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HDMI Coming to Mac mini?
Monday, March 1, 2010 - 1:24 PM EST
Posted by: Glenn

AppleInsider reports that Apple is preparing to introduce HDMI connectivity on some of its personal computers this year. And according to their sources, this would include the next Mac mini. In fact, they are claiming that prototype Mac minis sporting an HDMI port, in place of the current Mini-DVI port, have already been spotted making the rounds at Apple.

"More specifically, prototypes of a new Mac mini - Apple's smallest and most affordable system, commonly employed by tech savvy Mac users as an ad-hoc living room media server, has been making the rounds with an HDMI port in place of its legacy DVI connector, according to two people familiar with the matter."

The port sits besides mini DisplayPort connector and marks the first instance of full-featured HDMI connectivity on a Mac. It also represents only the second Apple product to feature the port outside of the company's fledgeling Apple TV streaming media device. Cosmetically, the Mac mini is otherwise said to look identical to existing models, with no other visible changes to its enclosure."

The report also claims that one of the prototypes is using Nvidia's MCP89 chipset, which is the successor to the current MCP79 (or GeForce 9400M) chipset.

"At least one of the Mac mini prototypes described by those privy to the hardware is said to include Nvidia's MCP89 chipset, which is the successor to the existing MCP79 (or GeForce 9400M) chipset found alongside Intel's Core 2 Duo processors across the majority of Apple's existing Mac product line.

However, Intel's ongoing licensing dispute with Nvidia will prevent Apple (and other PC makers) from using the MCP89 supporting chipset alongside its latest generation of Nehalem-based Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. Therefore, this suggests that Apple may continue to rely on existing Core 2 Duo (pre-Nehalem) processors as part of its upcoming Mac mini revision."

We are strictly taking these reports as rumor at this point, but think it's entirely possible. We also happen to think that an HDMI port would be a welcomed addition to the next Mac mini. Wouldn't you agree?

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