Apple’s Mac mini receives long-awaited update with 4th-gen Intel CPUs, price cut to $499

Apple’s tiny, affordable Mac mini desktop received a hardware refresh and an accompanying price cut on Thursday, featuring 4th-generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, starting at $499.

The new Mac mini lineup features integrated Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000. It also has PCIe-based flash storage for faster performance.

The hardware refresh adds two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and Apple has said it is the world’s most energy efficient desktop.

Though it had been priced at $599 for some time, the Mac mini saw a reduction on Thursday, with a new entry price at $499. The units are shipping to customers starting today.

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