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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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

the price hike over the last model was uncalled for here. they could have turned this into a nice small factor computer if it came with a quadcore and cost a hundred less.

seta-san said,
the price hike over the last model was uncalled for here.

Faster base processor, larger base hard drive, lower power consumption (85W vs. 110W), higher max RAM, HDMI port, SD card reader, faster wireless (N vs. G), better graphics chip.

Yeah, nothing there that justifies a higher price LOL

roadwarrior said,

Faster base processor, larger base hard drive, lower power consumption (85W vs. 110W), higher max RAM, HDMI port, SD card reader, faster wireless (N vs. G), better graphics chip.

Yeah, nothing there that justifies a higher price LOL

Ridiculous. Hardware, especially OLD hardware gets cheaper as time goes by . The price for this is outrageous. The original mac mini was introduced at $499.

roadwarrior said,

Faster base processor, larger base hard drive, lower power consumption (85W vs. 110W), higher max RAM, HDMI port, SD card reader, faster wireless (N vs. G), better graphics chip.

Yeah, nothing there that justifies a higher price LOL

Some people will always find a reason to complain about something Apple does.

asdavis10 said,

Some people will always find a reason to complain about something Apple does.

True, but he's 100% right. This is all technology from YEARS ago.

Warbucks81 said,

Ridiculous. Hardware, especially OLD hardware gets cheaper as time goes by . The price for this is outrageous. The original mac mini was introduced at $499.

Name an alternative with the same form factor for cheaper.

excalpius said,

True, but he's 100% right. This is all technology from YEARS ago.

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.

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?

warwagon said,
Now someone go price the same computer on newegg and tell us how much someone is over playing for that.

Would be tough to do, as most people in their right mind wouldn't price it with a outdated CPU, opting to go for maybe the i3 instead, which would then be apples/oranges comparison, which will obviously make the Apple zealots cry foul.

$100 more. This is for those people that bought the iPad, got rid of their computers, and now realize they still need one. It just cost them $100 more to get back into the Apple world.

A price hike to help keep the "Mac's cost more" belief alive?

Pretty neat with a FireWire 800 port there. Things like that makes it stand out from the el cheapo builds. I also bet there are cost savings to make from its low power usage.

I can't really see this one doing quite so well, mostly because of the lackluster CPU - yet again. people are already expecting more from computers, to still be selling a core 2 Duo computer at that price range is a bit steep, but this is apple! but then this is most likely intels fault as they are being anti competitive again. I hope Intel sees a new lawsuit or fine.

it does look good, this new mini, but it doesn't make me say wow.

pros:
great form factor and probably more sturdier as well
complimentary to every other mac
HDMI
duct tape it behind your TV and no one would ever know it's there
power brick no more. seriously how did they do that?!
still keeps the super drive or dual hdd option
super easy to upgrade RAM, but that's about it

cons:
price but isnt this true for all Macs
...then again refurbished iMacs now look a whole lot more affortable
2GB RAM in baseline? this is silly in 2010
lack of bluray 'bag of hurt' drive
you'd think they would throw in an Apple remote...
the iphone 4 and i7 MBP is built out of cutting edge components.. this, not so much
form over function: SD card slot at the back? Why didnt they just put the superdrive towards the back while they're at it?!
did i mention price!

overall, a complete surprise and I hope they continue to upgrade this product line in due time. I would love MBP i7 components in the MacMini form factor one of these days.

AnthoWin said,
duct tape it behind your TV and no one would ever know it's there

Oh, I'm sure someone is going to make a VESA mount for it. Companies have already made them for the older Mac minis and the AppleTV. The only problem with that idea is getting a line-of-sight with the IR receiver for the remote.
super easy to upgrade RAM, but that's about it

From the placement of the fan next to the RAM, it looks like you'd be able to upgrade the CPU fairly easily as well (assuming that is the CPU fan, which it appears to be).

roadwarrior said,

From the placement of the fan next to the RAM, it looks like you'd be able to upgrade the CPU fairly easily as well (assuming that is the CPU fan, which it appears to be).

Upgrade the CPU, to what... another outdated Core 2 Duo?

roadwarrior said,

Oh, I'm sure someone is going to make a VESA mount for it. Companies have already made them for the older Mac minis and the AppleTV. The only problem with that idea is getting a line-of-sight with the IR receiver for the remote.

Why bother with IR?

