By Ethan Dougherty
on 6.15.10

Just in case you missed Engadget’s note, we wanted to share that Apple has released an update for its white-headed step child computer otherwise known as the Mac Mini. Why they opted to pull this move amidst the mad iPhone 4 pre-order scramble is a bit of mystery, but that always seems to be Apple’s M.O. when drunk engineers aren’t involved. Personally we’re stoked though because while the updates to this little-computer-that-could aren’t especially ground breaking, Apple has definitely listened to the Mini loving community and added several features that finally make the machine an ideal match for your home theater.

Taking a gander at the rear port view above, you’ll see that an HDMI-out jack has finally been added, meaning you won’t have to cough up 90+ bucks for a clunky mini display port to HDMI adapter. The new design also finally updates the computer to the aluminum unibody design of Apple’s other products with a wonderful catch. Unlike the previous versions, the new enclosures allow users to access memory slots for upgrades via a removable panel at the bottom of the case. So there’s no longer a need to read through complex walk throughs for cracking these tiny white vaults via screw drivers or a butcher knife in frustration. The power supply is now integrated in the body too, giving your overloaded surge protector a break from supporting clunky blocks.

Outside of those notable changes, the Mini’s specs have been slightly bumped . The $699 version will score you a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. The graphics are also supposedly “doubled” thanks to an NVIDIA GeForce 320M chip inside. A server configuration is also still available which allows you to add in a second 500 GB HDD in lieu of its DVD burner. Snow Leopard Server comes with this option along with 4GB of RAM, and a 2.66GHz Intel chip for $999. Measuring just 1.4 inches tall, overall it’s a welcomed change that may finally push us to pick one up and give our television the mac computing power it’s always craved.

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