An Apple Corporate employee contacted the folks at Wired.com and leaked some news. Whether it is true or not is up in the air, so file this one under rumors for now. Word is that Apple will launch a new upgrade to the low-end Mac Mini at Macworld in January. The source wanted to remain […]
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New Mac Mini to Hit Macworld 2009?

An Apple Corporate employee contacted the folks at Wired.com and leaked some news. Whether it is true or not is up in the air, so file this one under rumors for now. Word is that Apple will launch a new upgrade to the low-end Mac Mini at Macworld in January. The source wanted to remain anonymous (of course) could only reveal that fact, and the release date of January 5th, 2009. That’s day 1 of Macworld. Booya.

While an upgrade to the Mini has been a long time coming, I can guarantee you that this announcement will not be the big news of the keynote? What will it be? A new gen iPhone? New MacBook Airs? Perhaps even a new Mac Tablet? Who knows… the speculation machine is just starting to turn over now, so many more rumors should be coming our way shortly.

Back to the Mac Mini. Below are the points that describe what Wired.com believes will be in the new Mac Mini:

  • Similar to the MacBooks, the Mac Mini will sport a silver enclosure composed of a block of aluminum.
  • Some internal parts will be PVC-free, and combined with its size and low power requirements, Apple will tout this as the “greenest Mac ever.”
  • For video output, the Mac Mini will use the DRM-crippled DisplayPort for connectivity, which Apple is offering to manufacturers for a no-fee license.
  • It’ll have a CD-DVD slot loader (i.e. Super Drive). There will be no Blu-ray player, because Steve Jobs believes the format is a “bag of hurt.”
  • It’ll ship with 2 GB of RAM, expandable to 4 GB — up from the current 1 GB, expandable to 2 GB. (The aluminum case should make expanding RAM easier than in the original Mini.)
  • It’ll ship with at least a 160-GB hard drive.
  • The Mac Mini will come in two options with different processor speeds: a 2.0-GHz Core 2 Duo and a 2.3-GHz Core 2 Duo (up from 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz).
  • Like the higher-end MacBook and MacBook Pro, the 2.3-GHz Mac Mini will ship with an Nvidia video card, making this higher-end model a decent gaming device.
  • The 2.0G-Hz Mac Mini will ship with an Intel video card, perhaps the GMA X3100 graphics card found in the low-end, white MacBook.
  • The slower model will cost $500, and the faster model will cost $700 ($100 less than the current Mac Minis), in light of the recession.

At any rate… it’s December 15th… Let the speculation about Macworld 2009 begin!

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