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Mac Mini refresh to launch with new iPads next month?

Apple is planning to refresh its Mac Mini standalone desktop PC unit, according to reports on Thursday.

MacRumors has received word from its sources that the firm plans to launch a newly kitted-out version of the standalone machine alongside the expected outing of new iPad tablets next month.

Earlier this year a ‘mid-2014 Mac Mini’ was spotted on an Apple support page, but nothing has been heard since.

If a refresh were to arrive it could carry the Intel Haswell processors currently sitting within the 2014 MacBook Pro line. As the Mac Mini isn’t intended to be most powerful Mac in the range, it would be unlikely to be running Intel’s long-delayed Broadwell processors.

The Mac Mini hasn’t been refreshed since October 2012 when faster Intel i7 quad-core models were introduced. The slim and affordable unit is available from £500-£830, but ships without a keyboard, mouse or monitor.

Apple’s next event, rumoured to be in October, could debut new iPad Air 2 tablet, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the final version of Mac OS X 10.0 Yosemite.

Recent rumours have also suggested Apple will launch a new 12-inch MacBook Air laptop with a super-thin fanless design and an offering in iPhone-style colours.

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