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New iMacs, Mac minis to use 9400M platform

updated 11:45 am EST, Fri December 19, 2008

iMac and mini 9400M Leak

Apple's upcoming iMac and Mac mini refreshes will both use NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M or a variant of it when they launch, according to leaks referenced and investigated by AppleInsider. Mac OS X extension files for SMC and ACPI power management included with the 10.5.6 update make references to unreleased "iMac9,1" and "Macmini3,1" models that are specifically tied to using MCP79, NVIDIA's codename for the GeForce 9400M graphics and controller combo chipset.

The news virtually confirms significant redesigns of both systems as well as Apple's own statements that its relationship with NVIDIA would expand beyond the current MacBook platform. It also promises to significantly increase the base performance of the Mac mini, which currently uses a two-generation-old Intel GMA 950 integrated chipset for its graphics. The system is incapable both of the most modern OpenGL visual effects and of using newer technology such as DisplayPort, which Apple has also said it plans to introduce throughout all of its lineup, which should now include the next-generation iMac.

Notably, both entries also list the systems as being 2008 models, suggesting either pre-production models or an unintentional delay in their release.

Other features of the systems aren't mentioned in Apple's own text entries but have been hinted in past rumors. The iMac in particular is believed to be moving to quad-core chips thanks to a new, lower-power desktop design, while the Mac mini has been rumored both for the NVIDIA switch and for a dual hard drive option.

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  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999



    So the new Mac Mini will be 2.4Ghz or lower, possibly 2.2Ghz, will have nVidia 9400m graphics, a maximum of 4GB of (Shared) DDR3 RAM, mini DisplayPort, USB2 and no Firewire but possibly an eSATA connection instead. With a much? $699

  1. resuna

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2005



    Yes yes yes yes yes yes!


  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    It's called...

    Inventory glut.

    The MacBook Pro was delayed for the same reason. Now the MacBook Pros (2/2008) version is selling at $1,099/$1,199 (2.4/2.5).

    Exactly why the 2.4GHz 24" was selling at $1,299 just a few weeks ago.

  1. Sabon

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2005


    Finally after more than

    Finally after more than 500 days the Mac mini is going to be update. Not happy about no FireWire. Why is Steve s******* us on this? But at least it is finally being updated and I will be buying one.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: finally

    Don't count on it. People have been expecting the update for too long (and predicting it) to trust any reports.

    And, note, these are the same references that people took notice of and concluded the imminent release of the PowerBook G5!

    Oh, and the last time the mini got updated, it was a piss-poor update. If it does get updated this time, hopefully it doesn't have the same issues.

  1. imagine engine

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2007



    My wish is for the new iMac to offer the option on the 24" display for an Intel Core 2 Quad, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 280 with 1 GB frame buffer, 1 TB 10,000 RPM Hard Drive, Blu-Ray RW drive.

  1. eddd

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2001



    The mini is going to be one of Apple's main sellers soon, and may even outsell the iMac.

  1. chotty

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003


    Bah Humbug!

    Gimme a damned touch screen tablet already.

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