After a two year wait, Apple finally updated the Mac mini at its special event on 16 October. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the new Mac mini, including its release date, its UK price and the new specs and features.

Apple also used its latest media event to unveil an all-new Retina iMac, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, as well as releasing OS X Yosemite to the public.

Mac mini 2014 release date: When is the new Mac mini coming out?

The new Mac mini became available to buy immediately after Apple's 16 October keynote ended, so you can head over to the Online Apple Store and order your new Mac mini now. Shipping times at time of writing are 1-3 days, but we expect that wait to grow significantly if the demand for the new Mac mini is high.

Mac mini 2014 price: How much does the new Mac mini cost?

There are three models of the new Mac mini available, depending on your budget and your specification needs (we'll talk more about specs later). The cheapest model will cost you £399, the middle model will cost you £569, and the priciest model is £799.

That means the Mac mini now starts at £100 less than it did before the new update, when the cheapest Mac mini was priced at £499. Of course, you'll need to factor in the price of a monitor, keyboard and mouse with the Mac mini, though.

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Mac mini 2014 specs & features

As well as the new price tag, the 2014 Mac mini also differs from its predecessor when it comes to specs, though the overall design of the Mac mini remains the same. It features Intel's Haswell processors, 802.11ac WiFi and Thunderbolt 2. 

Taking a closer look, the new Mac mini is available with the choice of three processors, all dual-core Intel Core i5. Those options are 1.4GHz, 2.6GHz or 2.8GHz.

The two higher-end models are configurable, though, allowing you to add a 3.0GHz dual-core Intel i7 processor if you choose (at an additional cost, of course).

The 1.4GHz model comes with a 500GB hard drive, while the 2.6GHz model features a 1TB hard drive and the 2.8GHz model has a 1TB Fusion Drive.

When it comes to memory, the £399 model features 4GB, while the other two models have 8GB of memory, but all are configurable up to 16GB.

Onto graphics now, and the £399 model will give you Intel HD Graphics 5000, while the two more expensive models both feature Intel Iris Graphics. Apple says that this means up to 90 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation.

You'll now find two Thunderbolt 2 ports on the Mac mini, as well as the faster 802.11ac WiFi standard.

More to follow.

See page two for the rumours that were circulating the web ahead of Apple's official unveiling of the Mac mini.