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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
new Intel Mac minis

As widely predicted, Apple announced the new Intel Mac minis today.
Nothing I can see about Intel Viiv or movies-through-iTunes though.

mini cheapy

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1.5GHz Intel Core Solo processor [single core]
2MB L2 Cache
667MHz Frontside Bus
512MB memory (667MHz DDR2 SDRAM) [yo Apple, 512MB is teh inadequate]
60GB Serial ATA hard drive
Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
Apple Remote

mini twin

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UPGRADES cheapy to
1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor [dual core]
80GB Serial ATA hard drive [also this isn't enough HD space these days]
Double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

"All Mac mini models also include an integrated Intel GMA950 graphics processor with 64MB of shared DDR2 SDRAM(1), 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, four external USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 port, optical digital and analog audio in/out, and built-in mono speaker."

le full tech specs:

* DVI video output to support digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels; supports 20-inch Apple Cinema Display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports noncoherent digital displays up to 135MHz
[err coherent? noncoherent? what?]
* VGA video output (using included adapter) to support analog resolutions up to 1920 by 1080 pixels

So the actually sensible configuration would be:
mini twin UPGRADE to
* 1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512 [it's C$120 for the extra 512MB]
* 120GB Serial ATA drive

I guess this is more or less in line with the iMac pricing
17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440x900 resolution
keyboard and mouse
1.83GHz Intel Core Duo with 2MB shared L2 cache
1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512 [upgraded from base 512MB]
160GB Serial ATA hard drive
Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB GDDR3 memory
Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0