The Mac Mini (stylized as Mac mini) is a SFF-class desktop computer made by Apple Inc. It is one of four desktop computers in the current Macintosh lineup, serving as an alternative to the all-in-one iMac, and sitting below the performance range iMac Pro and Mac Pro.
The Mini is Apple’s only consumer desktop computer since 1998 to ship without a display, keyboard, or mouse. Apple initially marketed it as bring Your Own Display, Keyboard, and Mouse. Pitching it to users switching from a traditional PC running operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Linux. It uses many laptop components to achieve its compact size.
It was introduced in January 2005, using PowerPC G4 processors. The second-generation Mac Mini, introduced in February 2006, carried over the design of the PowerPC version, but used Intel Core processors and other upgraded components, and made wireless connections such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi standard.
The third-generation Mac Mini, introduced in June 2010, brought a thinner unibody aluminum case and an HDMI port, more readily positioning it as a home theater device alternative to the Apple TV. Later revisions added Thunderbolt and Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.
The fourth-generation introduced in October 2018 changed to a darker “space gray” finish. This model features solid-state storage as standard, and replaces most data ports with USB-C.
A fifth-generation model based on Apple silicon processors was introduced in November 2020, returning to the silver finish of earlier models. The fourth-generation model remains on sale alongside it.
A server version of the Mac Mini, bundled with the Server edition of the OS X operating system, was offered from 2009 to 2014.
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