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New Mac mini slated for Macworld?

updated 10:15 am EST, Tue December 16, 2008

Mac mini Macworld Rumor

Apple is preparing an update to the Mac mini that would launch at Macworld Expo, says a rumor floated by Wired late Monday. The magazine claims to have been contacted by a non-retail Apple employee who says the miniature desktop will be unveiled at the start of the event but allegedly declines to mention more for fear of being identified as a source. Apple itself hasn't commented on the subject and has only said that there would be no new hardware in 2008.

Separately, AppleInsider claims that the story supports things it has heard regarding the introduction but again doesn't add more beyond existing rumors.

Most beliefs regarding the Mac mini update have suggested it may be a major revision based on statements made by Apple regarding its future product line. The company at its MacBook event in October stated that it would expand the use of Mini DisplayPort to all its Macs and that it would also expand the use of NVIDIA's mainboard platform to more of its lineup, though the computer designer hasn't said to what degree this would take place. One server colocation firm has also implied that Apple will allow a twin hard drive option and that the mainboard will finally recognize more than 3GB of memory.

While it's uncertain whether any introductions will take place at Macworld, as Apple has yet to confirm a keynote for the show that would normally indicate a product unveiling. However, the Mac mini hasn't been updated in hardware since August 2007, when it was updated to include then previous-generation Core 2 Duo processors.

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  1. njfuzzy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2001


    Mac mini vs Apple TV

    Why are these two products? Isn't there a great opportunity to sell something that can be used as either, and cut costs in the process?

  1. macdude22

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    Joined: Nov 2001


    Keep them seperate

    I don't need apple TV functionality in the mini. We use the extensively in dual boot classrooms across campus now and we've been looking forward to an update for a while.

    I wouldn't be adverse to a model with Apple TV functionality, just I'd like one without.

  1. dynsight

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    Joined: May 2005



    I use Mac Mini as an entertainment center, and it is WONDERFUL. Replaced stereo and DVD player. Use handbrake to digitize movies, watch netflix movies in Safari...

    But let us not forget that it is much more expensive than Apple TV AND it is a real, honest to goodness computer.

    My nephew has one and loves it. He has had it for almost three years, and it is not slow, and very responsive. It is running Tiger, and we will probably upgrade memory and OS this Christmas.

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002


    Upgrading video... run a 30" display would make much sense, and discrete video

  1. JackWebb

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    Joined: Aug 2007


    Please keep firewire

    Please allow me to have a Mac mini with both decent GPU and firewire. I'm not interested it buying something new just to do a tradeoff.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    Yep, we've heard these rumors for the last couple of years. Some day Apple's going to update this thing, and all the rumor-mongers are going to say "See, we told you!"

    And there's no reason they couldn't add AppleTV software to the mini and have it fire up just like Front Row does now. Then you can have your TV and computer in one.

    But I don't see it happening. Front Row is 'good enough' for the mini users (though I still refuse to upgrade my mini to 10.5 because of how they fried forward/backward in videos), and the AppleTV OS is used to help sell the AppleTV itself.

  1. JebNY

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    Joined: Dec 2008


    2 Monitor Support Please

    I really want support for 2 monitors. Firewire would be nice also.

    I want to replace my aging G4 tower and I don't need all the expandability of a tower anymore.


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