For this new version, Apple added USB 3.0 ports, upgraded to third-generation Ivy Bridge Core processors and boosted the standard RAM allotment to 4GB. And, it’s now offering a hybrid storage option, the so-called FusionDrive, which combines flash memory with a SATA HDD, and including Intel Graphics 4000 GPU.
Essentially just a chip update, the new Mac Mini retains most of the same features as the previous generation. With Intel’s new CPUs also comes support for USB 3.0 jacks, and the new Mac Mini has four of them. HDMI, Thunderbolt, and FireWire 800 ports remain as before. The 2.5GHz Core i5 model starts at $599, with a few upgrade options available as well. A server version will also be available for the usual $999 starting point.