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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:06 am    Post subject: Apple Updates Mac Mini and Intros Server Model Reply with quote

Apple Updates Mac Mini and Intros Server Model
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Posted by: Glenn

Apple today announced that the Mac mini, the world's most energy efficient desktop, is now faster, offers more storage and comes standard with double the memory. Starting at $599, the entry level Mac mini features a faster 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, a 160GB hard drive, five USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics and a SuperDrive. The $799 Mac mini features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of memory and a larger 320GB hard drive. Apple also added a $999 Mac mini to the lineup that is specially configured with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server. The Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server features two 500GB hard drives for a total of 1TB of server storage in the tiny 6.5-inch square by 2-inch tall Mac mini enclosure.

The new 2.26GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $599 (US), includes:
- 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
- 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
- Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI for video output;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
- built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
- Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
- five USB 2.0 ports;
- one FireWire 800/400 port; and
- one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog.

The new 2.53GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US), includes:
- 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
- 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
- Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI for video output;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
- 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
- built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
- Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
- five USB 2.0 ports;
- one FireWire 800/400 port; and
- one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog.

The new 2.53GHz Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server, for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), includes:
- 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
- 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
- Mini DisplayPort and mini-DVI for video output;
- 2x500GB Serial ATA hard drivea running at 5400 rpm;
- built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
- Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
- five USB 2.0 ports;
- one FireWire 800/400 port; and
- one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog.



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's the 2.66GHz one?

"2.26GHz, 2.53GHz, or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor"

http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If would be nice if the prices you list were correct, but alas they are not.

Starting at $599, the entry level Mac mini features a faster 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory, a 160GB hard drive, five USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics and a SuperDrive.

The $799 Mac mini features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of memory and a larger 320GB hard drive.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TonyMontana wrote:
Where's the 2.66GHz one?

"2.26GHz, 2.53GHz, or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor"

http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html


Not saying the Admin's forgot to list it. I just don't see it on the Apple page.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish that they would let you upgrade the $599 model to 2.66Ghz. They only let you go up to the 2.53Ghz on the base model.

2.66 is an upgrade available on the $799.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found it! Under the configurations.

http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC239LL/A?mco=MTMzNzU5OTM
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.66GHz is BTO with the 2.53GHz model Tony.

Thanks for pointing out the mistake in the body K.C.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are all very nice upgrades, but there's nothing here to make me wish that I waited to buy mine.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ordered up a server for well, serving up some webpages and stuff. I can't believe how many of these things I've bought now. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So they should have these in stock at the Apple stores today right?

This is the perfect upgrade for me. I was set on a 2.0ghz 120GB version of the old one with 4GB of RAM. Which means I should go buy the new 2.26ghz 160GB one upgraded to 4GB of RAM.

But now I'm thinking to just spend the little bit of extra money ($110 in my case with the educational discounts) and get the 2.53ghz 320GB and 4GB of RAM one.

Going to the store now to see what's up...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the entry-level model is now 649$CAD instead of 729$CAD. And it's better than yesterday. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoo-Hoo!!! I am very pleased with this upgrade! It was very predictable too, and worth the wait and worth reading all the rumors building up to this day. This was more than a mere after thought from Apple, as it seemed to be in past upgrades or silent updates.

I still can't decide on which configuration to go with. The price increases pretty quickly from the base model with just a couple of spec bumps, so I am going to have to choose carefully.

I went with the best spec 2.26ghz the last time, and I was not disappointed. I have learned my lesson from my first mini buying experience in 2006, the 1.66ghz dual core... I could have gone higher in spec, but I was not sure what to expect from the mini and did not want to spend too much on something I may not like. Now I am a true fan boy and know better... go with the best because it is worth it. Yea, there may be buyers remorse the next day, but when it finally arrives and you see how fast it is and how much more productive you can be on such a small machine, well, that makes it all worth it in the end.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very tempting; I could replace my old PPC mini or the G4 Cube with one of these. The wait for these new minis is especially worthwhile for Canadian buyers as the new price is more in line with the current CAN-USA exchange rate. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So is my `08 2.0 refurb now worth nothing?

lol

Was considering putting it on ebay last week and jumping into a 13" MBP...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I called the local Apple store and they said they wouldn't have the new mini's until the end of next week!

I have $500 worth of Visa gift cards that I want to use when buying it, I'm not sure how that'll work with the online store. Think I'll just have to continue to wait it out.

EDIT- I just called another of the local stores and the lady wouldn't answer the question directly but she said they'd have them "sooner rather than later" and "if we get some things done it could be soon" and "the macbooks and the minis will be first, then the iMacs." The vibe I was getting is that they'd be available in a couple days.

EDIT2- I called another store and they say they have the minis in, just not the server level one. Off to the store I go!
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