updated 12:45 pm EDT, Tue October 20, 2009
Apple speeds Mac mini to 2.53GHz
Apple today brought out its second update in a year for the Mac mini and changed its focus significantly at the high end. The new line scales up to a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo and, in a special configuration, comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server pre-installed as well as with a second hard drive in place of the optical drive; the option gives those running clusters a much more capable computer. All versions have more RAM and hard drive storage than their predecessors.
The series still starts at $599 but now comes with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM, GeForce 9400M video and a 160GB hard drive. A $799 version brings the 2.53GHz chip, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, while $999 builds on this with both Mac OS X Server and two 500GB hard drives.
All configurations should be available today through the Apple Store.