Mac mini Pr0n

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2006, 13:54
Category: Mac mini

mini-innerds.jpgSo you’re a fan of computer guts, eh? So am I. Macworld has posted some of the first nude pictures (pictured) of the new Intel-packing Mac mini.

We’ve got two large heat sinks (F) (one for processor, one presumably for video circuitry). There’s a little perch (G) at the back for the new “penthouse” on port row, belonging to the audio-in and -out ports. Just below the interconnect slot (H) is the built-in AirPort Extreme card (J) (you can see the antenna snake off to the right). At the front left you can make out the two RAM slots (K), one on top of the other. SODIMMs slide right into here, laying on their side. It’s a tight squeeze, but SODIMMS like to snuggle, so it’s okay.

Some things worth noting about the new mini: the video card (Intel GMA950) shares memory with the CPU, the Intel CPU chip is socketed (unlike the MacBook Pro and the iMac) meaning it might be able to be upgraded and the SO-DIMMS are very difficult to get at and subsequently upgrade.
In related news the Mac Mini Core Duo 1.66Ghz benchmarks OpenGL at over 2x faster than the Mac mini G4 it replaces.

I just ran XBench on my new stock standard Core Duo Mac Mini and uploaded the stats to XBench. The new model destroys the old one, and OpenGL performance is over 2x better than the G4 Mac Mini. Maybe the Intel GMA950 Is not so bad? 1080P trailers from trailers.apple.com run without dropping any frames also.

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The Apple Core: Apple patents new wider “touchpad”

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2006, 12:20
Category: The Apple Core

apple-touchpad-patent.jpgOne of the things that cracks me up is the depths that a company will go to obscure their patent filings. It’s even funnier that the maker of arguably the best graphic design computers in the world with some of the best designers on their payroll files patent drawings that look like they were scribbled on the back of a bar napkin with a crayon after too many Anchor Steams at BJ’s Brewhouse in Cupertino.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple’s new $100 Leather iPod Case

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2006, 12:00
Category: Cases

apple-ipod-leather-case.jpgNo one seems to be talking about Apple’s other new music player accessory: a US$99 leather case for the Nano and regular iPod. Alas, with the Nano’s earphone socket placement – on the base of the player – owners of the leather case will need to insert their player upside down, which means, of course, you have to take it out completely to look at the display, a ‘feature’ not shown on Apple’s photography. Whoops. From The Register (Scroll to the bottom of the page). Contributed by: Ditch
Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t even have cutouts for the display or the clickwheel, which means that you’ll have to take it out of the case each time you want to skip a song or turn up the volume. Ugh. Is this just a shot over the bow of all the case vendors out there? Can a kick-ass version 2.0 (with cutouts?) be far away? I thought that Apple didn’t compete with their third parties… -Ed

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The Apple Core: ARS Technica reviews the MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2006, 14:09
Category: The Apple Core

While I prefer to rip open the box and publish little nuggets about the MacBook Pro each day others prefer to write a more detailed and lengthy review of it. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
ARS Technica’s Jacqui Cheng has posted a pretty lengthy (seven page) review of the new Intel Apple notebook that is long on details and has plenty of insight as well.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro’s Crazy new LEDs

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Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, 10:00
Category: The Apple Core

The devil, as they say, is in the details. And the MacBook Pro is no exception.
When I turned out the lights to go to bed recently I discovered something new about the MacBook Pro that was quite surprising. Apple has cranked up the keyboard backlight on the new notebook to several times the brightness of the backlight on my PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz). Take a look at this picture:
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Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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New Apple Products

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Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, 07:56
Category: Opinion

iPod Hi-Fi
This is a simple one. The Altec inMotion IM7 is $250, the Klipsh iGroove is $280 and the Bose sound dock is priced at $300. The Bose Wave Radio sells for $500. This is what people are willing to pay for these types of products. Apple priced theirs at $350. Seems fine. It will sell, but I do not like the way the iPod is just perched on top. Apple is going head to head in a product category that others have created. The iPod economy is quite large. The ultimate solution would be to use the iPod as the remote, but problems with battery consumption probably keep this just out of reach. Cost would not be a factor, because it would be so cool!
Mac mini
If it had a powerful 3D graphics card, it would be a better TV game console, but there is a real lack of game software for Macintosh anyhow. This probably keeps the cost down, but I think that a home entertainment solution will eventually need a game partner like Nintendo and fast 3D graphics. Problem is that if the price creeps much higher, the features will not matter. If you look at the specs, it packs a lot more features and performance for the slightly higher price, but the price went up and that hurts sales. It just does not go as far as I would have liked towards a home entertainment hub. I would hook this to my TV and get a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, but I wish it was a DVR right out of the box. The new Mac mini seems like an incremental step in the right direction but not good enough yet to be a blockbuster home entertainment solution. Its a great little computer and far better suited to a home entertainment environment than a Windows box in your living room. The package is perfect, the features are just not there yet.

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