As iPhone 4 pre-orders kicked off, visitors to Apple’s website were greeted with a teensy surprise this morning, as the Mac mini has received its long-rumored long-efresh. Milled out of a solid chunk of aluminum, $699 base model comes with an 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, 320GB HDD, and a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics card. As expected, HDMI has replaced the DVI port (the Mini DisplayPort is still there) and a SD card reader now joins the four USB 2.0 ports and sole FireWire 800 port. If there’s no need for an optical drive in your life or if you just want something in the way of a compact server, there’s also the option of scraping it entirely and a nabbing a unit with a 2.6GHz processor, dual 500GB HDDs and 4GB of RAM for $999. More →
This morning we showed you an image of what might just be the Mac mini refresh after it was leaked around the interwebs last night. Skeptics across the web immediately dismissed it as a laughable Photoshop job and went to great lengths to prove their point. We were skeptical as well of course, but we still couldn’t dismiss it entirely. Sure it was a little blurry and the Firewire port and five USB ports might have been hard to swallow, but it’s now looking like the image could indeed be authentic. A new video originating on 9 to 5 Mac shows the unit in all of its glory and well… It looks very real. This is not to say it isn’t simply a hell of a home job, but if it is it could be one of the best we’ve ever seen. So hit the jump, feast your eyes and let us know if you think this is the real McCoy.
Late last night a photo that is purported to be of the butt-end of the upcoming new Mac mini surfaced on the internet causing quite a fuss within the Apple community. Starting with the most glaring specs we see there are five USB ports, one FireWire 800 port, Mini DisplayPort, Mini DVI and last but not least an RJ-45 ethernet connector. As for the guts of the Mac mini, it’s said to feature a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 3MB L2 cache, 2GB DDR3 RAM at 1066MHz and SATA hard-drive. In other words, if these rumors turn out to be true then we don’t see anything that would really cause a jump in sales over its predecessor. Then again this thing is just as capable as a low-end unibody MacBook and is likely to be half the price, which may help Apple access more frugal users as it continues its push to gobble up Windows users.