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broosten
Dec 21, 2008, 03:37 PM
I had nothing to do today, so I mocked this up:
http://i40.tinypic.com/30cm73d.jpg
Thoughts?

Jamesfolo
Dec 21, 2008, 03:42 PM
[QUOTE=broosten;6795320]I had nothing to do today, so I mocked this up:

Not symmetrical enough, cool idea with the aluminum though

JG271
Dec 21, 2008, 03:52 PM
Putting CDs in so low to the desk doesn't make a great deal of sense to me.
I don't think it would have a curved top, maybe not a curved bottom either as that is how the current mini draws air in.

Also, i'd have to be quite long to be that thin and accommodate an optical drive and a superdrive.
I'm expecting to see a lot more like this over the coming weeks...

zioxide
Dec 21, 2008, 04:00 PM
how do you expect to fit a hard drive and optical drive in only 0.95 inches?

Slowstick
Dec 21, 2008, 04:01 PM
Putting CDs in so low to the desk doesn't make a great deal of sense to me.
I don't think it would have a curved top, maybe not a curved bottom either as that is how the current mini draws air in.

Also, i'd have to be quite long to be that thin and accommodate an optical drive and a superdrive.
I'm expecting to see a lot more like this over the coming weeks...

You people are so negative. :) I think it is a great concept design! Kudos!!!!

Schtumple
Dec 21, 2008, 04:01 PM
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/158723/Hosting%20Folder/30cm73d.jpg.jpg

There, fixed.

UMHurricanes34
Dec 21, 2008, 04:02 PM
how do you expect to fit a hard drive and optical drive in only 0.95 inches?

Lots and lots of NAND?

Slowstick
Dec 21, 2008, 04:02 PM
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/158723/Hosting%20Folder/30cm73d.jpg.jpg

There, fixed.

Nice........:D

broosten
Dec 21, 2008, 04:04 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/2cdu5nr.jpg

Oh, I see you've beat me too it.

And they seem to be able to do it with laptops, 1.8" HDDs.

zioxide
Dec 21, 2008, 04:07 PM
And they seem to be able to do it with laptops, 1.8" HDDs.

1.8'' hard drives are crap. The reason you can fit an optical drive and hard drive in a macbook/pro that thin is because they're next to each other. In your mock up, it looks like the drives would be stacked. That wouldn't work. I don't think you could physically fit an optical and hard drive stacked in that design, and even if you did, they would be way too close together which would cause massive overheating and hard drive failure.

miki66
Dec 21, 2008, 04:09 PM
i love the aluminum surface;)

duncyboy
Dec 21, 2008, 04:16 PM
I think the '09 Mini will be purely a spec bump- same price point and same design, no new case.

HOWEVER- I do love the above designs- particularly the second one- would dearly love Apple to release something similar one day.

xper
Dec 21, 2008, 04:32 PM
The last design looks great, i hope the new mini will look something similar, the problem is that i want to be able to use a 3.5" harddrive, those 2.5" is just to small. :S

Scarlet Fever
Dec 21, 2008, 04:38 PM
I reckon it'll look the same as the current one, but with black glass on the top and it'll have mini displayport.

backsidetailsli
Dec 21, 2008, 04:40 PM
very cool

pjarvi
Dec 21, 2008, 04:40 PM
Y'all forgot the IR port for the remote control.

xper
Dec 21, 2008, 04:43 PM
I quite like this concept to, looks almost the same as the current but with some minor tweaks:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3126/3121325291_b03294936e_o_d.jpg

basesloaded190
Dec 21, 2008, 04:45 PM
really like that ^^^^, but i think it would just make more sense to keep the optical drive with the rest of the unit. I don't think they will change the looks much of the mini, if it ain't broke don't fix it

Slowstick
Dec 21, 2008, 04:47 PM
really like that ^^^^, but i think it would just make more sense to keep the optical drive with the rest of the unit. I don't think they will change the looks much of the mini, if it ain't broke don't fix it

I highly doubt Apple will not include an optical drive on a DESKTOP computer. That would kill the Mini line.

basesloaded190
Dec 21, 2008, 04:51 PM
I highly doubt Apple will not include an optical drive on a DESKTOP computer. That would kill the Mini line.

even though i rarely use the one on my macbook and could do with out, i still think its a necessity for most and we aren't there yet where we can download everything or have no need for CDs/DVDs

xper
Dec 21, 2008, 04:57 PM
Yeah but if the price would be the same with a Mac Mini that had a built in optical drive as a Mac Mini without the optical drive + a standalone drive it would be perfect.

I really like the small formfactor and if the Mini could be as small as possible i would love it, i like the fact that i can put it on the monitor stand och hang it under the table where nobody would ever see it.

