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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

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By DanNeely on 6/15/2010 6:58:45 AM , Rating: 2
probably the same reason the 13" macbooks are still C2D. THe undersized mobo's apple is using don't have room for the 3rd chip they'd need to pair an nVidia GPU with an i5.

RE: Love the form factor, but shouldn't it be an i5?
By Pirks on 6/15/2010 10:08:45 AM , Rating: 2
That's BS since Mini doesn't need nVidia GPU anyway, i5 with integrated GPU is more than enough for it. Jobs is an idiot. Or whoever designed that stupid thing.

By Pirks on 6/15/2010 12:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
They CAN'T package an Nvidia integrated GPU with an i5
But they DON'T need nVidia integrated GPU to begin with.
Intel integrated graphics + any CPU is not more than enough, especially for what the average person would use a mini for.
Same BS again. Average person uses Mini to watch video and do office work, and maybe play a few old games like WoW or HL2, and for all these tasks Intel integrated video in i5 is more than enough. Read Anand's i5 reviews for Christ sake.

By DanNeely on 6/15/2010 3:26:41 PM , Rating: 2
They can use an nVidia GPU that connects via PCIe. What they can't do is use an nVidia chipset; this means they'd need to have CPU + Intel chipset (1 chip) + nVidia GPU, vs CPU + nVidia chipset (1 chip); having to squeeze a 3rd piece of silicon onto the board would go against small being the driving feature in design.

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