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Mac Mini updated in two new flavors, at $599 for i5 dual-core and $999 for i7 quad-core server model

Apple’s smallest desktop, the Mac Mini, is getting a spec update just one year after its last refresh. Apple’s rolling out two new Mac Minis with varying storage and processing capabilities — first a $599 model with a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD, and second a $999 server model with a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 Ivy Bridge, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB HDDs. You can of course kit that out to 16GB of RAM, and you could always add a 256GB SDD should you not get down with spinning discs these days. Graphics are handled by the (rather paltry) Intel HD 4000 GPU, and Bluetooth 4.0 is handling wireless devices. When it comes to ports, four USB 3.0 slots come built-in, as well as an SD card reader and HDMI out. We didn’t catch a mention of Thunderbolt ports, but we’d be surprised if they went missing. We’ll have more as soon as Apple puts out official word on the device, but it should pop up in the Apple Store when it returns following today’s event.

Update: Apple says the new Mac Mini will indeed feature a Thunderbolt port, as well as SDXC, Gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 800 ports. Shipping models come with OS X Mountain Lion pre-installed. Head past the break for Apple’s official wording.

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