By Paul Hayes

SYDNEY, NSW: Hot on the heels of its new iPhone 4, Apple has unveiled its completely redesigned Mac mini.

Featuring up to twice the graphics performance of its predecessor, as well as a new HDMI port and SD card slot, Apple said the Mac mini is the world’s most energy efficient desktop and at RRP $999 is the most affordable way to utilise Mac OS X, iLife or Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.

The new Mac features a 19.7-centimetres square compact aluminium enclosure, measuring in at 3.6-centimetres in width.

According to Apple, an integrated power supply eliminates the need for an external power adaptor, which reduces overall system volume by 20 per cent while reducing the number of cables in use.

Its HDMI output is designed to connect the desktop to an HDTV, while the SD card slot enables an easier transfer of photos and videos from a digital camera.

The new Mac mini comes standard with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 320-gigabyte hard drive and 2-gigabytes of RAM.