Apple StoreApple seems to have quietly upgraded the Mac mini models, as reported by “SuperG” over on MacBidouille:

I have ordered a Mac mini Core solo with 1GB of RAM last Saturday to use it as a server, and what a surprise when I received the box!

My Mac mini has been upgraded:
– Core Duo 1.66GHz instead of Core Solo 1.5GHz
– HD 100GB instead of 60GB
– and a SuperDrive instead of a Combo!

On the box, the specifications are those of a Mac mini Core Solo…

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Mike in Helsinki" for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: This type of “stealth upgrade” is not unprecedented. Apple did the very same thing with the Mac mini last September (Apple upgrades Mac mini without announcement – September 29, 2005). As ThinkSecret reported Tuesday in their article Mac mini update on the horizon, “In September 2005, Apple bumped the top-end Mac mini from 1.42GHz to 1.5GHz and included a faster SuperDrive and more video memory, but never advertised the improved specifications. Instead, Apple commented that the box specifications represent what customers can expect at the minimum, and that some Mac minis may be better equipped. The peculiar move was seen as a means of clearing inventory of the older model without cutting prices.”

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