Apple Announces New Mac mini as OS X Lion Releases

Apple has been busy lately. In one day it has released a new operating system, revamped its MacBook Air lineup, discontinued the MacBook (except for use in the educational market), and updated the Mac mini. On their own, changes made to the Mac mini would be news, especially considering the dramatic shift in processing power and lack of its trademark forward-facing optical drive.

Like the Mac mini Server before it, the new Mac mini lacks a built-in optical drive. This is another step in a growing trend of Apple products that are coming out without support for optical discs and a sign that they may soon be heading in the direction of the floppy disk soon enough.

If performance is the biggest thing holding you back from getting a Mac mini, Apple may have finally kicked the small desktop into high gear with an upgrade to Core i5 and i7 processors compared to the Core 2 Duo chips previously included in the mid-2010 models.

Also new on the 2011 Mac mini is the Thunderbolt port. This port, should Thunderbolt devices actually appear in the wild anytime soon, enables users to connect monitors, drives, and other devices that require a high speed connection to the Mac mini.

The Mac mini has long been Apple’s big incentive to bring PC users to make the switch. Unfortunately, criticism has remained steadfast as the specs (which really don’t matter as much as they used to) weren’t quite up to par with what PC users expected for the investment. It appears that Apple is giving these critics a reason to reconsider.

The new Mac mini comes with Mac OS X Lion, Apple’s latest operating system that was released to the world Wednesday morning. Lion features several new features including Launchpad, Mission Control, and a refreshed set of multi-touch gestures that enable you to better control your experience using a touchpad.

2 comments On Apple Announces New Mac mini as OS X Lion Releases

  • Hackers are much needed element in our society today just as the heroes of the revolutionary war were needed back in their day – Hackers do a fantastic job of upsetting the establishment and in a world where law enforcement personnel skills and technologies are lagging behind, a little upheaval from the hacking community is a must – Hackers force law enforcement officers to catch up with the times so that the next time a hacker tries to have a little fun the law enforcement officers – can do a back trace and get root on his computer. Bottom line hackers give way to growth in law enforcement for the better 🙂 – Hack the Planet!!!

  • Daniel Gellman

    Ron…you sir, are about as intelligent as a $2 smoothie. Hackers are a complete necessity. If not for them, security wouldn’t even be a thought. Now imagine, if you will. a bank that never locks up the money. Would you bank there? This is what the role of all criminals are, to make us think twice about doing something completely and utterly foolish! Aside from what Blake is saying about law enforcement, corporations need to start thinking about security as a NECESSARY cost. Hacktivists like Anonymous and LulzSec are NOT the problem. They are the alarm clock ringing in your ear telling you to wake up and realize that you need to protect your data better. If not for them, the real underground, organized crime families that have moved into cyber-crime for one, would be able to walk into any company, steal there information and instead of broadcasting it, they wouldn’t say a word this way they can go back for more later. The blasting of peoples weak security forces accountability onto corporations and companies because i can tell you that only about 10% of all hacks are ever reported. No company wants to report it let alone do anything about it.

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