Just one thought, wouldnt it be better if the connectors where at the bottom of the unit in the picture i posted? Now if someone would plug every cable into the Mini it would probably hang down and block the airflow.

broosten
Dec 21, 2008, 04:59 PM
really like that ^^^^, but i think it would just make more sense to keep the optical drive with the rest of the unit. I don't think they will change the looks much of the mini, if it ain't broke don't fix it

Well the appearance is out of swing with the rest of the line, it needs some shiny black and/or darker aluminum, so in a sense, it is "broken".

duncyboy
Dec 21, 2008, 05:02 PM
Apple won't ditch the optical drive for the Mini for a while yet.

1) It's a switcher-magnet. People might consider going for Apple but not if the cheapest option doesn't have an optical drive without having to fork out for an external drive.

2) A lot of people use a Mini as a media-centre. Kind of pointless having a potential media centre with no optical drive when you're selling Apple TV's also.

davedepinoy
Dec 21, 2008, 05:39 PM
Looks great, there's nothing much you could change with a Mac Mini unit (or with any other Mac product as they ran out of ideas but that's other topic) so lowering the disc slot is a pretty original design key plus it's pretty stylish.

A lot of people class the Mac Mini is an entry level unit so I think as well as DVI output (and/or a Mini-Display/HDMI/etc) there should be a DVI-input, making it act like a mini KVM switchbox. For those PC users who don't want to fully switch yet but wanting the luxury of switching to and from a Mac and a PC with the use of one monitor, and peripheral interface devices in sync to both systems also.

Schtumple
Dec 22, 2008, 05:34 AM
I quite like this concept to, looks almost the same as the current but with some minor tweaks:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3126/3121325291_b03294936e_o_d.jpg

In all honesty, that kind of makes sense, I'd prefer it if it came with the optical drive, but it was a removable option, rather than it didn't come with it, and you had to pay more to have it.

November
Dec 22, 2008, 05:44 AM
Damn, those are some sexy concepts.

Dont Hurt Me
Dec 22, 2008, 05:50 AM
Damn, those are some sexy concepts.

They do look good but......Aluminum has been out for some time. My guess is a new direction maybe black or black glass or something. Perhaps colors again who knows but one thing is certain and apple likes change and likes to lead the pack in styling.

Schtumple
Dec 22, 2008, 06:11 AM
They do look good but......Aluminum has been out for some time. My guess is a new direction maybe black or black glass or something. Perhaps colors again who knows but one thing is certain and apple likes change and likes to lead the pack in styling.

They've only just moved into a alluminium and glass lineup, why change it now, to be honest though, if it goes along the same style as AEBS/TC, surely it's going to be all plastic, but I get the feeling, the plastic look is being held for peripherals, not computers, Whitebook aside.

I'd like to see a black glass top though, look very classy.

queshy
Dec 22, 2008, 08:08 PM
Pretty nice - a bit ambitious I must say. Move the optical drive up a bit. And I'm sure that thing would get toast-y.

GregBoccuti
Dec 22, 2008, 10:15 PM
I'm kind of hoping that apple will redo mini to look more like the mac pro.

Stephen73
Aug 11, 2009, 08:07 AM
Sorry I'm not reducing the size and all futuristic on this idea, I'm instead trying to boost the insides.

With this design we could, realistically, get a dedicated graphics card and lots of RAM inside without huge amounts of time and money being spent on R&D by Apple.

I propose calling it the Mac Midi instead of the Mini.

http://www.impasto.co.za/misc/Mac-Midi.jpg

Krafty
Aug 11, 2009, 08:19 AM
Pretty good. but no floppy drive = fail.

Finlandboy
Aug 11, 2009, 10:17 AM
Pretty good. but no floppy drive = fail.

how could they forget tht, its a necessity these days

Krafty
Aug 11, 2009, 10:22 AM
how could they forget tht, its a necessity these days
Those things are tanks, they don't break as easily as CD's.
Although everytime I would put one in, it sounded like the computer was giving birth.

fireshot91
Aug 11, 2009, 10:31 AM
Those things are tanks, they don't break as easily as CD's.
Although everytime I would put one in, it sounded like the computer was giving birth.

EVERYTIME YOU PUT IT IN?


Not when you open IE 3?

Perrumpo
Aug 11, 2009, 10:32 AM
This was my one from a while ago:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/agt144/black-mini.jpg

Xavier
Aug 11, 2009, 12:56 PM
This was my one from a while ago:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c383/agt144/black-mini.jpg

I like it. Looks similar to the iMac.

Krafty
Aug 11, 2009, 02:44 PM
EVERYTIME YOU PUT IT IN?


Not when you open IE 3?
No, the only windows I ever owned was a Compaq Precario. I was talking about the big white Mac with the CD & floppy drive mounted below the screen.

I remember those days, I would sit and record things through the mic for no reason. But then we got floppies, and i remember putting one in and thinking it was going to explode or morph and eat my scrotum.