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 →
If you or anyone you know were planning on picking up a Mac mini over the weekend (don’t laugh, we’re serious), you might want to hold off because AppleInsider has it on good authority that the teensy weensy computer rig is due for a refresh in the coming weeks. AI is reporting that multiple independent sources who order Mac minis in large quantities were either instructed to order only what is urgently needed or wait a few weeks. One educational institution had its order fulfilment estimate changed from several days to June 14th. Two months ago AI reported that prototype Mac mini’s spotted by Apple employees had the DVI port swapped out for a HDMI port and the inclusion of NVIDIA’s MPC89 chipset. The last Mac mini refresh took pace last in October. More →
The iPad is such a hot commodity that, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky, U.S. sales of the slab-let have likely outpaced sales of Apple’s Mac computers. After a series of retail checks, which found most iPad retailers out of stock of the 3G model and very few Wi-Fi models left, Abramsky believes Apple is moving approximately 200,000 iPads a week versus 110,000 Macs. Abroad, where only recently customers were able to put in pre-orders, Abramsky believes Apple received orders for over 600,000 units. When all is said and done for calendar year 2010, the RBC analyst is predicting that Apple will have sold some 8,130,000 iPads. Not bad for gadget that costs, at the very least, $499. Could the iPad eat into Mac sales? Yes, to the tune of 25% according to the analyst. However, the drop in Mac sales didn’t diminish Abramsky’s price targets: $350/share with revenues of $59.7 billion for 2010. Yikes! More →
We’d say so! From $59 to $7,000, if you want an Apple product, there’s a pretty darn good chance you’ll be able to pick something in your price range. Simply brilliant. Full size image link after the break… More →
Its been a while since Apple updated their consumer line of Macbooks and iMacs — don’t even get us started on the Mac Mini — so it comes as no surprise that when the store when down this morning there was some new hardware hiding behind the curtain. The updated Macbook now has a thinner form factor, familiar plastic body construction with cleaner beveled edges, multitouch trackpad, and will feature a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The biggest performance increase would have to be in the graphics department, a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR2 SDRAM (shared) is now powering the 13.3″ screen. The revamped iMac will still have its svelte, familiar form but will now pack a 21.5-inch LED back lit display and sport a 3.01 or 3.33 GHz Intel C2D processor. Not fast enough for you? Upgrade to the 27-inch LED display and you can rock out with the quad-core Intel i5 running at 2.66 GHz or the i7 running at 2.8 GHz. The iMac will have 4 DIMM slots and support up to 16GB of memory. The Mini got a pathetic quick refresh in March but hasn’t seen any major form-factor or feature upgrades in recent year (yes, years). The new Mac Mini, gets the same neglect. Although it does get the same 256MB 9400M NVIDIA chip as the new Macbook the thrills pretty much end there. Upgraded hard drive storage and L2 cache just aren’t that exciting. Last, the best always comes last, the Mighty Magic Mouse. How about some gesture-based GUI navigation for your carpal tunnel? The Magic Mouse supports two fingered scrolling, swiping, and other advanced gestures all without the use of buttons. Check out the hotness!
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What better way to start off a work week than to completely ignore all of your responsibilities and order up a new OS for your computer? That’s right ladies and gents; tips came in droves earlier this morning to let us know that the Apple Store went down in the wee hours. Well it’s not yet back in action but Apple’s Mac OS page is up and it now bears info on the OS upgrade Mac users have been clamoring for… OS X 10.6, a.k.a. Snow Leopard. It was due to arrive in September but the final beta was issued way ahead of schedule so Apple apparently decided to launch it early. It’s definitely a smart move if you ask us — allow students to upgrade just before the new semester starts, as opposed to a week or two into their term when the panic finally sets in. Snow Leopard can be pre-ordered now and it will begin shipping this Friday, August 28th. The new OS will run you $29, as we’re sure you recall, and Family Packs run $49.
