New, Speedier, Ivy Bridge Mac Minis Are Here

A new, tiny iPad isn't the only little-big news out of today's Apple extravaganza. Here's a the brand new set of upgraded Mac Minis that will be delivering that Apple love at sub-$1000 prices.

We knew this was coming -- inventories of the Mac Mini have been depleted across the country for weeks, and the diminutive Mac hadn't been refreshed since July 2011, when it was outfitted with a the then newish Thunderbolt I/O and upgraded Sandy Bridge processors.

Last year's baseline model had a 2.3GHZ processor with 2GB of memory and 500GB hard drive, The more expensive Mac Mini came with 2.5GHz processor, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. When more important computers like the MacBook Pro line get a boost, the Mac Minis, which are aimed at budget conscious and corporate customers, generally follow suit several months later.

The Mac Mini starts at $699 in Australia. [Apple]

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