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.
quote: The previous $699 Mac Mini was selling well enough that Apple didn't see the need for a $599 version, because people like myself will buy one anyway regardless of the price.