It has been an eventful day for Apple to say the least, following its special product event this afternoon in which the company introduced new iPads, new Macs and followed through with the public release of OS X Yosemite. As the dust starts to settle, it appears that Apple has quietly discontinued the Mac mini server by removing it from sale hours ago.
With the Mac mini server, which was intended for use on a small network and came with OS X Server preinstalled, no longer available for purchase, there is no longer a 2GB storage option available for the Mac mini. The just-refreshed Mac mini comes with a 500GB hard drive based on the entry model, upgradable to a 1TB Fusion Drive at an extra cost.
Fortunately, the new Mac mini has two Thunderbolt ports on the back that can be used for expanded storage. Alternatively, you could start paying for a larger iCloud storage tier. The new Mac mini starts at a reduced price of $499 with better configurations available for $699.99 or $999.99 depending on what Intel processor clock speed you choose.
Mac mini now comes preinstalled with the standard version of OS X Yosemite as Apple focuses on making the entry-level Mac a more consumer-facing product. The new Mac mini lineup following today’s refresh is as follows, with each computer carrying an estimated shipping date of between 1 to 3 days:
The new Mac minis are available now for purchase through the Apple Store.[via 9to5Mac]