Gartner issued its computer sales numbers yesterday evening and we’re sure no one will be overly shocked by the following: Sales are down. Overall, PC sales dipped 6.5-percent with 67.2 million units shipped during the quarter. Things certainly could have been worse of course, and there is a bright spot amidst the darkness — HP managed to push its way into the number one sales slot in the US by a pretty wide margin, selling 13.3 million units to second place Dell’s 8.8 million. As far as Apple goes, its steadily-rising market share began descending in Q109 as was expected. The growth it spent the year achieving in 2008 was quickly erased; Apple started off 2008 with 7.5-percent of the market in Q1 and finished the year with over 8-percent of the market in Q4. Q1 2009 saw the company’s share drop back down to 7.4-percent. Eh, it was a good run.
There you have it folks — done and done. The Apple Store is back up, new gear is live and credit card portals are wide open. Keeping things nice and simple, Apple has taken one of its two standard routes and simply tossed out a bunch of refreshes sans-hullabaloo. Here it is, now buy it. So what have we got?
- $1199 (only 20″ model) – 2.66 GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 320GB HD
- $1499 (24″) – 2.66 GHz, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 640GB HD
- $1799 (24″) – 2.93 GHz, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, 640GB HD
- $2199 (24″) – 3.06 GHz, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 130, 1TB HD
- $599 – 2.0GHz, 1GB 1066 MHz DDRS SDRAM, GeForce 9400M, 120GB HD, 8x SuperDrive, Mini DisplayPort, mini-DVI, 5 USB Ports, FireWire 800 Port
- $799 – 2.0GHz, 2GB 1066 MHz DDRS SDRAM, GeForce 9400M, 320GB HD, 8x SuperDrive, Mini DisplayPort, mini-DVI, 5 USB Ports, FireWire 800 Port
- $2499 – 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3500 processor, 3GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, 640GB HD
- $3299 – Dual 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 processors, 6GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, 640GB HD
Apple definitely gave its desktop lineup a bit of an adrenaline shot, though it really didn’t come through with anything too Earth-shattering. What do you guys think? On a completely overshadowed note, Apple is now offering a 1TB Time Capsule for $500 (500GB for $299) and the AirPort Extreme Base Station, now capable of running two networks simultaneously, will run you $179 (old model is going for $159).
There’s nothing an Apple fan loves more than a yellow sticky note that reads “We’ll be back sson” and following a massive flurry of rumors, Apple has closed its online store this morning in the US and a variety of other countries. Countless fingers are crossed as several new part numbers had been discovered last night, allegedly covering refreshed iMac and Mac Mini models. What’s more, a new Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme were recently seen passing through the FCC which of course leads us to believe we’re in for more than just new computers this morning. So much for that March 24th event — it looks like Apple is as anxious to push out its refreshed gear as Mac users are to shell out cash for it. What are we most excited about? A potential end to the seemingly infinite speculation and rehashing surrounding the iMac and Mac Mini refreshes. Please Apple, get it over with already.
It’s not confirmed yet, but there is a rumor going around interwebs-town about an event that Apple plans to hold on March 24th. In other words, rumors of Mac Mini and iMac refreshes are now revived for the 6,432,871st time. Yay! Sources for this are unconfirmed, but word seems to be coming from more than just one place which is never a bad thing. If things pan out we can only hope Apple has something big in store for that date, especially since many of us have been left longing after being bombarded with so many iMac and Mac Mini rumors. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as news comes our way.
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.
Fanboys (and girls) were disappointed this year when Macworld ended without a bang, and more importantly, without an updated version of the Mac Mini. Just because the shindig is over doesn’t mean rumors are going to be squashed of course. A partner to NVIDIA, the company currently providing GPUs for MacBooks and MacBook Pros, said that there is a new unit the company is developing for the Mac Mini. Unfortunately, the news was almost solid until there was more speculation the GPU would be used for the Apple TV, but that unnamed NVIDIA partner stands by his or her claim that it’s coming to a refreshed version of the Mac Mini. All you Mac Mini fans out there waiting for a refreshed Mini to use as a media center, we’ll be sure to keep you informed as the news develops.