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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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RE: TAC rules
By gcor on 6/16/2010 5:07:12 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't say I couldn't get Windows to do what I wanted it to, just that it takes vastly more time and in my opinion the solution tends to be inferior.

My MAIN point is that in taking more time, it costs me money. This extra dollar cost in time vastly outweighs the additional dollar cost of Apple kit.

By the way, I disagree about the merits of the Windows OS vs. the OS-X OS. I've been a part of OS design for platforms (all real time embedded on telecoms switch, so definitely NOT directly applicable) and I was heavily involved in AT&T V4 back in the day when it had 90%+ market share of Unix systems. So, with my biases well declared, I think Windows as a platform has always been a dog's breakfast of an OS. Quality and stability are definitely not things I expect to find the Windows platform. It's certainly good enough if you don't mind the occasional BSOD, but it's definitely only "good enough" and nothing more.

RE: TAC rules
By hexxthalion on 6/16/2010 6:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
exactly the same reason for me - too much time spent on tweaking it and keeping it up and running, it's like a tamagochi, you don't feed it and it dies.

that's why i switched to apple - i don't need to care about it, it does exactly what i want it to do

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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