Even the Mac Mini, Apple's smallest and most basic computer that lacks an actual display, comes with its fair share of issues. Since its Oct. 23 release date, users have been complaining of screen tearing issues and "flickering" when the 2.7-pound portable computer was hooked up to a monitor via HDMI. Luckily for those users, a fix is reportedly on its way.
Intel, which provides the Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU inside the 2012 Mac Mini, acknowledged the flickering issue in the Mac Mini on a community message board and indicated that a fix is currently being worked on.
"We are aware of the flickering issue, and there will be a fix provided in the future," wrote "Nic," an employee with Intel. "Your OEM (Apple) will provide the driver with the fix when they are done configuring our driver (that has the fix). An ETA on this is currently unknown."
The Intel employee also pointed towards a Intel community page completely dedicated to the flickering Mac Mini issue.
It's possible that the fix will come in a new software update to OS X Mountain Lion. On Monday, Apple seeded a brand-new build of its biggest cat yet, OS X 10.8.3, which is said to come with a number of improvements to graphics drivers (like Intel's Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU), as well as Airport, AirPlay, and Game Center, among other applications.
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The issue with the flickering screens is reportedly only with the Intel processor being used with the HDMI out; the other two outputs in the Mac Mini, including the Mini Display Port and Thunderbolt drive, are reportedly unaffected.
The Mac Mini comes in two configurations: either a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz, or a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz. The low-end model comes built-in with 500 GB of storage, while the "deluxe" model comes with 1 TB of storage. Despite the difference in specs, both devices look completely identical -- for those who have never owned a Mac Mini before, the device looks completely identical to the Apple TV device -- including the same specs for size and shape -- but the Mac Mini is white instead of black.
The Mac Mini also comes with ports for an SD card slot, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire800, and USB 3.0. The computer is supported by 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, also known as "Smart Bluetooth," and runs on OS X Mountain Lion.
Apple sells the two configurations of its newest Mac Mini for $599 and $799, respectively.