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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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All Apple desktop computers are complete BS
By NanoTube1 on 6/15/2010 2:47:17 PM , Rating: 3
If one wants a killer desktop Mac without paying ridiculous $$$ - BUILD A HACKINTOSH: a normal PC with Win 7 + Mac OS X.

It works, it's actually fun to install and it's cost effective. You can even buy the Snow Leopard (10.6.3) retail DVD and install a legit copy - no need for piracy.

Start here:

RE: All Apple desktop computers are complete BS
By Pirks on 6/15/2010 3:28:45 PM , Rating: 1
Hackintosh is waste of time for idiots since you can run latest OS X 10.6 in VMWare 7 just as well if not faster. Why wasting time on Hackintosh at all??

RE: All Apple desktop computers are complete BS
By hexxthalion on 6/16/2010 6:40:57 AM , Rating: 2
not true, native hackintosh installation runs much better then on VMware - tested by myself.

been on hackintosh for a long time (on quad,4870x2,4gb ram), i think since 10.5.5 but then it was quite hard to tweak it, every update was causing problems with gfx driver and if the wasn't site i'd be doomed.

later i just got pissed off, checked what exactly i'm doing on my pc and decided to sell it and bought macbook pro.

wasn't gaming that much on the pc, mostly on ps3 so the need to have a high spec pc became irrelevant.

hackintoshing is good to test the os and to find out if it's for you but it definitely is not a long term solution.

By Pirks on 6/16/2010 10:12:33 AM , Rating: 2
hackintoshing is good
WAS good with OS X 10.5 and VMWare 6, IS a waste of time with OS X 10.6 and VMWare 7

RE: All Apple desktop computers are complete BS
By NanoTube1 on 6/16/2010 12:55:24 PM , Rating: 2
Why like this? why write not good? :)

Seriously, I am writing this post on a Hackintosh running 10.5 and it works like a charm.
Running 10.6 is even better and easier on Hackintoshes today thanks to all the boot CDs and USB techniques. You install a retail 10.6 DVD (not hacked) and run the updates directly from OS X's software update service. Install a few kexts and you are good to go!

Then install Windows XP/Vista/7 on another partition or HD and the Chameleon bootloader provides you with a beautiful OS selection interface.

I don't know about VMWare 7 running 10.6 so I cannot attest, but no VM can run as good as native no matter how good the VM is. I am running WinXP on VMWare Fusion 3 on my Hackintosh and it works very nice - but not as nice as when WinXP runs native.

My Hardware:
C2D Quad 6600, 8GB RAM, Intel MB, 2 SATA HDs, SATA DVD-RW, GeForce 9800GTX+.
Mac OS X 10.5.8 fully updated, recognized as a Mac Pro 2,1 :P

RE: All Apple desktop computers are complete BS
By Pirks on 6/16/2010 2:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about VMWare 7 running 10.6 so I cannot attest
Yeah, there you go. Come back when you tried it.
no VM can run as good as native no matter how good the VM is
Blah blah blah. Come back when you tried it.

RE: All Apple desktop computers are complete BS
By NanoTube1 on 6/16/2010 2:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
But it's like driving a Lexus in a virtual machine!!!

By Pirks on 6/16/2010 3:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes virtuality is better than reality :P

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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