New Mac minis

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    Apple(R) today announced enhancements to its Mac(R) mini line, the most affordable and compact Mac ever, with 512MB of memory standard in every model and prices starting at just $499. The Mac mini also features built-in wireless networking with AirPort(R) Extreme and Bluetooth starting at just $599, and the ability to burn DVDs with a SuperDrive(TM) for just $699.

    "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(R) '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(R) 400 and two USB 2.0 ports for easy plug-and-play connections to popular peripherals such as Apple's market-leading iPod(R) 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(R), iMovie(R), iDVD(R), GarageBand(TM) and iTunes(R). 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(R) 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.

    Pricing & Availability

    Mac mini is available immediately through the Apple Store(R) (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in three standard configurations.

    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; and -- 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; and -- 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; and -- built-in speaker and headphone/line out. Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 1GB of RAM, SuperDrive (DVD+/-W/CD-RW), AirPort Extreme Card, 56K V.92 modem, internal Bluetooth module, wired or wireless Apple Keyboard and Apple Mouse and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

    Mac mini is also available to education customers in the US and Canada through the Apple Store for Education at www.apple.com/education/store or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL.

    *Actual speed will vary based on range from the base station, environmental conditions and other factors.
     
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    wow two really bad updates who wouldnt rather have a better graphics card than apx

    airport is really only important on a laptop

    and it still doesn't come with a keyboard and mouse

    lame
     
  4. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    if mini would be in media center use, then bluetooth would be essential. but so is the optical audio output, too. oh, well... now i still don't have to buy one :)
     
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    Absolutly terrible update why did they bother...
     
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