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According to sources at AppleInsider, Apple is preparing Mac mini’s for Hi-Definition HDMI output along with a possible Blu-ray drive option; set to release sometime this year. Prototype screens of the new Mac mini has been making rounds which surprisingly sports a HDMI connector instead of the traditional DVI-connector found on the current models of the mini’s.

Mac mini with HDMI and Blu-ray

If this rumor has some truth to it, the Mac mini would become only the second Apple product after Apple TV to feature HDMI port. All other Macs including the latest iMacs and MacBooks currently feature either the DVI port, or the mini DisplayPort connector.

The addition of HDMI may also bring Blu-ray drives option for the Mac mini. Blu-ray drives were first considered for the iMacs which were released late last year but they were dropped at the very last minute, citing high licensing fees and engineering difficulties. [via AppleInsider]

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