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Intel Mac mini: Dock or Not?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can put me in the *no* built-in dock crowd. I don't want or want to pay for one Exclamation
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ye the dock does seem like a half baked plan. just leads to added complexity in product from a company thats design ethos is based around simplicity.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I vote no dock... Instead, give the iPod some wireless connectivity (bluetooth?)...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ack_mac wrote:
I vote no dock... Instead, give the iPod some wireless connectivity (bluetooth?)...


I would love that, but I'd prefer it to be 802.11g over bluetooth. Aren't you sick of cables? Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Mac Mini with an iPod dock would have been a neat idea, but I agree, it would probably be ugly, even given Apple's design talent.

But then again, these were all rumors, so who knows what the truth is.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

diulei wrote:
A Mac Mini with an iPod dock would have been a neat idea, but I agree, it would probably be ugly, even given Apple's design talent.

But then again, these were all rumors, so who knows what the truth is.


I still would love to see how Apple was going to implement it. Are there any true Apple insiders out there? Got any pics? Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow... Guess I'm in the minority here. I thought the built-in dock was a neat idea.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allthough it is a neat idea, I just wouldn't like the look of it. And, what about all the people that want a mini, but not an iPod? I'm sure the dock would look less appealling if it was empty all the time.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No dock. Just give me Front Row with the Apple remote and a dual core Intel chip. I agree with the other guy that said make the iPod wireless. Apple should have done that like a year ago.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I vote for an extra USB and FW port *on the side*, like on the new miniStack.

Speaking of stacking, if the dock connector was on top of the mini that would limit stacking options.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

resuna wrote:
I vote for an extra USB and FW port *on the side*, like on the new miniStack.


A side port would be nice, but I think a front port would even be a better idea.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No dock for me, I don't own an iPod and I doubt I ever will.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

billabong wrote:
A side port would be nice, but I think a front port would even be a better idea.
Side port has the advantage of being reachable easily from the front or the back without having cables snaking all the way around, whether you're a "cables in front" or "keep the desk clean" type. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.dvhardware.net/article9912.html

This is pretty funny... Must be from the Netherlands or somewhere, and it seems to have misinterpreted the AppleInsider story: that Apple is PLANNING to put the ipod dock in the mini.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

resuna wrote:
Side port has the advantage of being reachable easily from the front or the back without having cables snaking all the way around, whether you're a "cables in front" or "keep the desk clean" type. Smile


I think a front port would be more practical for temporary connections. Especially if Apple markets the new mini as some sort of media device, and it ends up sitting in more and more entertainment centers. It also makes more sense from a space saving point of view. With side ports you need more clearance on each side of the computer. The front of most setups are usually open with nothing sitting in front of the mini. If the mini was in my TV stand, I would definitely want the port up front. Otherwise, I would need to pull it out of the stand to get access to those side ports.
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