Apple debuts new faster Mac mini models, including 1TB dual drive model with Snow Leopard Server

Apple today announced that the Mac mini, the world’s most energy efficient desktop, is now faster, offers more storage and comes standard with double the memory. Starting at $599, the entry level Mac mini features a faster 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, a 160GB hard drive, five USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics and a SuperDrive.

The $799 Mac mini features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of memory and a larger 320GB hard drive. Apple now offers a $999 Mac mini that is specially configured with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.

Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server features two 500GB hard drives for a total of 1TB of server storage in the tiny 6.5-inch square by 2-inch tall Mac mini enclosure.

Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server is available from the Apple Store and Apple’s retail stores.

More info here.

32 Comments

  1. Why are Apple’s UK prices such a rip-off? According to the currency converter widget on my Dashboard, $599 = £363.69. So why do we have to pay £499 for the cheapest Mac mini? That’s about 25% more – it can’t cost that much to ship it!

  2. Maybe that is what Apple is putting into the new server farm they are making. More likely these are servers that any small company or non profit group can afford. I could get one for the church’s archives. I will look at these later today.

  3. I wonder if the SL Server Mac mini is Apple’s way of testing the home server market? Maybe we can expect some kind of storage device from them in the future. I only wish there were 2 FW800 ports on the Mac mini and possibly an HDMI port.

    I guess with no HDMI port, the Apple TV lives on for now.

    I’m definitely thinking about a Mac mini Server and attaching a Drobo or Drobo Pro to it for my home server.

  4. @ nighthealer
    One word (or acronym) VAT. In US and Canada prices are quoted without sales tax and when it is applicable it is usually lower than in UK. in UK it is 15%. Add some EX risk costs, other fees and 25% sounds about right.

  5. We’ve been using the original Mini with Leopard Server to back-up all the machines in our workgroup using Time Machine. It works OK but it’s just slow. With all the new speed and FW800 (which will work with any number of standalone hardware RAID boxes) this new one will be a rockin’ little server without all the heat and noise issues of larger units.

    Way 2 go Apple!

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