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Rumour: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac Mini and Mac Pro in August

Looking for a new Mac Mini or Mac Pro? You may want to hold off your purchase until this August. According to a new rumour, updates for the Mac Mini and the Mac Pro are in the pipeline and will fall in the middle of this summer season, which is about over a year since the last hardware updates for both computers.

The two tweets made by Brian Tong of CNET were spotted earlier yesterday by AppleInsider. The first tweet suggested a timeframe of late July or early August. The second tweet mentioned August as the more likely date, and the not-so-surprising revelation of Intel's Thunderbolt ports on the new machines. No further specifications were given.

While this refresh is fairly similar to the new iMacs that launched last month, there is no confirmation if the Mac Mini will receive second-generation Core "Sandy Bridge" processors. It is expected the new Mini will receive a dual-core Core i5 or i7 offering to replace the Core 2 Duo chips in the current Mini, while possibly remaining on a Nvidia IGP instead of opting for the onboard IGP in Sandy Bridge processors. The current Geforce 320M in the Mac Mini has a slight edge over the Intel HD Graphics 3000 chip.

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