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  • Apple Quietly Releases Unibody Mac mini w/HDMI


    Amid the hubbub of the iPhone 4 preorder and the news - first tipped by Kyle - that you can get one in any color so long as it's black, Apple slipped another change onto its online store. Computid, a MMi reader (and Craywiki maintainer) in the UK noticed early this morning what Apple failed to publicize: the Mac mini has gotten a speed bump, a sleek new aluminum unibody enclosure and an HDMI port.

    You can get the mini with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (instead of the 2.26 GHz P7550 on the previous model) or a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo which was previously available only as a build-to-order option. Both the CPUs have a 3MB shared L2 cache and a 1066Mhz frontside bus. The new model also has the NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics processor from the new MacBook, using 256MB of system memory, The standard model comes with 2GB of 1066MHz DD3 SDRAM, upgradeable to 8GB, and a 320GB or 500GB SATA hard drive and a slot-loading SuperDrive optical disc. The new Mac mini comes with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter in the box for legacy displays, and also has a mini DisplayPort connector supporting up to 2560x1600 video out.

    The server version of the mini is the same as the previous model with the exception that it now comes by default with the 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo. Otherwise, it's what we come to expect: the optical disc bay used for for a second hard drive, callowing dual 500GB 7200rpm SATA drives, 4GB of RAM, pre-loaded with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.

    The new Mac mini starts at $699 US and the server at $999.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Quietly Releases Unibody Mac mini w/HDMI started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      It does look amazing. Time to upgrade my old mini
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      Nice I was using adapters to get my mini on my 36" this should be great

      Just took a look that is on gorgeous peice of aluminum

      One*
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Another excellent update. Looks like this will be the version my parents will be purchasing! Quite happy I've convinced them to make the switch. :-)
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      I think I'm going to jump on the server edition.
    1. Maarten16's Avatar
      Maarten16 -
      No I have to choose.
      new mac mini or iPad
      can somebody help me???
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      I do love the way that new mini looks....great little piece of hardware for the money
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      looks sexy.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Wish they had a cheaper version with the HDMI. Would love one as a media center but not so much for $700.

      Quote Originally Posted by Maarten16 View Post
      No I have to choose.
      new mac mini or iPad
      can somebody help me???
      Will the Mac Mini be a primary computer? I am not a fan of the ipad, but if the mini wo't be your main computer I say get the ipad if you are set on one or the other.
    1. Maarten16's Avatar
      Maarten16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Wish they had a cheaper version with the HDMI. Would love one as a media center but not so much for $700.



      Will the Mac Mini be a primary computer? I am not a fan of the ipad, but if the mini wo't be your main computer I say get the ipad if you are set on one or the other.
      well.. I want to get rid of this huge case next to me, so main computer it is.
      Now using hackintosh, and I think it's about time to have a real mac
    1. PRKnight's Avatar
      PRKnight -
      damn man i really want one, but its so damn expensive, 700 bucks to be spent on a media center/secondary computer right now isnt ideal, especially with the iphone 4 coming out.
    1. radioboy's Avatar
      radioboy -
      The mini is always perpetually behind (the new one is still a Core 2 Duo) and the price has been creeping up since its launch. It's one of Apple's more disappointing products.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      This overpriced POS has a HDMI but the new more expensive and better MacBook Pro's didn't, FAIL!

      ^I'd rather get a iMac over the Mac Mini and iPad as over here in UK it's only 300 more and you get better hardware, a screen and keyboard and mouse.
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Selling my mini today for this bad boy.
    1. atomjack's Avatar
      atomjack -
      This + Plex = ultimate HTPC.
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      I like this refresh of the Mini a lot; HDMI, sleeker, and more. This will probably replace the Mini stolen from my apartment.
    1. NCMacMan's Avatar
      NCMacMan -
      This is way sexier than the old mini. Very nice refresh! I do understand why they didn't go to the latest Intel chipset designs. I'm sure it was due to heat/power consumption issues in such a compact enclosure. I guess this is where Apple is starting to show the difference with design and functionality trade-off. Where as other manufacturers are producing the fastest hardware with the greatest power consumption, Apple is trading off speed for power/heat reductions. Not a bad trade-off if you ask me. Besides, this will only appeal to people who are not heavy gamers anyway.

      I think Apple may hit another market sweet spot with this one.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I saw it this morning when Apple came back online. I think they look very sexy. I think I may get one to replace the Appletv in the main room.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      It's very sexy!

      Now, I want one! Could have used a newer processor though.
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by atomjack View Post
      This + Plex = ultimate HTPC.
      Truth.


      This is way sexier than the old mini. Very nice refresh! I do understand why they didn't go to the latest Intel chipset designs. I'm sure it was due to heat/power consumption issues in such a compact enclosure. I guess this is where Apple is starting to show the difference with design and functionality trade-off. Where as other manufacturers are producing the fastest hardware with the greatest power consumption, Apple is trading off speed for power/heat reductions. Not a bad trade-off if you ask me. Besides, this will only appeal to people who are not heavy gamers anyway.

      I think Apple may hit another market sweet spot with this one.


      700 for a Core 2 Duo and 320M... I am really irked that every new product release is STILL built on old tech. There are PLENTY of more effecient power/performance options than the setup that apple is using, so I would disagree with your assessment of their design choice on this one. If they were really looking for low power consumption, why not offer the mac mini on the ION platform and price it at 400? Or, for power AND low wattage consumption, they could have used the SU7400 or the new ULV Core i5/7's.

      Then again old tech didnt stop me from buying my latest phone...

      * Looks at his shiny new Xperia x10 running cupcake*
      /facepalm
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      i am about to throw my old mini on craigs