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Apple Brings Out New Mac Mini, Kills Optical Drive

Alongside the new Mac OS X Lion and the new Macbook Air, Apple has also released an upgraded version of the Mac Mini and added another souped-up model.

The entry level Mac Mini costs the same as the previous model at £529, it has a 2.3GHz Core i5 CPU as well as 2GB DDR3 RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 3000 Processor with 288MB shared memory - while the more expensive model, at £699, comes with a slightly more powerful CPU, 4GB RAM and a dedicated AMD Radeon HD 6630M GPU with 256MB GDDR5 memory (instead of Nvidia).

Consumers may also upgrade the Mac Mini to a dual-core Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz for an additional £80, while a 256GB SSD will cost them an additional £480 and an external SuperDrive optical disk another £66.

Both models are physically identitcal, come with a 500GB 5400-RPM hard disk, a HDMI port with a DVI adaptor, four USB ports, Firewire 800, SDXC slot, GbE port, Audio I/O and Wi-Fi.

There are a few notable differences though from the old version; firstly, the new Mac Mini comes with the Thunderbolt port, like the Macbook Air and the Macbook series, then there's a new removable cover to provide easy access to the onboard memory, Mac OS X Lion and no Optical Drive unlike all previous Mac Mini series.