Apple Releases New Sandy Bridge Mac Minis and Thunderbolt Display

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple today released an update to its Mac mini line, bringing Intel's Sandy Bridge platform to the diminutive desktop computer along with new support for the Thunderbolt connectivity standard being pushed by Apple and Intel. The new Mac mini lineup consists of two standard stock configurations alongside a "server" model. Notably, all models drop the optical disc in favor of an optional external SuperDrive.

    Standard models
    - 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive, 2 GB RAM: $599
    - 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM: $799

    Server model
    - 2.0 GHz, dual 500 GB hard drives, 4 GB RAM: $999

    Additional build-to-order options include an upgrade to 8 GB of RAM, up to 750 GB hard drives, and an external SuperDrive. The high-end standard model and the server model can also be configured with one (standard) or two (server) 256 GB solid-state drives.
    All Mac mini models ship with OS X Lion pre-installed.


    Alongside the new Mac mini models, Apple also announced a new Apple Thunderbolt Display. Appearing nearly identical to the previous 27-inch LED Cinema Display, the primary upgrade to Apple's sole standalone display offering is Thunderbolt compatibility, enabling the device to be used within daisy-chained configurations of the new high-speed data and display connectivity standard. With the new standard, users can for the first time run two displays off of a single Thunderbolt port on Macs offering enough graphics horsepower to support the pixel load.


    The upgrade to Thunderbolt also allows Apple to turn the display into an "ultimate docking station", with the new display now offering a built-in FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 speaker system, three USB ports, one Firewire 800 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and a second Thunderbolt port to enable daisy chaining. An integrated MagSafe cable for powering connected notebook computers also continues to be offered.
    Images of the new Thunderbolt-enabled LED Cinema Display leaked on Apple's site late last week, foreshadowing their arrival alongside the Mac minis that do not ship with an included display. The new LED Cinema Display will be available within the next 60 days and is priced at $999.

    Article Link: Apple Releases New Sandy Bridge Mac Minis and Thunderbolt Display
  2. miniroll32, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    miniroll32 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2010
    Quote from the Mac Mini's product page:

    "Mac mini is designed without an optical disc drive. Because these days, you don’t need one. It’s easier than ever to download music and films from the iTunes Store. And you can download apps from the Mac App Store with a click."

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL... Yeah, right Apple. The Mac Mini is a 'hub' with HDMI, yet it can't even play DVD's? Rip CD's? And whats the point of having Boot Camp when you can't use a Windows disc?

    Epic. Fail.
  3. arian19, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    arian19 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Well, I hope by removing the CD drive... and adding more storage... will allow them to finally put the Welcome Video back haha jk
  4. Torrijos macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2006
    Actually I'm happy to see the optical drive go, but SSD should have being standard.
  5. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Are we sure about this ? The tech specs say there's only 1 Thunderbolt port :

    How can you daisy chain them if there's no second port ?
  6. nickn macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    It is absolutely insane that this doesn't have any optical drive! I would have considered getting a mini if it had a drive.
  7. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    Nice you can get a SSD installed, not so nice a Mac Mini with SSD is $600 more!

    Going to have to chase down that new ATI chip and see what it does
  8. BCurry1 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2009
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    They killed the MacBook.
  9. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Upgraded mini has discrete graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6630M
  10. ekwipt macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2008
    Not that fazed by no DVD drive, but doesn't make a lot of sense if you wanted to use it as a media centre.

    Does anyone know if the new AMD Radeon HD 6630M can handle blue ray rips and 1080P video?
  11. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    It also has a built in thunderbolt cable, plus the port.

  12. talkingfuture, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    Looks like the optical drives days are nearly over then.

    I like the option of 750 HD and 256 SSD and the better graphics on the top one.
  13. Kimbie macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2010
    Well no optical drive means I won't get a mini, plus was hoping for at least a GFX card to match the MBP

  14. S.Jobs macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2010
    The Mac mini is a solid base computer and the high end is really nice. Most people dont need quad cores
  15. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    So I'm guessing the new 27" ACD with TB won't work with older Mac's that have the Mini DisplayPort?
  16. Hattig macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2003
    London, UK
    Discrete Graphics

    Major Bonus - Discrete Graphics - AMD Radeon HD 6630M


    Only on the $799 model though.

    The 6630M has 480 shaders running at 485 MHz. Also I don't know why they've only given is 256MB of RAM.
  17. BubbaMc macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
  18. trfjason macrumors member

    May 28, 2010
    It's nice to have the 6630M in the high end Mac Mini, but where is the quad core CPU option?? They should not make the quad core exclusive to the Server version.
  19. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Why get rid of the optical drive on a desktop/media computer :confused:. It's not like it didn't fit in the enclosure to begin with. I'm so glad i got a 2011 MBP. I think it's all but certain they'll be next in line for an ODD excision.
  20. ViperDesign macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    It's obvious that Apple is moving to an all digital future. And to be honest, whatever apple does usually happens.

    I am actually happy about that, I hate having to deal with DVD's, cd's, etc...

    Much easier to download and backup on a hard drive these days.
  21. t.saddington macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Bye Bye White Macbook

    I should have known not to buy a white macbook yesterday!!!!!!!!!:mad::apple::mad::apple::mad::apple::eek:
  22. DrJohnnyN macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    California and Texas
  23. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    The Waste
    Discrete graphics! I can't stop cackling over here! Where is my debit card?!?!? Ahahahahaahahaha!!!
  24. DrJohnnyN macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    California and Texas
    You can return it.
  25. winston1236 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    i couldnt ever buy a mini based on performance anyway but no optical drive? it makes me think how many college textbooks are out there with a cd in the back. kind of making it hard for anyone with serious work to buy one apple

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