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    new mac mini

    Just a quick update during the keynote speech, or whatever its called.

    There are now 2 new Mac Minis

    The entry-level Mac mini system, available starting today, is a 1.5GHz Core Solo system with 667MHz bus, 512MB RAM, 60GB SATA hard drive and "Combo" DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive for $599 -- $100 more than the previous base model.

    The 1.67GHz Core Duo-based model features an 80GB SATA internal hard disk and 8x "SuperDrive" that can burn DVDs as well as CD-Rs, for $799.

    All have Front Row, IR remotes, 4 USB, and 5.1 OUTPUT.

    BUT by the time you read this just goto apple.com/store for specs.

    so if you want a NEW macmini, go for it.

    otherwise, as we all know, the G4 Mac Mini (whose price will now drop significantly) will run any frontend (cough cough, if there ever is one for OSX) perfectly well.

    making this new iLounge an awesome boon to those interested in Macarputers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdashiki
    BUT by the time you read this just goto apple.com/store for specs.
    Nope, still down. Or maybe that is making comentary about how often I check my web forums

    Someone with more recent hardware experience that myself, please clarify something. Does the specific mention of SATA dictate that they are now 3.5" drives (find it hard to believe if it's true that the form factor hasn't changed) instead of the old 2.5"? That will be the real desiding factor of G4 vs Intel (*shiver*) for me (though I really like the built-in IR remote idea....).

    -dave

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    from MacCentral

    Apple Event Live Update
    By Peter Cohen

    Macworld’s live coverage of today’s Apple event has concluded. Please visit our News Page for the latest headlines.

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage of Apple’s own Town Hall facility at its Cupertino campus. Apple is introducing fun things today, he said — “medium scale things, but our customers want all of them.” Among the offerings is a redesigned Mac mini featuring Intel microprocessors and an iPod Hi-Fi — an integrated stereo system designed to accommodate all the dockable iPods ever made.

    Jobs told the assembled reporters that Apple is on track to convert its entire professional line of Macintosh computers to Intel CPUs this year. Apple tested those waters in January when it began shipping its mid-range consumer model, the iMac, with an Intel chip inside.

    “The reviews are the best we’ve gotten for any machine we’ve ever shipped. and we also announced the MacBook Pro, we started shipping it last week. Lot of customers have already gotten theirs, again the reviews are off the charts.

    Mac mini goes Intel

    Jobs introduced the new Intel-based Mac mini, Apple’s low-cost consumer desktop system. The base model features an Intel Core Solo CPU — a single-processor, single-core CPU. But the company is also introducing a Mac mini that features Intel’s Core Duo processor — the same kind of CPU that powers the iMac and MacBook Pro.

    The redesigned Mac mini features gigabit Ethernet, a total of four USB 2.0 ports, analog and SPDIF audio outputs and more.

    “And, of course, you can also hook it up to televisions,” Jobs told the audience. It’s been widely speculated that Apple might use today’s event to introduce a Mac model with better home entertainment integration.

    The new Mac mini, like its iMac sibling, features Front Row, an application that makes it possible to view movies, listen to audio, watch music videos and more from your Mac, in full-screen, using an infrared remote control from across the room. The Mac mini now sports an infrared sensor in the front of the Mac min, next to the machine’s optical disk drive slot.

    As demonstrated by Jobs, Front Row now has a new feature — the ability to support shared music libraries accessible through iTunes. So using Front Row, you can listen to the contents of other machines running iTunes on the same subnetwork. It works similarly with shared albums using iPhoto, and shared videos.

    The Mac mini appears physically the same as it did before, but it’s 2.5x faster on integer calculations and 3.2x faster in floating point calculations than its predecessor (using the same benchmarks Apple offers for the iMac and MacBook Pro), thanks to the inclusion of the new Intel Core Solo CPU. For the Core Duo models, it’s 4.8x faster in integer calculations and 5.5x times faster in floating point calculations on those same tests.

    The updated Front Row application is also being offered to users of other Macs running Front Row — Jobs is calling it “Front Row with Bonjour,” Apple’s nomenclature for zero-configuration networking.

    Predictably, the new Mac minis also feature iLife 06, Apple’s recently refreshed suite of applications that includes iTunes, iPhoto, iDVD, iMovie, GarageBand and iWeb. Also standard is Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger,” a remote control, Front Row, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, four USB 2.0 interfaces, FireWire 400, GigaBit Ethernet, DVI video out, and Dolby Digital 5.1 and analog audio in and out.

    Also worthy of note is that the new Mac mini features integrated graphics on the motherboard in place of a discrete ATI Radeon 9200 graphics chip that was on the G4-era model.

    The entry-level Mac mini system, available starting today, is a 1.5GHz Core Solo system with 667MHz bus, 512MB RAM, 60GB SATA hard drive and “Combo” DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive for $599 — $100 more than the previous base model.

    The 1.67GHz Core Duo-based model features an 80GB SATA internal hard disk and 8x “SuperDrive” that can burn DVDs as well as CD-Rs, for $799.

    “Fifty percent of our entire product line is now available with Intel processors, in less than sixty days,” said Jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamgnat
    Nope, still down.
    Online now but very slow..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacUsers
    Online now but very slow..........
    Yeap. The main apple.com site is much faster actually, though they are still updating some sections (they had the new Mini link on the main page, but the first 10 times I followed it I was getting a garbled version of the old Mini page. Looks good now though (I noticed the QTVR stuff for the Mini and HiFi still aren't there though).

    -dave

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    Does anyone know if the iMacs (G5/Intel) or the MacBook have been hacked to use the IR port for something else? Does it it even need to be hacked or is it a port you can attach to?

    I'm thinking that this could be really cool feature for any interface rather than requiring a touch screen (I am a fanatic about finger prints on screens. Ever want a broken finger, come to my cube and stick your finger on my monitors )

    -dave

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    With SATA drive, do you guys think it gonna be better than the previous one?
    I'm still trying to decide whether I should open my Mini that I received just this morning....

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    The price bump is lame.

    BTW, some have reported getting the old G4 mini for $299 on clearance at their local best buy.

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    Does anyone know if this is available in Canada?

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    it looks really good i might even go for it instead of a in-car pc just because you could put cd's in easily in your dash, you can use frontrow and have the infared remote, since before you needed a special remote with special drivers. I wish someone could get frontrow to work well as a touchscreen. Also if frontrow had gps it would be the perfect solution. o well too bad

    Any ideas if you use this for music/videos/dvds, what you would use for GPS? are there even any good gps solutions out there

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