Mac mini

The Mac mini. Desktop is a workstation manufactured by the American company Apple and is based on x86 processors . The mini is the entry model in the Mac family, it is a product designed for switchers since it does not include a monitor or a niteclado mouse. Apple’s idea is that you replace your PC with a mini, using the peripherals you already have, in exchange the price is reduced.


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  • 1 Launch of Mac Mini
    • 1 A little history
    • 2 Technical specifications
  • 2 Sources
  • 3 External links

Launch of Mac Mini

The Mac mini began its journey in the early days of 2005 . Apple announced it at the time as “the most affordable Mac in history, for 489 euros” (Apple presents Mac mini), as an alternative for all those who already had a monitor , keyboard and mouse and did not want to spend money buying new , but they wanted a Mac.

A little history

Mac mini is an Apple brand computer model , which was introduced on January 11 , 2005 in California . Initially it had a G4 processor and it was available in two versions (1.25 GHz and 1.4 GHz). On July 26, 2005, versions with slight improvements (1.33 GHz and 1.5 Ghz -the latter with the forced clock frequency-) were released, which were unofficially called “silent upgrade”. In January 2006 , the new generation of the Mac Mini was launched, this time with Intel Core Solo (1.5 Ghz) and Intel Core Duo (1.66 Ghz) processors, they also added AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth connectivity2.0 with the possibility of the Apple Remote and a drive ( DVD + R DL / DVD ± RW / CD -RW) for the Duo version. In September of 2006 the Intel Core Duo (1.66 Ghz) became the low range and the upper model incorporated an Intel Core Duo (1.83 Ghz) processors improved. Finally, the most important update of the range was carried out in 2011 , adding faster Intel processors, such as the i5 and i7 based on Sandy Bridge technology, and among other features, the elimination of the disk reader that was incorporated with the device.

The peculiarity of the Mac mini is its small size: 19.7 x 19.7 x 3.6 cm. Sold without keyboard, mouse or monitor but you can add any that works with USB or Bluetooth , and you can use the ones that the user already owns

Technical specifications

The models that have appeared on the market for now are:

January 2005 – June 2005

  • 25 GHz PowerPC G4 with 40 GB hard drive.
  • 42 GHz PowerPC G4 with 80 GB harddrive.

July 2005 – February 2006

  • 33 GHz PowerPC G4 with 40 GB hard drive.
  • 5 GHz PowerPC G4 with 80 GB hard drive.

February 2006 – September 2006

  • 5 GHz Intel Core Solo with 60 GB hard drive.
  • 66 GHz Intel Core Duo 80 GB hard drive.

September 2006 – August 2009

  • 66 GHz Intel Core Duo with 60 GB hard drive.
  • 83 GHz Intel Core Duo with 80 GB hard drive.

October 20 , 2009

  • 26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 160 GB hard drive and 2 Gb of DDR3 RAM.
  • 53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 320 GB hard drive and 4 Gb of DDR3 RAM.

July 20 , 2011

  • 3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared Tier 3 Cache, 2GB 1,333MHz DDR3 memory (SODIMM Format), Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 288MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory.
  • 5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 3MB of shared Tier 3 cache, 4GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 memory, AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory.

Both i5 models include:

  • 500 GB of HDD at 5400 rpm
  • 2,560 by 1,600 compatible Thunderbolt port
  • HDMI port supports resolution up to 1,920 by 1,200
  • DVI output with HDMI-DVI Adapter (included)
  • Compatible with dual monitor and mirror video option
  • Audio input mini jack (digital / analog)
  • Audio Out Mini Jack / Headphone Jack (Digital / Analog)
  • HDMI port supports multi-channel audio output
  • Compatibility with iPhone microphone headphones
  • Integrated speaker
  • Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gb / s)
  • FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mb / s)
  • Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mb / s)
  • HDMI port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Audio input / output
  • 11n compliant AirPort
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connection

Both Power Pc models include:

  • 256 or 512 MB PC2700 (PC3200 is also supported at PC2700 speeds) SDRAM.
  • CD-RW / DVD (“combo”) drive (optional CD-RW / DVD-R “Superdrive”).
  • ATIRadeon 9200 graphics card with DVI and VGA outputs (DVI to VGA adapter included) and 32 MB (not upgradeable) video RAM except for the 1.5 GHz “silent upgrade” model that incorporates a 64 MB Radeon 9200.
  • Two USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 400 port.
  • 10/100 Ethernet and 56 kbit / s modem
  • Speaker output
  • (Optional) Wireless AirPort Extreme
  • (Optional) Internal Bluetooth adapter
  • (Optional) Up to 1 GB of RAM

Intel Core models include:

  • 2 or 4 GB of memory (DDR3 at 1066 MHz).
  • CD-RW / DVD (‘combo’) drive (optional CD-RW / DVD-R “Superdrive”, included in the high-end).
  • NVIDIA GForce 9400 graphics with 256MB of shared memory, with DVI outputs (DVI to VGA adapter included).
  • Combined optical / digital audio input and output
  • Internal speaker
  • Four USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire 400 port
  • Ethernet 10/100/1000
  • Wireless AirPort, Extreme 54 Mbps networks as standard (based on 802.11g standard)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) module as standard at speeds of up to 3 Mbps.
  • 5-inch Apple Remote Serial ATA Hard Drive with 160 or 320 GB at 5400 rpm.
  • 2GB of RAM in the base model, or 2GB (two 1GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM in two SO-DIMMs, expandable to 4GB.
  • A 160GB or 320GB 5400-rpm SATA internal hard drive.
  • NVidia GeForce 9400M a graphics processor with 256 MB shared with main memory.
  • The Combo unit has been removed from the model base and will be replaced by a standard 8 × SuperDrive double layer. The SuperDrive drive now uses a SATA connection.
  • The FireWire 400 port is replaced with a FireWire 800 port.
  • A fifth USBport added.
  • The DVIport was replaced with a mini-DVI port.
  • A mini-DVI to DVI-D adapter included. A mini-DVI to VGA is available.
  • A Mini DisplayPort was added in addition to a mini-DVI port. This now allows the Mac mini to work with the new 24 “Apple Cinema Display LED directly and the 30” Cinema Display HD using a mini DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI adapter. Both mini-mini-DVI and DisplayPort connections can be used simultaneously in duplicate or expand.
  • Apple Remote included, but is no longer available.
  • Firmware update to allow support wireless remote installation of Mac OS X.


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