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Tuesday, November 02, 2010, 04:00 am PT (07:00 am ET)

Apple drops Mac mini prices internationally

Apple on Tuesday reduced the price of its Mac mini line of desktops in markets not priced in U.S. dollars, providing a discount to international shoppers on both the standard Mac mini, as well as the server option.

The price changes, first discovered by Macerkopf.de (via Google Translate), were reportedly confirmed by Apple to impact all international sales of the device. For example, the entry-level machine was dropped by 100 euros to 709 euros, while the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is now 999 euros, reduced from 1149 euros.

In the U.S., the prices direct from Apple are unchanged: the entry-level Mac mini still costs $699, while the server edition runs $999. Both models ship within 24 hours.

In June, Apple released a new, unibody Mac mini that added HDMI output and support for Secure Digital Extended Capacity flash memory cards. The tiny hardware, just 1.4 inches tall, is Apple's compact desktop Mac.

The machine also has improved energy efficiency, which has led Apple to pitch it as the most affordable Mac in terms of both price and power costs. For $699, customers get a Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor, a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 320GB hard drive, and 2GB of RAM.

Reduced prices on the Mac mini are also available to readers who use AppleInsider's Mac Pricing Matrix, also included below:

Mac mini
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Discount
2.50GHz 2Core i5/4GB/500GB $594.00 $579.99 $549.99+ $589.99 $49.01
2.30GHz 4Core i7/4GB/1TB $794.00 $769.99 $739.99+ $789.99 $59.01
2.30GHz 4Core i7/4GB/2x1TB Server $969.99 $963.15 $949.99+ n/a $49.01
2.60GHz 4Core i7/4GB/1TB n/a n/a n/a n/a $20.00
2.30GHz 4Core i7/4GB/256SSD n/a n/a n/a n/a $0.00
2.60GHz 4Core i7/16GB/1TB Fusion n/a n/a n/a n/a $0.00
2.30GHz 4Core i7/4GB/2x256SSD n/a n/a n/a n/a $0.00



In addition, Apple also slightly reduced prices of the MacBook and MacBook Pro in Germany. The white unibody MacBook is now 999 euros (from 1015 euros), while the 13-inch MacBook Pro is 1149 euros (from 1166 euros).