Today’s special event hosted by Apple at its Cupertino headquarters saw quite a few updates to Apple’s device lineup, which includes the all new iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 (with Retina display), the gorgeous 5K iMac, and a number of software enhancements and announcements available either today, or promised just round the corner for next week. One small yet significant product announcement, that, for some, might have even gone unnoticed, was an update to the Mac mini. That’s correct; after all these years, Apple has finally announced an update to the square box computer that’s hardly any bigger than a set-top box for your PC yet rivals many competitive desktop PCs in power and features.

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Features / Specs

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The Mac mini update doesn’t really introduce any major design changes; it still looks more like a set-top box than anything else. However, on the spec sheet front, a lot has improved. For starters, Apple has given the computer 4th-gen Intel Core processors, fully supported by either Intel Iris or Intel HD 5000 graphics, depending on which model you end up buying. Then, you have PCIe based flash storage, which is a first for a Mac mini. There are two Thunderbolt 2 ports onboard, alongside 4 high-speed USB ports. Wi-Fi has also been boosted up to 802.11 ac, and performs faster than ever before.

Price

The price point for Mac mini begins at $499 and will change with your choice of specs, making it quite an affordable computer.

Release Date

You don’t have to face any delays to get your hands on one; the new Mac mini starts shipping right away.

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Mac mini is one of those Apple products that have not seen much love from the fruit company in recent years, despite having been a really efficient and innovative product. It’s refreshing to see that the Cupertino tech firm hasn’t forgotten its old jewels, and plans on keeping them in play for as long as they could. The recent update to Mac mini is a welcome step in that direction.

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