Apple Debuts Sleek New Mac Mini: $699 With HDMI, No Blu-ray

Apple Debuts Sleek New Mac Mini: $699 With HDMI, No Blu-ray

Well, this is interesting. On the same day that Apple saw their servers completely overloaded by people trying to pre-order the iPhone 4, the company also introduced a new computer. One that you can't order because of all those people crashing the iPhone servers. The Mac Mini has been around for years, and it has looked largely the same forever. Now, Apple has finally decided to push the Mini into the "unibody" category already occupied by the MacBook and MacBook Pro families.


The new Mac Mini is slimmer, sleeker and much more beautiful. It's like a silver/aluminum Apple TV in a lot of ways. It's far less bulky and is more capable of being used as a TV-connected media center. The only two things that are missing from it being an ultimate HTPC are a TV tuner and a Blu-ray drive. Even now, Apple is refusing to give users an option to add a Blu-ray drive, despite the fact that Apple went so far as to add an HDMI port. Add an HDMI port, but hold back on the Blu-ray? Not sure that makes a lot of sense.


The new Mac Mini is a bit more expensive than the last, starting at $699. That gets you a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, a 320GB hard drive, 2GB of memory, SD card reader, Wi-Fi, NVIDIA's GeForce 320M GPU and a case that measures 1.4" tall. There's also a unique Server version that does away with the optical drive entirely in favor of adding another internal hard drive, and it ships with Snow Leopard Server, 4GB of RAM, a 2.66GHz Intel processor and a $999 MSRP. It's a great option for those in need of a bedroom or living room computer, but the inability to add Blu-ray really hurts it as an HTPC. Almost, Apple!

Apple Unveils All New Mac mini

CUPERTINO, California-June 15, 2010-Apple® today unveiled a completely redesigned Mac® mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an amazingly compact aluminum enclosure. Mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desktop and starting at $699, is the most affordable way to enjoy Mac OS® X, iLife® or Mac OS X Snow Leopard® Server.

"The sleek, aluminum Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini."

Created with the unibody construction process pioneered by Apple, the new Mac mini features a compact aluminum enclosure just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. A new integrated power supply eliminates the need for an external power adapter, reducing overall system volume by 20 percent and keeping cable clutter to a minimum. A removable panel underneath provides quick access for memory expansion. Mac mini is incredibly versatile, effortlessly connecting to existing peripherals such as mice, keyboards and digital displays, while the new HDMI output connects Mac mini to an HDTV and the new SD card slot enables easy transfer of photos and videos from a digital camera.

Inside its sleek, compact enclosure, the new Mac mini includes the fastest integrated graphics processor on the market today. With 48 processing cores, the NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor delivers up to twice the graphics performance of its predecessor, making Mac mini ideal for graphics intensive applications or visually rich games. Mac mini comes standard with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320GB hard and 2GB of RAM for $699.

With twice the graphics performance, the new Mac mini is still the world's most energy efficient desktop.* The new Mac mini reduces power consumption by an incredible 25 percent to less than 10W at idle, less than half the power required by competing systems. Mac mini meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status.** The new aluminum enclosure is highly recyclable and Mac mini uses PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants and features material-efficient system and packaging designs.

Mac mini comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple's innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto®, to easily organize and manage photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand® which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server fulfills all the server needs of a workgroup or small business including email, calendar, file serving, Time Machine® backup, Wiki Server, Podcast Producer and more. Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server uses less than 11W of power at idle, a fraction of the power consumed in comparison to typical entry-level tower servers.*** Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server is faster than before with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, two 500GB hard drives now running at 7200 rpm, 4GB of RAM and supports unlimited clients for $999.

Pricing & Availability
The new Mac mini is shipping today and will be available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $699 (US), includes:

* 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache;
* 2GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB;
* a slot-load 8X SuperDrive® (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
* 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
* NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
* AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
* Gigabit Ethernet;
* four USB 2.0 ports;
* SD card slot;
* one FireWire® 800 port;
* one HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort;
* HDMI to DVI video adapter;
* combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack); and
* combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack).

