Under the radar and hoopla with today's iPhone 4 pre-sales all across the nation, Apple pulled a quick one by sneaking in a notable update for those of us who have always wanted to use the Mac Mini as a bonafide home theater PC, with beefier specs and HDMI port out. The new design allows for easy access inside the smallest of the Apple computer line, making any upgrade possibly the easiest in the Apple line. And did we mention HDMI? Yes, we did, but that's huge news worth repeating, folks!
The new Mac Mini specs:
- 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 1.4" thick Unibody enclosure
- NVIDIA GeForce 320M Graphics Card
- Built-in Power Supply
- HDMI port, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, FireWire 800, Four USB 2.0, SD card slot, Audio Line out
The new design has resulted in a price increase to $699, which we think is a bit steep considering this is supposed to be an entry-level machine. But nor are we surprised, since there's always been a premium placed upon Cupertino's products. We do like the improvements to the graphics card and also the reduction of power consumption from 110W down to 85W (an Energy Star rated machine).
At this point, it seems the Mac Mini is really what the Apple TV was hoped to be, so in certain regards, this update might be killing two birds with one stone.