".... Bluetooth 2.1+EDR"

bluarash said,

Upgrade the CPU, to what... another outdated Core 2 Duo?

+100

Get a small netbook. Just as easy to hide. All the ports, power, and features you need at 1/2 the price of this kiddy cube.

The device is beautiful, but that doesnt give me enough reason to upgrade any time soon. But good to see they put HDMI in all models. Ive always used a dvi to hdmi converter.
Besides I think next ill go with a MBP.

Nice. It's almost "throw in your bag" sort of size. Also good to see they finally ditched mini-DVI. Having the SD slot or maybe a couple USBs on the front would've been a bit more convenient.

Mike Brown said,
Nice. It's almost "throw in your bag" sort of size. Also good to see they finally ditched mini-DVI. Having the SD slot or maybe a couple USBs on the front would've been a bit more convenient.

i agree. but it'd break the architectural aspect of it. ie would look out of place as an Apple product

Looks nice, I was planing to get the old one and change the drive to blu-ray and use it as media center with windows 7 on it... but Now I have to wait and see how iFixit takes it apart to change the superdrive .... And it got more expensive

Tamilboy86 said,
Looks nice, I was planing to get the old one and change the drive to blu-ray and use it as media center with windows 7 on it... but Now I have to wait and see how iFixit takes it apart to change the superdrive .... And it got more expensive

Just going to buy one and just use Windows 7 on it? that's just bloody stupid dude

ZekeComa said,

Just going to buy one and just use Windows 7 on it? that's just bloody stupid dude

I think even Mac fanboys can safely say Windows Media Center over Frontrow...

jasondefaoite said,
Amazing that in making the Mac Mini smaller, they also got rid of the external PSU brick, now the PSU is internal

Much like the new XBox. It's a welcomed change.

mjcburr said,
Very nice, I welcome the removable panel on it. No more putty scraper

Yeah, definitely better designed.

Tanoru said,
Yet another overpriced fashion accessory.

I like how people think it's a crime to have something that looks nice on your desk/in the living room. Black plastic cases aren't cool.

what said,

I like how people think it's a crime to have something that looks nice on your desk/in the living room. Black plastic cases aren't cool.

Most PC cases aren't plastic.

what said,

I like how people think it's a crime to have something that looks nice on your desk/in the living room. Black plastic cases aren't cool.

Its only crime when the price is a rip-off

what said,

Black plastic cases aren't cool.

Huh? You fair at modern interior design. Black is MUCH better in a living room, home theater, hell, just about anywhere. It drops away in shadows during day or night.

Whereas cheap white glossy plastic...well, that's NEVER been a good idea.

excalpius said,

Huh? You fair at modern interior design. Black is MUCH better in a living room, home theater, hell, just about anywhere. It drops away in shadows during day or night.

Whereas cheap white glossy plastic...well, that's NEVER been a good idea.

White with black is a common and classy interior design trend. And you spelled fail wrong. http://bit.ly/b6wKnX

what said,

I like how people think it's a crime to have something that looks nice on your desk/in the living room. Black plastic cases aren't cool.

Nor it's a crime to say it's overpriced

what said,

I like how people think it's a crime to have something that looks nice on your desk/in the living room. Black plastic cases aren't cool.

Think a lot of people think it's something to look down on when people will spend a premium on a product because it looks nice compared to the competition. That's not fair.

However I personally think it's very fair when the product is in fact a tool rather than clothing, a car or other fashion accessory. It's a computer - a productivity tool. Make it look nice by all means if it stays functional - but people paying over the odds just because your tool looks nicer is crackers IMHO.

Anyone who replies maybe interested in a lovely aqua blue hammer with chrome trim and a glass head. £200.

LaXu said,
Looks like it'd make a pretty good HTPC, though the price is hardly cheap.

Did they increase the price? It sure looks like it if I remember correctly.

Damn, I thought the whole point of this thing was not only the form factor but it's position as an entry level Mac price-wise.

excalpius said,
There are far more powerful netbooks and laptops for MUCH less money. Ridiculous.

Where? show me.

Netbooks all use the Atom or the AMD counterpart, both are slower CPU then the Mini. They(laptops under $700) also have a much worse GPU then the Mini, they typically come with an Intel GPU . The closest thing is the m11x which also costs $100 more for teh base price then the Mini.

I'd love to see these "far more powerful netbooks."

