Mavericks includes more than 200 new features and helps to bring OS X closer to iOS. You'll find a revamped Finder with tabs and tags for easier file management. Critical for the Mac mini is better support for multiple displays - you could use the Mac mini as a media hub linking to PC display and TV. In Mavericks you'll also find new apps such as Maps and iBooks.
We're not expecting a major visual or build redesign. But on the hardware side the move to Haswell means a couple of things. Haswell processors will boost general speed, to an extent. But much more important is their effect on graphics performance. According to Intel its Iris integrated graphics are able to double or triple the performance of existing Ivy Bridge chips, so the Mac mini should become a viable games machine for all but the most graphics intense games.
Another significant upgrade is 802.11ac Wi-Fi. So-called 'Gigabit' Wi-Fi offers speeds up to three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks. This doesn't mean your broadband will reach speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, but it does mean that the Mac mini won't be the bottle-neck in your home network.
Expect enhanced flash-storage options, and an enhanced connectivity lineup including Thunderbolt, Firewire, USB 3.0, SDXC card and HDMI.
New Mac mini price in UK
Despite its reputation for scalping consumers Apple makes excellent use of the falling price of components to maintain its margin without adding to the price to consumers. The most recent upgrade of the Mac mini saw the price remain the same, and in a time of low inflation we expect this trend to continue.
So the new Mac mini should cost around £499 inc VAT for the basic model, rising to £679 inc VAT for the model with 1TB storage.
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