Earlier tonight, the Apple Store went down, and we all figured it was just so that they could get the pre-order page for the iPhone 4 up and running—imagine our surprise when we saw a completely redesigned Mac mini waiting for us as well. The new Mac mini looks gorgeous, sporting a redesigned aluminum unibody enclosure. Even better, this is the first Mac that has an HDMI port built right in, which makes this perfect for hooking up to a television to turn into a media centric computer. Other niceties include an SD card reader on the back, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Mini DisplayPort, and the NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics chip, which Apple says provides twice the graphics performance as the previous mini. Rounding things out are a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo chip, 2GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. The unibody enclosure was made in such a way that you could remove a panel on the bottom to easily get to the RAM—any owner of the previous Mac mini can attest to the horrific things you had to go through to upgrade the Mac mini RAM, so this is a welcome change.
The Snow Leopard Server model of the Mac mini remains as well, packing in two 500GB drives (and removing the SuperDrive,) alongside 4GB RAM and a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. You can order the new Mac Mini now for $699, while the server version sells for $999.
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We’ve think that it’s a travesty that the only Apple product to sport an HDMI port has been the Apple TV, especially when you consider that the Mac mini is pretty much the best Mac to have connected as a permanent part of your home theater setup. Well, it looks like that could possibly be changing with the next Mac mini refresh, is AppleInsider sources are to be believed. They’re saying that there are prototype HDMI-based Mac minis floating through the normal channels within the company, and one or more of them are based on the NVIDIA MCP89 chipset, which would mean that the mini would stay on the Core 2 Duo architecture rather than moving on to the newer Core i3, i5, i7 processors if that doesn’t change. Of course, this is all rumor for now and there’s no release date or any other official info on the HDMI mini, so take this all with a grain of salt.
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2009 is just about over, and we are just in time with our annual top 10 list of the most-watched Gear Live video episodes. Over the past year, as expected, there was a bunch of Apple gear that made the list, but Microsoft gets the top two spots with our Xbox 360 dashboard tour, and the Zune HD hands-on preview. Also getting an honorable mention is the Motorola DROID and Elgato Turbo.264 transcoding device.
Apple has updated the Mac mini today, giving the two configurations that were previously available a nice bump in the specs department, and also adding a third to the mix, that being a Mac mini server. Starting with the $599 Mac mini, it now sports a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor (previously it was 2GHz,) 2GB RAM (previously 1GB,) and a 160GB HDD (up from 120GB). Next step up from there is the $799 Mac mini, which has a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, and 320GB HDD.
As for the new server version, it sits in the same enclosure as the other Mac minis, but has no optical drive. Instead, they throw in a second hard drive. So for $999, you get a Mac mini that includes two 500GB drives, includes Snow Leopard Server, 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, and GeForce 9400M GPU. Definitely a good idea for a small business where an Xserve might be overkill, or even an advanced home network solution. The new Mac mini is available now.
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Well, between the Barnes & Noble Nook and this piece of news, tomorrow is shaping up to be pretty exciting. Our boy John Gruber is making it known that it’s his belief that Apple is going to be releasing a bunch of new hardware tomorrow. What’s on the a-frienda? Well, for starters, a much needed update to the plastic white MacBook line. You know, the one that get left all to its lonesome when the aluminum MacBooks went Pro? The Mac mini should also see a spec bump, including one version that runs OS X Server. Definitely interesting, I’d love to see how they position that one.
More interesting, though, are the claims of an “impressive” iMac redesign. We’ve been hearing so many rumors on where the iMac is going to go that we’ll have to wait and see what comes out of Cupertino tomorrow. At the very least, they’ll be thinner - but we’re not holding our breath for Blu-ray support.
Even more interesting are the mention of two currently unreleased products. The first being the Magic Mouse, a replacement for the Apple Mighty Mouse that would sport a multitouch surface. We can definitely see that happening, and being included with the new iMac line. The Mighty Mouse needs to be replaced, and a multitouch mouse would play nicely with Snow Leopard. There is also mention of a multitouch trackpad add-on for desktop Macs, like the iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro. It certainly sounds intriguing, and would give desktop Macs the full functionality set that are found on the notebooks.
Of course, we will have all the details for you tomorrow when things start popping off!
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Apple has been on a tear lately, releasing product after product in recent months. The newly designed MacBook Pros, the iPhone 3GS, the redesigned Mac mini, etc. We know a lot of you have been picking up this new Apple hardware, and we thought it would be prudent of us to recommend you get AppleCare for the devices you’ve bought. Here’s the trick though—don’t buy AppleCare from Apple. If you buy it from Amazon, you can get up to 30% off of the price that Apple will charge you for the same 3-year warranty. Even better, when you go to resell your Apple hardware, if you have an AppleCare Protection Plan attached to it, you get a higher resale value. We’ve compiled a list of the different AppleCare Protection Plans available for the entire line of Apple hardware, check it out, and seriously, consider an AppleCare Protection Plan:
UPDATE: We've posted the newest AppleCare Protection Plan links here - the following links are for previous gen devices:
- AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod touch/classic
- AppleCare Protection Plan for iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G; iPod shuffle 1G, 2G
- AppleCare Protection Plan for all versions of iPhone
- AppleCare Protection Plan - MacBook
- AppleCare Protection Plan - MacBook Pro
- AppleCare Protection Plan - iMac
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Pro
- AppleCare Protection Plan - Mac Mini
Apple recently updated the Mac mini, bringing us a newly redesigned version for 2009. We picked one up, and feature it in this episode of Unboxing Live! We show you everything included in the box, and also give you a look at the device itself, which now features a mini DisplayPort connection, as well as a bunch of USB ports. You can pick up a Mac mini at the Apple Store online.
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We know, you Mac mini fans out there have been waiting a long time for something—anything—from Apple, as it pertained to an update of the platform. That day has come, as the early 2009 Mac mini was added to the Apple desktop lineup this morning. Not too much has changed, but what you should know is that the new model sports five USB ports, a FireWire 800 port, the new mini DisplayPort, and a miniDVI port as well. Yup, that means you can use thing with your dual monitor setup. There are two models, both of which offer a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo processor, and 8x SuperDrive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics chipset. The $599 base model nets you 1GB of RAM and 120GB of hard drive space. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, the $799 model hits you with 2GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive. We’ve got an image of the ports for you, after the jump.
The new Mac mini is available for purchase now.
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The Mac mini has had a good run, but it sounds like Apple has decided to give the mini the ax. The smallest and cheapest Mac is no longer shipping or available for order, according to a couple large retailers in Europe say Gizmodo. Apple has a large financial call taking place today in which the mini is expected to get cut from the Mac lineup. Lets hope this is in preparation for an upcoming Mac mini (Mac nano?) at January’s MacWorld Expo as many suspected the mini to get a makeover, not a going away present.
The Mac Mini is still available on the Apple store, so you may want to get it now if you were thinking it over.
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We’ve been hearing rumors of Apple doing away with the Mac mini for quite a while now, and we were even surprised when the line received a refresh a couple of months ago. Now rumors are churning again that Apple might finally kill off the Mac mini, in favor of a new, slim Mac nano. As you can see in the image above, the Mac looks similar to an Apple TV, and includes an IR receiver. The question is - is this the Mac nano? As we all know, Leopard launches at the end of this month. We are expecting a few Apple announcements surrounding that - possibly an updated Apple TV, HD movies in iTunes, and some changes in the Mac line.
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