Edited by AltimaXP, Jun 15 2010, 6:05pm :

Epic0range said,

Where? show me.

Netbooks all use the Atom or the AMD counterpart, both are slower CPU then the Mini. They(laptops under $700) also have a much worse GPU then the Mini, they typically come with an Intel GPU . The closest thing is the m11x which also costs $100 more for teh base price then the Mini.

I'd love to see these "far more powerful netbooks."

Lol. This is a comments section to a news post. People don't have to back up their outrageous claims with silly facts.

timmmay said,
Hmm I would have expected an i3...is that too much to ask?

I agree, as this is a new product design etc, you would expect it to have the latest gen cpu as we know how long it took them to update the last mini, this one could be here to stay for a long time...

Blame Intel. All of the current laptops using the Core iX series of CPUs either use Hybrid graphics (both integrated Intel GPU + a dedicated GPU from ATI/nVidia, which are switchable), or they just use the Intel one.

Intel have refused to license the Core iX series for use with an nVidia chipset.

satanist said,

Show me any other corei3/5 unit with similar form factor.

We've just received new fuji small forms at work as part of a project thats happening - they have an i3 and are small then these.

Fujitsu MPC-D1007 is the model.

TurboTuna said,

We've just received new fuji small forms at work as part of a project thats happening - they have an i3 and are small then these.

Fujitsu MPC-D1007 is the model.

The machine you are talking about is 165x168x57mm (roughly the same as the original Mac minis, which were 165x165x51mm), the new Mac mini is 197x197x36mm. So the Mac mini is a little wider and longer, but just over half as tall.

As others have noted, the reason for the lack of an i3 is Intel's refusal to allow nVidia to make chipsets compatible with it.

roadwarrior said,

The machine you are talking about is 165x168x57mm (roughly the same as the original Mac minis, which were 165x165x51mm), the new Mac mini is 197x197x36mm. So the Mac mini is a little wider and longer, but just over half as tall.

As others have noted, the reason for the lack of an i3 is Intel's refusal to allow nVidia to make chipsets compatible with it.

Seriously your math is crap. How come 36 is half of 57 or 51? and it is 32x32 mm bigger horizontally. Overall it does occupy less space but I dont think it is that noticeable.

adiaga said,

Seriously your math is crap. How come 36 is half of 57 or 51? and it is 32x32 mm bigger horizontally. Overall it does occupy less space but I dont think it is that noticeable.


While I agree the math is off, Apple is tooting their own horn over the unit dimensions, so any comparison size-wise, no matter how small, is fair game. Apple opened that door...

timmmay said,
Hmm I would have expected an i3...is that too much to ask?

Isn't the ix series a power sucking pig compared to the Core 2? That's one good reason.

TRC said,

Isn't the ix series a power sucking pig compared to the Core 2? That's one good reason.

Apple could always go with the ULV models if they wanted to. That's how Dell is pulling off putting i5's and i7's in the 11" Alienware laptop which also includes a GT 335 GPU (and integrated Intel for power saving). Though I don't think this is overly possible on Mac OS X as it uses nVidia Optimus, I could be wrong though.

adiaga said,

Seriously your math is crap. How come 36 is half of 57


Half of 57mm is 28.5mm, 36mm is 7.5mm more than 28.5mm, so I said it was "just over half as tall". Note the "just over" part?

TRC said,

Isn't the ix series a power sucking pig compared to the Core 2? That's one good reason.

Another good point. Apple does market this as the most energy efficient desktop computer in the world.

jasondefaoite said,
Blame Intel. All of the current laptops using the Core iX series of CPUs either use Hybrid graphics (both integrated Intel GPU + a dedicated GPU from ATI/nVidia, which are switchable), or they just use the Intel one.

Intel have refused to license the Core iX series for use with an nVidia chipset.

+10
Thank you for an intelligent post.

roadwarrior said,

The machine you are talking about is 165x168x57mm (roughly the same as the original Mac minis, which were 165x165x51mm), the new Mac mini is 197x197x36mm. So the Mac mini is a little wider and longer, but just over half as tall.

As others have noted, the reason for the lack of an i3 is Intel's refusal to allow nVidia to make chipsets compatible with it.


Um - or it's Apple's fault for refusing to use anything other than nVidia....

Intel won't allow nVidia - but will allow ATi, SIS, VIA, Intel and various others. Blame your system vendor for their limited choice of hardware.

Or just buy a PC.