February 28, 2006

My Next Machine: The Intel Mac Mini

Update: 11:40pm-
1. Don't care for the iPod Hi-Fi. I'm sure Apple will sell enough. I don't want a bombox, no matter the sound.
2. Apple-branded leather iPod cases? See above. They sold 30,000 sets of iPod socks. This will sell way more than enough to justify Apple's foray into this accessory market.
3. Mac mini, even with a much-maligned integrated graphic card is more than enough for a typical switcher and a long-term procrastinator (like myself). The former will bring their existing hardware (keyboard, mouse, etc.) and the latter will have a greatly improved machine. My current Mac is more than seven...SEVEN years old. That's generations ya'll. I'll be blunt: FUKK GAMES!! I'm grown folk. I don't care about integrated graphic cards. I'll get one of those damm Mac mini mate-thingies and will be satisfied. Very satisfied.
4. Mac fanboys are the biggest bunch of pissy punks when they're unrealistic rumors are not realized. Look up their reactions to the original iPod, the Mini iPod, the iPod Shuffle, the Nano and hell, even the original Mac mini. 'Nuff said.

Taken directly from Mac Rumors, the newly introduced, greatly improved Mac mini will be my next Mac: Intel chip (including duo-core!!!, 3 - 4 times faster, FrontRow software, etc.).

More details , with more to come (maybe)--

10:25 am MacCentral: 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.

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. I'm mos def getting this configuration!

"Fifty percent of our entire product line is now available with Intel processors, in less than sixty days," said Jobs.
10:25 am iLounge: 'Let's talk about music.'
Jobs discussing iPod and iTunes numbers.
10:24 am iLounge: Second model with Core Duo - 1.67, 80GB drive + SuperDrive - $799
Both available today.
10:23 am Engadget: 10:20am PT - If you've got a Mac mini hooked up to a television in your living room, you'll be able to see the media that you've got on every machine you've got hooked up to your network in your house. And, of course, the Mac mini comes with iLife 06... widely regarded as the best in the industry. (SHOWING OFF iLIFE APPS) Let's look at the standard features in the new Mac mini, Tiger and iLife 06, Remote and Front Row, Airport Extreme and Bluetooth, DVI video out, SPDIF and analog in and out.
10:23 am iLounge: Standard features: Tiger + iLife '06, Apple Remote + Front Row, Airport Extreme + Bluetooth, DVI Video Out, USB, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet.
Price: $599
10:22 am MacCentral:The Mac mini appears physically the same as it did before, but it's 2.5x to 3.2x faster 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, depending on clock speed. For the Core Duo models, it's 4.8x or 5.5x times faster on those 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.
10:21 am Engadget: 10:19am PT - Demoing streaming video downloaded from iTunes over Front Row via Bonjour sharing. Releasing this as an update this week for the Mac mini and all other machines with Front Row.
10:21 am iLounge: Media from any other mac or windows computer running iTunes will be piped over to the Mac mini hooked up to your television set.
Mac mini comes with iLife '06.
10:21 am Engadget: 10:19am PT - Demoing streaming video downloaded from iTunes over Front Row via Bonjour sharing. Releasing this as an update this week for the Mac mini and all other machines with Front Row.
10:20 am Engadget: 10:17am PT - I guess they forgot to load the content on this mac mini, I guess I'll have to demo a new feature. "Shared music," uses Bonjour, allows devices to communicate seamlessly, and built that into Front Row. (DEMOS FINDING PHIL'S MACBOOK PRO, BROWSING HIS MUSIC FAST. STOPS ON COCAINE BLUES, BIG LAUGH
10:20 am Engadget: 10:15am PT - IR sensor is added next to the disc slot, the apple remote only uses six buttons, which is less than some of the other remotes out there (SHOWS MEDIA CENTER REMOTES WITH OVER 40 BUTTONS).
10:19 am iLounge: Can stream iTunes TV shows.
10:19 am MacCentral: It works similarly with shared albums using iPhoto, and shared videos.
10:18 am iLounge: Shared Photos - Same idea only for photos.
10:18 am Engadget: 10:13am PT - As you know, the Mac Mini has always been BYODKM, and it continues to be that way, you can use it without products if you want, looks the best of course, or you can use it with anyone's. Of course you can always hook it up to televisions. It doesn't plug into cellphones though. One of the other things we're adding to the Mac mini is Front Row, which means we have to add a remote control.10:09am PT - Introduced the iMac, doing really well out there, MacBook Pro reviews are off the charts, two of the things helping this transition are universal applications. Rosetta turned out to be much stronger than we thought it would be, running most PowerPC apps. Today we're introducing our third machine, the mac mini based on Intel's Core Solo processor.
10:16 am iLounge: -- New Feature --
Share Music - Bonjour technology, allows devices to find themselves automatically over a network.
10:15 am MacCentral: 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.
10:15 am MacCentral: 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.

Posted by ronn at February 28, 2006 01:29 PM

I may spring for a Mac Mini myself. Been considering a new desktop for awhile now, but waiting for the right one. Posted by: Bernie [TypeKey Profile Page] on March 1, 2006 08:58 AM
Bernie, As much as I want to open my wallet and be done with this old iMac, I will wait to make sure there isn't something spectacular on April Fool's Day (coincidentally Apple's 30th anniversary). Then I'll wait about 2/3 weeks to read the early reviews and finalize my configuration. With my taxes finally out of the way -- filed electronically, waiting anxiously -- I have no more excuses to wait. Posted by: ronn [TypeKey Profile Page] on March 2, 2006 09:46 PM