After a long afternoon offline, the UK Apple Store is back up and running. The only change we can see is a price drop for the Mac mini, which appears to have happened recently if not today.

Introduced in June this year starting from £649, the Mac mini is now listed as available from £599.

The Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server, originally £929, is now listed for £879.

When Apple introduced the Mac mini many criticised the price increase compared to earlier models, especially as the computer is billed as the cheapest way to enjoy the Mac experience.

According to Apple, the Mac mini features a compact aluminium enclosure just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin, along with an integrated power supply, which eliminates the need for an external power adapter, reducing overall system volume by 20 per cent and hopefully keeping cable clutter to a minimum.

Apple bills the Mac mini as still the world’s most energy efficient desktop.

According to the small print, the claim is based on energy efficiency categories and products listed within the EPA ENERGY STAR 5.0 database as of June 2010.

Apple Mac mini

Full details can be found at www.apple.com/uk/macmini.

Apple Mac mini