be enough to move some games, but for general use should be more than enough.
Apple’s figures are very positive which directs that this new generation is twice as powerful as the previous ones in some benchmarks, and about 1.6 times faster in games (cite Portal 2 and Half-Life 2, two titles whose requirements are quite low). What is interesting is storage, where Fusion Drive should provide that extra speed to which we have a SSD in our PC so love us.
Leaving aside the margin improvement that can bring the new hardware, the new Mac Mini is more of the same . A detailed renewal of smallest Apple computer that, as expected, continues to maintain a high price for the equipment.
Mac Mini 2012, price and availability:
For the consumer market there are two Mac Mini 2012 available. The first is the one that uses an Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM and hard disk of 500 GB traditional. Then we have a second model above, with a Core i7 quad core at 2.3 GHz and 4 GB of RAM , 1 TB hard drive . Price Starts at $599(price may vary)
And finally, a third model to server: Mac Mini 2012 with OS X ‘Server’ , which effectively is the second model with two 1TB hard drives. Its price, $999(price may vary)
Conclusion : Performance does matter when we put price for it and Mac Mini 2012 can make your price worth valuable.