Mac mini features third-generation Intel Core processors, faster integrated graphics, Thunderbolt and plenty of ports. Expect big things.
Processors up to 2x faster. Done and done.
With third-generation Intel Core processors, Mac mini keeps up with computers twice its size. You can choose a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5. Or go for an even more powerful 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 for up to twice the performance of the previous-generation dual-core Mac mini.1
When you’re using processor-intensive applications, Turbo Boost 2.0 increases the clock speed up to 3.6GHz. Hyper-Threading lets each core run two threads, so OS X multitasks even more efficiently. And an integrated memory controller connects fast 1600MHz memory directly to the processor, so it gets straight to work on your data. In short, Mac mini is a little box of vroom.
Intel HD Graphics 4000. It’ll really get things moving.
Intel HD Graphics 4000 delivers up to 65 per cent more pixel-pushing performance than the previous generation of integrated graphics.2 So the video you watch and the games you play are smoother and more responsive. Flipping through photo albums is a breeze. And you’ve got all the power you need to edit your HD video into a film worthy of a red carpet premiere.
Storage and memory. Make it big. And fast.
Up to 1TB hard drive.
Mac mini comes as standard with either a 500GB or 1TB 5400‑rpm hard drive.3 So you can pack in your photo libraries, films, music, files and more, more, more.
Up to 256GB of flash storage.
You can configure your Mac mini with up to 256GB of flash storage in a solid-state drive instead of a traditional hard drive. Flash storage delivers nearly five times the performance of a disk drive4 — speed you’ll notice when you boot your Mac mini, launch an app or browse your photo library.
Introducing Fusion Drive.
Mac mini also offers a breakthrough storage option, called Fusion Drive, which combines a 1TB hard drive with high-performance flash storage — 128GB worth. Fusion Drive automatically and intelligently manages your data so that frequently used apps, documents, photos and other files stay on the faster flash storage, while infrequently used items move to the hard drive. You’ll enjoy shorter boot times, and as the system learns how you work, you’ll see faster application launches and quicker file access. Best of all, you don’t have to do a thing to make it happen.
Add memory with a twist.
Mac mini comes with 4GB of fast 1600MHz DDR3 memory. And thanks to a removable bottom panel, it’s easy to add more. Just give it a twist, and you’re in. Pop your new memory into the SO-DIMM slot, and you’re out.
Thunderbolt. The fastest, most versatile I/O in any desktop. Of any size.
Thunderbolt technology in Mac mini is phenomenally fast. It features two 10-Gbps channels for data transfer. That’s up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2. But beyond speed, Thunderbolt gives you unprecedented expansion capabilities. You can daisy-chain as many as six Thunderbolt devices — including two Apple Thunderbolt Displays — to a single port. And since Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, Mini DisplayPort devices like the Apple LED Cinema Display plug straight in too.
USB 3, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You’re very well connected.
Plenty of ports make it ready for anything.
As powerful as Thunderbolt is, it’s just one of your options. If you have a third-party display, for instance, you can use the HDMI port and the HDMI to DVI Adapter that comes with Mac mini to connect it. You can even connect two displays to see more of your photos, films and documents at the same time. A built-in SDXC card slot makes it easy to import those photos and videos from your digital camera, and the FireWire 800 port works with a wide array of storage, audio and video devices.
With USB 3 built into Mac mini, you can connect your external hard drive and transfer large files in seconds instead of minutes. Every Mac mini comes with four USB 3 ports — with speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2 — and you can connect all your USB-compatible devices, including your iPhone, iPad, iPod or digital camera.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The latest 802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini.6 It automatically locates your Wi-Fi network, so you can connect and start surfing the web, printing and streaming your music wirelessly. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse.
No screen is too big.
It’s easy to connect Mac mini to the biggest screen in the house — your HDTV — courtesy of a built-in HDMI port. All it takes is one HDMI cable to start enjoying films and TV programmes from iTunes, surfing the web and flipping through your photo library, all in brilliant HD. There’s also a handy control that lets you adjust the output on Mac mini to fill even the biggest HDTV screen. And when you just want to listen to music, you can play your entire iTunes collection through your home entertainment centre, or stream it to a set of speakers in any room via an AirPort Express Base Station.
Bring your own display, keyboard and mouse. Use what you’ve got.
Plug your own display, keyboard and mouse into Mac mini. Turn it on. And just like that, everything works together. That’s one of the great things about Mac mini. You can mix and match it with almost anything.
Testing conducted by Apple in October 2012 using pre-production 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7–based Mac mini units and shipping 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based Mac mini units, all configured with 4GB RAM. Modo test files: BathFaucet.lxo and Couch.lxo. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
Testing conducted by Apple in October 2012 using pre-production 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based Mac mini units with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 512MB graphics memory, and shipping 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5–based Mac mini units with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and 384MB graphics memory, all configured with 4GB RAM. Portal v(5042)(620) tested using LaserStairs.dem, medium graphics quality, no anti-aliasing, trilinear anisotropic filtering, at 2560x1440. Half-Life 2: Episode Two v(4295)(420) tested using storm.dem, medium graphics quality, no anti-aliasing, trilinear anisotropic filtering, at 2560x1440. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
Testing conducted by Apple in October 2012 using pre-production 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7–based Mac mini units with two 256GB solid-state drives and 8GB RAM, and pre-production 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7–based Mac mini units with a 1TB 5400-rpm hard drive and 4GB RAM. Testing conducted using Iometer 2006.07.27 with a 30-second ramp-up, 5-minute run duration, 512KB request size, 8 outstanding IOs and 150GB test file. Solid-state drive system configured with one drive for the OS and the other drive for Iometer testing. Average rotational media performance calculated by creating the test file on the outer, middle and inner sectors of the drive, and averaging the results from all three measurements. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
Testing conducted by Apple in October 2012 using pre-production 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7–based Mac mini units with a 1TB Fusion Drive, and pre-production 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7–based Mac mini units with a 1TB 5400-rpm hard drive, all configured with 4GB RAM. Tested with Aperture 3.4.1 using RAW images. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac mini.
Wireless Internet access requires a base station or other wireless access point, and Internet access; fees may apply. Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort.