Mac Mini To Live On

Mac Mini To Live On

The “switcher's” Mac hasn't done so well in sales, but it seems that somebody in Cupertino thinks that at least having a low-cost Mac brings people into Apple Stores and thus the little Mac is going to get a refresh instead of the axe:

“Among the improvements destined for the new lineup are 45-nanometer Core 2 Duo mobile chips starting at 2.1GHz with 3MB of shared L2 cache, an 800MHz front-side bus (up from 667MHz), and a step up to the same Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics processor employed by the existing line of 13-inch consumer MacBooks.”

The release date is unclear, but currently retailers are experiencing a shortage of iMacs in preparation for a rumored update of that lineup.  It could very well end up being that Apple releases both the new iMac and Mac Mini together, or perhaps we'll see the Mini refreshed sometime down the road.
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It should be interesting to see what Apple does with the Mac Mini. While I am not particularly a fan of Macs, I do like their design aesthetics. A perfect example of this as recently demonstrated with the Air, even if it can't do a whole lot, at least it looks good doing nothing.

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this is very true kind of like the old bait and switch... people get in thinking a mac is relativly cheap then end up buying a bigger and bad-asser mac.

 

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then after they by the mac they have to buy a copy of windows 

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 We'll see, Apple has a bad habit of making neat designs but are fataly flawed.

 

Macbooks for example tend to be built from inferior parts.

 

Macbook Pro's are very nice, but will overheat simply by playing Half life 2 for an hour or two.

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I really do not think that it does worth it to invest in a Mac nowadays 

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 ohh sounds like they're putting the c2d T8100's in there, nice 35W mobile CPU.

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I know a family with a Mac Mini as their family computer.  But they do have others for the individual family members too.  I always liked the concept of it, but it costs too much to be worth it.  In addition to upgrading it, I would like a version with older (and thus cheaper) hardware.  As long as it can play high definition videos, it's powerful enough.  They could use really old Pentium Dual-Cores or something.  Anything that could get the price to a more reasonable $300-$400. 

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