Apple’s latest Mini gets a ‘serious’ speed boost

It gains a low-end Core i5 chip, but loses the optical drive. Since its unveiling in January 2005, the Mac Mini has been the cheapest Mac that Apple sells, making it the least expensive way to get hardware that natively runs OS X. In the past, this usually meant settling for older components — especially compared to the pricier iMac and MacBook Pro lines. Although Apple has updated the Mini’s look several times since its debut — most recently in 2010 — the internal hardware often received only minor improvements.

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Michael deAgoniaApple’s latest Mini gets a ‘serious’ speed boost