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Apple Updates Mac mini
Tuesday July 26, 2005 8:51 AM EST

Apple has announced upgrades to its Mac mini line of computers. The Mac mini line now boasts 512MB memory standard in every model, as well as models with built-in wireless and SuperDrive. The Mac mini comes in three models: 1.25GHz G4/512MB RAM/40GB HD/Combo Drive for $499, 1.42GHz G4/512MB RAM/80GB HD/Combo Drive/Built-in Airport Extreme and Bluetooth for $599, and a 1.42GHz G4/512MB RAM/80GB HD/Super Drive/Built-in Airport Extreme and Bluetooth for $699. Apple also updated its iBook line of computers with a 12" 1.33GHz G4/512MB RAM/40GB HD/Combo Drive for $999 and a 14" 1.42GHz G4/512MB RAM/60GB HD/Super Drive for $1299.

Apple Press Release - Mac mini has been a popular choice for consumers getting started with Mac OS X and iLife '05," said David Moody, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With double the memory and new features like built-in wireless networking and DVD burning, the new Mac mini delivers an even greater value in an innovative compact design." The Mac mini lineup includes three models: 1.25 GHz Mac mini, 1.42 GHz Mac mini and the new 1.42 GHz Mac mini with SuperDrive for burning DVDs and CDs. The Mac mini with SuperDrive is the most affordable Mac for quickly and easily creating your own professional quality DVDs using iLife '05, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications. The top two models of the Mac mini now include built-in AirPort Extreme for 54 Mbps 802.11g fast wireless networking along with an internal Bluetooth module. With wireless networking, customers can place Mac mini almost anywhere and still have fast, convenient access to the Internet. Built-in Bluetooth enables cable-free communication with Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones and PDAs as well as popular peripherals such as the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.

Just two inches tall and weighing only 2.9 pounds, Mac mini redefines design for the sub-$1,000 desktop, and allows users the flexibility to choose their display, mouse and keyboard. Mac mini includes one FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports for easy plug-and-play connections to popular peripherals such as Apple's market-leading iPod digital music player, digital still cameras, digital video camcorders and printers. Mac mini offers a DVI interface that also supports VGA so customers can easily connect to a variety of LCD or CRT displays and built-in 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet.

Every Mac mini includes iLife '05, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand(TM) and iTunes. iLife '05 continues to lead the industry with the most innovative and comprehensive suite of software for organizing, editing and sharing digital photos; creating stunning digital movies and DVDs; and purchasing, managing and creating digital music.

Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" is pre-installed on every Mac mini and delivers more than 200 new features and innovations including Spotlight(TM), a revolutionary desktop search technology that lets users instantly find anything stored on their Mac, including documents, emails, contacts and images; and Dashboard, a new way to instantly access important information like weather forecasts and stock quotes, using a dazzling new class of applications called widgets. Mac mini also comes with a collection of outstanding productivity and entertainment titles designed to meet the needs of the entire family, including Quicken 2005 for Mac, Nanosaur 2 and MarbleBlast Gold.

The 1.25 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $499 (US), includes:
  1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor
  512MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable to 1GB
  40GB Ultra ATA hard drive
  Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive
  ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32MB video memory
  One FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports
  10/100 BASE-T Ethernet networking and 56K V.92 modem
  Internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth
  DVI or VGA out (adapter included), composite/S-video out with optional adapter
  Built-in speaker and headphone/line out

The 1.42 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $599 (US), includes:
  1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor
  512MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable to 1GB
  80GB Ultra ATA hard drive
  Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive
  ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32MB video memory
  One FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports
  10/100 BASE-T Ethernet networking
  Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth
  DVI or VGA out (adapter included), composite/S-video out with optional adapter
  Built-in speaker and headphone/line out

The 1.42 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $699 (US), includes:
  1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor
  512MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable to 1GB
  80GB Ultra ATA hard drive
  SuperDrive (DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32MB video memory
  One FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports
  10/100 BASE-T Ethernet networking
  Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth
  DVI or VGA out (adapter included), composite/S-video out with optional adapter
  Built-in speaker and headphone/line out

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