The Mac mini
(marketed and branded with lowercase "mini" as Mac mini
) is a small desktop computer manufactured by Apple Inc.
Like earlier mini-ITX
PC designs, it is 7.7 inches (200
mm) square and 1.4 inches (36
mm) tall. It weighs 2.7 pounds (1.2
kg). Before the Mid-2011 revision, all models, except the Mid-2010 Server models, came with an internal optical disc drive. Models before 2010 used an external power supply
and were narrower but taller, at 2.0
6.5 inches (51
mm). The Mac mini is one of three desktop computers in the current Macintosh
lineup, along with the iMac
and Mac Pro
, although it uses many components usually featured in laptops to achieve its small size.
The Mac mini is the first consumer Macintosh
desktop to have shipped without a display, keyboard, or mouse in the iMac
era, with Apple marketing it as BYODKM
(Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard, and Mouse). The company aimed the Mac mini at users switching from a traditional Windows PC, who might already own a compatible display, keyboard and mouse, although these could be easily purchased if needed. A Server
version of the computer was introduced in October 2009 that included the Server edition of the OS X operating system. The Server model was discontinued with the late 2014 Mac mini revision. Read more...