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Apple updates Mac Mini, iMac and MacBook Pro, but to varying degrees

Apple’s event Tuesday wasn’t all about the iPads. From a fresh redesign to new processors, iMacs recieved a significant update as well.

Apple customers can now purchase a version of the Mac Mini that includes a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive, according to the Post’s Hayley Tsukayama:

For $200 more, consumers can pick up a 2.3 Ghz quad-core i7 processor with 1 TB of hard drive space.

Apple is also offering a Mac Mini with the i7 chip, two 1TB hard drives and — as you might guess — OS X server, which is aimed at Apple power users and Mac-based businesses that need more syncing and collaborative features.

The iMac desktop also got a makeover. Tsukayama writes:

The company said that the desktop has 40 percent more volume than it did before — something Apple accomplished by laminating its display and taking the optical drive out of the computer.

The new iMac comes in two sizes — 21.5 inches and 27 inches — and both have impressive quad-core Intel i5 processors, and pack 1 TB hard drives. The 21.5-inch model starts at $1,299 for the 2.7 Ghz processor, while the 2.9 Ghz processor model costs $1,499. For the 27-inch models, Apple has increased each price by $500.

The new iMacs did not get the retina display bump that many were expecting.

While iMacs may not have recieved the retina display upgrade yet, the 13-inch MacBook Pro did - and more.

The new laptop is almost a pound lighter than its predecessor, and has over 4 million pixels in its screen...The new 13-inch MacBook Pro gets all the bells and whistle of Mountain Lion as well, with dictation features and iCloud features, and the Power Nap feature that will update your contacts and other information through iCloud while the computer is asleep.

Apple is now taking orders for both computers, with the iMac mini starting at $599, and the iMac desktop starting at $1,299 and MacBook Pro starting at $1,699.

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