Apple Mac Mini updated with OS X Lion and Thunderbolt

Mac Mini updated alongside MacBook Air and OS X

The Apple Mac Mini has been refreshed with Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge innards

Apple has officially updated its range of Mac Mini devices with the compact desktop machine adding the newly launched Mac OS X Lion operating system and high-speed Thunderbolt I/O connectivity options.

Launching alongside the newly refreshed range of MacBook Air laptops the updated Apple Mac Mini machines are available to buy from the Apple online store now measuring in at mere 1.4-inches thick and just 7.7-inches square.

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Like the new MacBook Airs the Mac Mini has updated its processors to the next-generation Sandy Bridge offerings in the form of the 2.3GHz Intel i5 dual-core processor found in the £529 base model and the 2.5GHz Intel i5 dual-core offering in the £699 premium device.

Whilst the base model plays host to 2GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD and an Intel HD 3000 graphics card the more expensive device touts 4GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics card alongside the 500GB HDD and now standard Mac OS X Lion software.

“Mac mini delivers the speed and expandability that makes it perfect for the desktop, living room or office,” Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller announced at launch. “With faster processors, more powerful graphics and Thunderbolt in an incredibly compact, aluminium design, the new Mac mini is more versatile than ever.”

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