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Mac mini To Evolve Into Digital Hub?
Tuesday November 29, 2005 3:24 AM EST

Think Secret is reporting that an Intel powered Mac mini will be reborn at Macworld Expo as the digital hub centerpiece it was originally conceived to be. The Mac mini's new features are rumored to include: Front Row 2.0, "TiVo-Killer" DVR application, built-in iPod Dock, and possible move to a 3.5" hard drive. The built-in iPod dock was rumored to be included on the first Mac mini and then later scrapped by Apple. The inclusion of a larger 3.5" hard drive may indicate the size of the Mac mini will be increased. Many enthusiasts have been critical of the Mac mini's slow 2.5" hard drive from the time it was introduced.

"Apple's Mac mini will be reborn as the digital hub centerpiece it was originally conceived to be, Think Secret sources have disclosed. The new Mac mini project, code-named Kaleidoscope, will feature an Intel processor and include both Front Row 2.0 and TiVo-like DVR functionality.

While the specific model and speed of the Intel processor in the new Mac mini is unknown, sources are confident the system will be ready for roll-out at Macworld Expo San Francisco, in line with other reports Think Secret has received that Intel-based Macs will be ready some six months sooner than originally expected.

The new Mac mini is also said to sport a built-in iPod dock, a feature that was scrapped from the Mac mini Apple first introduced one year ago. Other hardware specifics are unknown, such as whether the Mac mini will feature video recording out of the box or whether an add-on will be offered for those looking to employ the Mac mini not as a second computer but as their living room command center," notes Ryan Katz of Think Secret.

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