Mac Mini getting a refresh on October 23?

Rumour has it that Apple will be refreshing its Mac Mini range alongside announcing its new iPad mini, which latest reports put at October 23.

The new Mac Mini will come with three possible configurations – two for regular users with different storage and processor options, and a third that runs OS X Server.

According to 9to5Mac these new Mac Minis will be ready to roll straight away.

The current unibody-design Mac Mini launched two years ago in 2010, while it received a processor and hard drive overhaul last year. It’s thought that this latest refresh will introduce USB 3.0 and Intel i7 processors as standard (the latter is an optional extra on the current model).

As we reported previously, Apple should also be using its October event to overhaul the 13-inch MacBook Pro, with the headline feature of a full 2560 x 1800 Retina display.

Naturally, the main event on October 23 will be the iPad mini – Apple’s answer to the low-cost 7-inch tablet format pioneered by the Amazon Kindle Fire and continued by the Google Nexus 7. Apparently the event was delayed from October 17 owing to a last minute design tweak on Apple’s part.

Recent rumours suggest that the iPad mini could cost less than £250, which is still more than its direct rivals, but significantly less than the full fat iPad.

So, it seems Apple’s October 23 event will have a bit of a miniature theme to it, with new versions of its smallest desktop and its smallest MacBook Pro sitting alongside an all-new miniaturised tablet.

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