What you want in the new mac mini

Jimmieboy

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With rumours of an updated mac mini coming soo I thought it would be interesting to see what others think the mimi will have or what they want the mini to have. Heres mine:

Intel Core Duo 2 with speed bumps
Ability for 5.1 channel surround sound
Support for a 30" apple cinema display (awesome but not likly)
 

Chundles

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Jimmieboy said:
With rumours of an updated mac mini coming soo I thought it would be interesting to see what others think the mimi will have or what they want the mini to have. Heres mine:

Intel Core Duo 2 with speed bumps
Ability for 5.1 channel surround sound
Support for a 30" apple cinema display (awesome but not likly)
1. Cheaper
2. Cheaper
3. Cheaper
 

generik

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I'd go with cheaper, I don't mind it not having discrete graphics and stuff, all I need is basically:

1) Core Duo
2) 2GB of ram
3) make the base config cheap!
 

Chundles

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MacsAttack said:
Want..

Quad 3GB Core 2 Duo
16 MBytes memory
FX4500 graphics card
2 TB HD capacity
Superdrive
Awesome idea, keep it cheap by skimping on the RAM. Only 16MB - genius. ;)
 

Jimmieboy

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Yes. I agree with cheaper. It's a pity that all the prices of macs have been pushed up since the transition to intel. I would have thought that since windows based PC's use intel processors they would have been cheaper. They must cost more to manufacture or something.
 

Chundles

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Jimmieboy said:
Yes. I agree with cheaper. It's a pity that all the prices of macs have been pushed up since the transition to intel. I would have thought that since windows based PC's use intel processors they would have been cheaper. They must cost more to manufacture or something.
They do, well, the Core chips do (I know Yonah isn't a Core chip but you get my gist) but Apple went with new and good rather than old and acceptable. Prices will fall again as production ramps right up.
 

emptyCup

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Cheaper is something Apple only does when a) its costs drop dramatically or b) it has nothing else to do. I would be surprised to see Same but Cheaper heading into the Holiday season.

Which would you rather have: Same specs, Cheaper price or Same price, Better specs? My guess, not that I am good at this, is that we will get a faster processor with, perhaps, better integrated graphics.
 

Chundles

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emptyCup said:
Cheaper is something Apple only does when a) its costs drop dramatically or b) it has nothing else to do. I would be surprised to see Same but Cheaper heading into the Holiday season.

Which would you rather have: Same specs, Cheaper price or Same price, Better specs? My guess, not that I am good at this, is that we will get a faster processor with, perhaps, better integrated graphics.
Same specs, cheaper price. Definitely.

Our Mac mini prices went up considerably with the Intel models, $1250 for the Core Duo model is just a tad too much...
 

clevin

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emptyCup said:
Which would you rather have: Same specs, Cheaper price or Same price, Better specs? My guess, not that I am good at this, is that we will get a faster processor with, perhaps, better integrated graphics.
same specs, cheaper, hands down
"Core2Duo"? should be called "get this one, pay me for for something you don't really need"
 

Josias

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I hope they make one model, just like with the MacPro's. Also, there is no Core 2 Solo;)

What I think it will be:
1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo (BTO 2 GHz)
512 MB RAM (1x512 MB)
80 GB 2.5" HDD (up to 120 GB)
Intel GMA/965 64 MB DDR2
8x DVD+/-RW DL
$599

What I want it to be:
1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo (BTO 2 GHz)
1 GB DDR2 RAM (2x512 MB)
160 GB 3.5"HDD (up to 500 GB)
Ati Radeon X1300 64 MB GDDR3 (BTO 128 MB+DDL)
16x DVD+/-RW DL
$599
 

freebooter

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I have a ppc mac mini. It's been fine but....
I want something like an iMac without the screen. i don't care if it costs more than a mini, and if they have to make it bigger (a midi cube?). Right now, I'm finding the 1.42 too slow in CS2 and it has trouble processing some video codecs. So, I want speed, cpu and gpu (and maybe dual screening).
 

Fedge

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1. Cheaper base configuration ($499 was a good price point)
2. 3.5" HDD.

I could care less about graphics. If you're buying a $499 mac to play games, you need to re-think your strategy. But the ability to put a full size, 3.5" (750GB!) HDD in there would be AWESOME. The possibilites as a web server, or a media server would be endless.
 

jmsait19

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i'd like to stop right here the use of the term "midi cube." MIDI is Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is used to interconnect things in the "music sphere." So I would like to start a coalition to abolish the use of the term "Midi Cube" as a reference to a mid-size Mac.

(Plus, I had a MIDI class in college and I hated it and I would like not to be reminded of it in a place that I love so much.)
 

clevin

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mac mini now is incredibly over-priced. Apple is ripping people off on this. So next step obviously should be the lowering of the price to $450/$600 level.
 

kered22

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I have one of 1.6Ghz core duos and I really like it, doesn't need a whole lot more given it's market.

But at the same time... I'd love to see the Cube concept brought back, maybe expand it into a slightly bigger enclosure. Put a Conroe in there, 4 RAM slots, room for 2 hard drives at least, upgradeable PCI express graphics card. I'm guessing it won't ever happen, but if Apple did put a system like that out, at the right price point, it'd sell great.
 

srf4real

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It would be nice for the new mini to come with a built in mind reader so I didn't have to type so much. And a transporter like on Star Trek!