It's the beginning of pre-orders for the iPhone 4 today but another launch happened as well with very little fanfare. The new Mac Mini, an updated version of Mac's small but powerful screenless computer, was released. Here are the specs:

a 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip, Nvidia's GeForce 320M GPU, a 320GB hard disk an 8x double-layer SuperDrive and an integrated power supply. At the Mini's rear: 4 USB ports, an SD card slot, ethernet, an HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort.

That HDMI port could be really significant as it means you can hook up the Mini to your TV. So while we've been wondering why Apple didn't release a new version of Apple TV at the WWDC, maybe they just did. Also, a thrifty person looking to upgrade their computing system could get away with a Mac Mini and an iPad now instead of having to buy a whole laptop or desktop. Significantly, the Mac computer was completely left out of Steve Jobs' WWDC presentation.

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