Apple reveals new Mac Mini

Apple announced its resdesigned Mac Mini on Tuesday, promising twice the graphics performance in a compact aluminum enclosure.

The new Mac Mini includes a HDMI port and an SD card slot. The new compact aluminum enclosure is only 7.7" square and 1.4" thin. Apple claims it's the world's most energy efficient desktop. “With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini", said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

Apple has reduced the overall system volume by 20% which has allowed it to include the new HDMI port, SD card slot and NVIDIA GeForce 320M GPU. The new Mac Mini comes with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320GB HDD and 2GB RAM as standard for $699 (£649).

Full Specifications:

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache
  • 2GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive® (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • four USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card slot
  • one FireWire® 800 port
  • one HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort
  • HDMI to DVI video adapter
  • combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
  • combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)

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asdavis10 said,

Very true. But the people bashing this product would probably never buy one even if it had an iX processor. Most people I know who own Mac minis have them connected to their TV or use them in very small spaces and they don't require serious performance from it. Or as workstations where most data is held on a server. I know very few people that use one as their main workhorse computer. There's always a price to pay for decreased size and portability. I just think a lot of people are complaining for no reason.


Continue telling yourself that. . .maybe some day you just might believe it.

Pam14160 said,

Continue telling yourself that. . .maybe some day you just might believe it.

Bit uncalled for, it's blindingly obvious in computing that bigger = cheaper.

Pam14160 said,

Continue telling yourself that. . .maybe some day you just might believe it.

And you post adds what exactly to the discussion?

ceminess said,
That price is crazy, with those specs. it should be priced 399 not 699, but I'm not surprised, thats apple for you

Name an alternative with the same form factor for cheaper.

vanillaketch said,

Dell Inspiron Zino HD

The most expensive version of that PC is still inferior spec wise to the Mac Mini and it is bigger, isn't aluminum (plastic), and uses more power.

Soldiers33 said,
Looks nice but thats about it, too expensive I can build a pc 10 times better for the same price if not cheaper.

...but it will be 20Xs bigger, consume more power, and will most likely be unattractive.

Has it become cheaper? No.
Has Apple given people good support? No.
Will I ever buy something from Apple? Nooooo!

Renato456 said,
Has it become cheaper? No.
Has Apple given people good support? No.
Will I ever buy something from Apple? Nooooo!

Why would Apple give good support to someone who has never bought something from Apple?

Renato456 said,
Has it become cheaper? No.
Has Apple given people good support? No.
Will I ever buy something from Apple? Nooooo!

Apple gives the best service in the industry so if that is not good enough for you I can only imagine the service you're getting now.

MarenLBC said,

Apple gives the best service in the industry so if that is not good enough for you I can only imagine the service you're getting now.


i bought from Apple and their support was horrible. iPod battery died at 7 months old and they wanted me to purchase AppleCare before they'd do anything to it. according to them they only cover the battery for 6 months, wtf? no one tells you this when you drop $350 on whats supposedly the best. whole phone convo was a big AppleCare salespitch too.

Madoshi said,

i bought from Apple and their support was horrible. iPod battery died at 7 months old and they wanted me to purchase AppleCare before they'd do anything to it. according to them they only cover the battery for 6 months, wtf? no one tells you this when you drop $350 on whats supposedly the best. whole phone convo was a big AppleCare salespitch too.

Then either they lied to you or you are lying because iPod batteries have always been covered by warranty for 1 year. I would say you are lying because in the USA, almost all consumer electronics are covered with a 1 year warranty out of the box.

SputnikGamer said,

Why would Apple give good support to someone who has never bought something from Apple?


I buyed an iPod touch in the past I meant I would never buy stuff of them in the Future. Why? Simple:
I bought it and it was broken at the age of four months from water damage (so say them) but the water indicator is white. I send it again asked for prove because I'f a product is not repaired under warranty you need to prove it's broken from something else. What is broken boxes (but they work with the alarm clock) and Wi Fi. Apple only gives a 1 year warranty unless you buy it in a store you get two.
I checked it out on the internet and typed in Apple + garantie (it's dutch for warranty) in google and even on the first page it is full of complains.

Disappointing spec but stunning design and packaging.. not sure why people are ever surprised but that's the Apple way.

Not sure I'd spend that kind of money on one but I must admit, it's a great looking piece of kit and would make an excellent HTPC - nice, discreet, quiet - not some old POS which you dragged out of the cupboard and stuck MythTV on!

Esvandiary said,

I wish this was a typo... But it's probably not. :\

No, it's not I stupidly hoped it had a significant education discount applied to it but I looked at I can get it for about £580. Nowhere near enough to make this even remotely tempting.

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