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Apple Mac mini gets a thorough redesign

When it comes to Apple's computing products, there are a few that seem to not get much attention. The Mac Pro is one of them, and the other is the Mac mini. Today, however, Apple is showing a little bit of love for its tiny little desktop machine.

The Mac mini is now sporting an all new design, which looks to be both flatter and wider. The body is now only 1" thick and is carved from a single piece of aluminum. On the bottom of the device is a circular access panel that allows you to gain access to the memory modules.

The Mac mini now sports either a 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM (up to 8GB is supported). Graphics duties are handled by an NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated GPU with 256MB of DDR3 memory.

Storage duties are handled by either a 320GB or 500GB SATA hard drive. An 8x slot-loading SuperDrive soldiers on for your DVD and CD media.

Port selection includes one Firewire 800 port, four USB 2.0 ports, GbE, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and an SD slot. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 802.11n.

“The sleek, aluminum Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design,” said Apple's Philip Schiller. “With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini.”

While Apple's new Mac mini is no doubt stylish, you will pay through the nose to get one. Pricing starts at a a whopping $699 (a $100 increase over the previous model) and it is available now from Apple.com.



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By piroroadkill on 6/15/2010 4:43:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah. This is boring.


By retepallen on 6/15/2010 5:02:28 AM , Rating: 5
It just means lower cost for Apple and higher margins.


By Mitch101 on 6/15/2010 8:48:20 AM , Rating: 1
This is great news.
The previous generation boxes will now be sold off so that they can buy the newer ones.

Then buy this broadcom chip.
http://www.logicsupply.com/products/bcm970012

Then install XBMC
http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMC_for_Mac_on_Apple_...


By Mitch101 on 6/15/2010 9:02:55 AM , Rating: 2
Here is a better link

Mac Mini + XBMC + Broadcom Crystal HD = 1080p video!
http://www.xlml.com/aehso/2010/01/13/mac-mini-xbmc...


By alanore on 6/15/2010 10:45:31 AM , Rating: 5
Or you could wait a bit and get a Boxee box for under 200 bucks.


By fsardis on 6/15/2010 12:05:27 PM , Rating: 3
What is all this? Command line? On a home system? On an APPLE!! system?!?!?! I thought those things just work. I just plug things and they work like magic. When Steve said BOOM in his presentation he did not say anything about command lines or ignoring errors that OSX pops up.


By quiksilvr on 6/15/2010 8:56:57 AM , Rating: 3
Given that this is running on notebook processors, it isn't shocking its this thin, but what I do find shocking is that they put the power brick inside and they didn't even go to mobile Core i3s to cut the power usage. Makes me wonder how hot this thing will get.


By jonmcc33 on 6/15/2010 3:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
It won't be on your lap so it won't be that bad. Mobile Core 2 Duo processors run quite cool with proper internal cooling.


RE: Love the form factor, but shouldn't it be an i5?
By spread on 6/15/2010 11:42:52 AM , Rating: 5
Who cares? I'll buy anything that's Apple and shiny.

/typical mac user


By Senju on 6/16/2010 12:20:36 AM , Rating: 2
Me too. If it has APPLE written on it, I will buy it!


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