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB hard drive running at 5400 rpm, Apple Remote, Aperture™ 3, Final Cut® Express 4, Logic® Express, iWork® (pre-installed), Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple 24 inch LED Cinema Display and the AppleCare® Protection Plan.

The Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server, for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), includes:

* 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache;
* 4GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB;
* two 500GB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm;
* NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
* AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
* Gigabit Ethernet;
* four USB 2.0 ports;
* SD card slot;
* one FireWire 800 port;
* one HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort;
* HDMI to DVI video adapter;
* combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack); and
* combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack).

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, External SuperDrive, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse, Apple 24 inch LED Cinema Display and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

*Claim based on energy efficiency categories and products listed within the EPA Energy Star 5.0 database as of June 2010.

**EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net.

***Claim based on energy efficiency categories and products listed within the EPA Energy Star Small Scale Server database as of June 2010.

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It's nice to see the Mac Mini getting an update, for years it was so out of place with Apple's offering of black and silver and now the update remedies this, and it also adds HDMI. I'm just sad that it'll cost more then ever; hopefully after a few months, the price will drop.

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While it is smaller than the last one and they added a HDMI (which is the first time Apple has ever put a non proprietary display connector on a mac product). its still the same old C2D... that would be fine if we were in 2006 but its 2010 and the i line is out. get with it.....

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Der Meister:

While it is smaller than the last one and they added a HDMI (which is the first time Apple has ever put a non proprietary display connector on a mac product). its still the same old C2D... that would be fine if we were in 2006 but its 2010 and the i line is out. get with it.....

If they put a Quad in it all its green cred would go out the window and the price would go way up with the pricing of the efficient [ <65W ] Intel Quad core chips. Still over priced but I really like the form factor and I like that they actually added an SD card reader. Wonder how easy the sucker is to pop open to do a cheap memory upgrade to 4GB from a 2Gb model.

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While it is smaller than the last one and they added a HDMI (which is the first time Apple has ever put a non proprietary display connector on a mac product)...

So the DVI ports on my old Power Macs weren't standard ports?

It's fine to complain and critique, but get your facts right.

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AVu:

While it is smaller than the last one and they added a HDMI (which is the first time Apple has ever put a non proprietary display connector on a mac product)...

So the DVI ports on my old Power Macs weren't standard ports?

It's fine to complain and critique, but get your facts right.

True they do put normal ports on the old power macs and new mac pros. But thats because they use normal "PC" video cards. But any mac designed computer ie mac mini, mac book/pro (excluding some older G5's), and Imac

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It's elegant and uses very little power. (something we've come to expect from Mac) That's a win, but Apple not embracing BluRay is an epic Fail!

My take is that they're probably too cheap to pay for the licensing costs for the technology.

I imagine they want a healthy discount to license BluRay on Macs and can't get it, so they're being petulant at their user's expense. I can't PROVE these statements, but I doubt that I'm far off the mark.

We already know that Apple has been bullying music providers over costs and profits at the iTunes store for years. BluRay isn't taking their crap so far, it seems.

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They up the price and never drop it ever time they update this thing. $700 is not a good price point for this at all. I mean $700 for parts you could get in a $500 laptop that has a screen and keyboard.

I shouldn't post when I have been at work all day. 13 hour work day makes me grumpy.

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yay they are easily disassembled. no more Putty-knife mayhem.. ;)

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digitaldd:

yay they are easily disassembled. no more Putty-knife mayhem.. ;)

Yeah, I used a couple of Stainless Steel burger flippers because they were wider and worked a little easier for me. It was a PITA to open one up.

 

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IF it could run winamp i would totally get one of these for a car computer.  Thought about doing a car-build for a while bu you could mount one of these suckers right in the glovebox, or just about anywhere

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Nice looking little peice of equipment. Needs blu ray tho... and I'd prefer a windows OS :-)

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