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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:03 am    Post subject: Apple Updates Mac mini Reply with quote

Apple Updates Mac mini
Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Apple today updated its Mac mini line computers. The entire line now features Intel Core Duo processors, but the company has not increased the prices. The $799 model now includes a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, and the $599 model now includes a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from a 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo processor. Apple also started to offer 160GB hard drives as a build-to-order option.

The new 1.66GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $599 (US), includes:
- 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
- 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable up to 2GB;
- a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive;
- 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
- Intel GMA950 graphics processor;
- built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
- four USB 2.0 ports;
- one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately)
- Apple Remote.

The new 1.83GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US), includes:
- 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
- 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 2GB;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
- 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
- Intel GMA950 graphics processor;
- built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
- four USB 2.0 ports;
- one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately)
- Apple Remote.



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit below what one could have expected, really, and pretty underwhelming. Meroms nowhere to be found, not even in the portables (at least not yet).

All this upgraded hardware in advance of the September 12th event means something really big and new is coming, though.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

picaman wrote:

All this upgraded hardware in advance of the September 12th event means something really big and new is coming, though.


Agreed! What a disappointing Mac mini refresh. They should have gone with the Core 2 or at least lowered the price or something.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

first guess: Ipod movies and widescreen iPod to watch them on.

second guess: Leopard!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of a disappointment because I was hoping for C2D... but there is a silver lining here. If Apple had introduced a high-end C2D model at $799, I would have bought that. Now that the $599 model is CD, it is very appealing for those not interested in extra HD space or the SuperDrive (I don't need either). So Apple just saved me $200 and I certainly appreciate that. Thanks, your Steveness. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
Agreed! What a disappointing Mac mini refresh. They should have gone with the Core 2 or at least lowered the price or something.


I was expecting either of these (Core 2 or lower price). Strange to see a simple Solo-to-Duo and clock speed upgrades...

Would have been nice to see black anodized as well. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who is Apple kidding here? The price of the Mac mini should have fallen at least $100 if they are going to continue using the Core Duo. I'm very disappointed!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texark wrote:
Who is Apple kidding here? The price of the Mac mini should have fallen at least $100 if they are going to continue using the Core Duo. I'm very disappointed!


And iPods are value for money? LOL
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And iPods are value for money? LOL

I guess we will find out next week! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Built-to-order Hard Drives go to 120 and 160 gigs!
Very disappointed with this upgrade.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:52 am    Post subject: modest Reply with quote

picaman wrote:
A bit below what one could have expected, really, and pretty underwhelming.


Modest, agreed, but not unreasonable in my opinion. The new 160 GB disk option was expected, and the modest processor upgrade sounds ok by me. Now you can get snappier dual-processor performance without having to buy the DVD writer.

The hot rodders on this site are vocal, but they don't represent the vast majority of Mini users. There's no reason to expect Apple would cater to them.

Addendum:

I've noticed that Intel now has a new low-power variant of the core duo at 1.83 GHz, the L2500. I'm guessing that this is what they are using in the Mini, not the T2400. I wouldn't expect any processor upgrade other than this without changes to the Mini for better cooling.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:55 am    Post subject: marketing Reply with quote

Texark wrote:
Who is Apple kidding here? The price of the Mac mini should have fallen at least $100 if they are going to continue using the Core Duo. I'm very disappointed!


I'm sure Apple marketing has looked at this very carefully. I expect they have sold a lot of Minis at the current prices and they will sell a lot more.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:22 pm    Post subject: 30 inch display Reply with quote

It's interesting that the Mini still does not support the large (30") display. Should we expect a new system to be announced on the 12th which will?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hot Rodder or not... Apple's "modesty" doesn't seem to reflect the current technology. IMHO it represents a Immediate sales boost, maybe they are fulfilling contracts to move a certain amount of chips for "said" company, or reducing inventory of a massive amount of chips that need to go. There is no reason Apple couldn't have multiple mini configurations. Rather than lower end and not-so low end. Let's see ultra high end in every line from Apple. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:45 pm    Post subject: current technology Reply with quote

TonyMontana wrote:
Apple's "modesty" doesn't seem to reflect the current technology.


On the contrary, the Mini was upgraded to offer as options the new fastest "L" core duo, and the new largest Hitachi TravelStar, both introduced this year after the intel Mini. Apple is keeping abreast of these changes in current technology, without offering a new, low cost higher performance system, which is what a few Mini users want.
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