Apple releases updated, slimmer Mac mini with HDMI, SD card ports

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Date: Tuesday, June 15th, 2010, 15:57
Category: Announcement, Mac mini

Apple on Tuesday updated its Mac mini desktop computer, adding an HDMI port for easy connectivity to an HDTV, as well as a built-in SD card slot for grabbing photos and videos from a digital camera.

The newly redesigned hardware is just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. It also has a built-in power supply, which means it lacks a bulky external power brick, which Apple said means the tiny desktop Mac takes up even less space than before, with 20 percent less system volume than the previous model.

“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.”

The new Mac mini includes the Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor, which delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor. It also comes standard with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 320GB hard drive, and 2GB of RAM at the $699 starting price.

In March, AppleInsider first reported that Apple was building its first Macs with an HDMI port for high definition video and audio output. HDMI, or High-Definition Multimedia Interface, is a cabling standard intended for home theater, built on top of the computer-oriented DVI, or Digital Video Interface, specification.

Weeks ago, AppleInsider revealed that supply of the Mac mini was dwindling ahead of the release of new models.

Availability

Shipping today, the Mac mini is available through the Apple store, retail stores, and authorized retailers. The $699 model 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.

Environmental impact

Even with its doubled graphics performance, Apple said the new Mac mini is still the world’s most energy efficient desktop, based on products listed within the EPA Energy Star Small Scale Server database as of June 2010.

The new hardware uses 25 percent less power to less than 10W at idle, which is less than half the power used by competing systems. It also meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, achieves EPEAT Gold status, has a highly recyclable aluminum enclosure, and uses PVC-free components and cables with no brominated flame retardants.

Included software

The new Mac mini comes with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system, and iLife, Apple’s suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. The $999 high-end model includes Snow Leopard Server, and allows a workgroup or small business to fulfill needs such as e-mail, calendar, file serving, Time Machine backup, Wiki Server, podcast production and more.

E3 2010: Here We Go

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Date: Monday, June 14th, 2010, 05:34
Category: Announcement

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Ladies and gents, I’ll be flying to Los Angeles tonight to cover E3 2010 for the next several days following up on games coming to the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, where developers think OnLive might be going, what’s in the works with iOS 4.0, etc.

But mainly I’ll be in Los Angeles. Which is part of California. Which, according to my D.C.-accustomed brain, is due to fall into the ocean, catch fire, explode or be attacked by giant monsters.

All of these things may in fact occur simultaneously while I’m there.

Before my flight leaves, I’m taking requests as to what you want me to look into, what questions you want me to ask and who you’d like me to hit up with your questions.

So, just shoot me a line here and I’ll do everything I can while I’m out there to make sure I cover your topic to the fullest extent possible.

In the meantime, I proudly present what can only be described as the most ill-conceived computer/privacy protection accessory ever created:


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Happy Memorial Day from the PowerPage

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Date: Monday, May 31st, 2010, 05:10
Category: Announcement

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It’s Memorial Day, the beginning of summer and we here at PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend it with friends and family.

We’ll resume our regular news coverage of all things Mac, mobile and awesome tomorrow.

In the meantime, there’s a nice day out there, friends to invite over and tasty barbecue to cook and serve.

And you should get started on that.

Have an outstanding Memorial Day and we’ll be here tomorrow.

PowerPage Now Accepting Reviewer Applications, Sample Pieces

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Date: Friday, March 12th, 2010, 06:57
Category: Announcement

O’Grady’s PowerPage is looking for five or six good product review editors to hone in on peripherals, accessories, iPhone games and apps and all things Mac-related and associated with mobile technologies.

In short, we need reviewers and were hoping for you.

The job: It’s not glamorous, but there’s free review items, fame, immortality, press credentials and delicious cupcakes on occasion.

If interested, hurl a resume and a few sample pieces along to chris @ powerpage.org (just string the e-mail address together and you’re set) and we’ll get back to you within a few days.

Finally, to convince you to apply, here’s a kitten driving a car:

Happy President’s Day From the PowerPage!!!

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Date: Monday, February 15th, 2010, 06:39
Category: Announcement

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It’s February 15th, President’s Day is upon us and the staff of the PowerPage will be taking a day off to rest and recoup from the trials and tribulations of Valentine’s Day and Macworld Expo.

Swing back tomorrow for the latest Mac mobile news, rumors and information as we get in.

In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy the day off!!!

Happy New Year From the PowerPage!!!

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Date: Friday, January 1st, 2010, 07:23
Category: Announcement

Welcome to 2010 and the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off to thoroughly rock out to Heart’s “What About Love?” (which will be played on a continuous loop) as well as ponder the upcoming Apple tablet and iPhone OS 4.0 in the new year.

Come back Monday, January 4th, and we’ll continue to do our best to keep you up to date with the best Macintosh mobile news available.


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Happy Holidays from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Friday, December 25th, 2009, 00:27
Category: Announcement

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The tree’s lit, the presents are waiting to be unwrapped and the relatives are en route for brunch later in the day. With that in mind, happy holidays from the crew here at O’Grady’s PowerPage, who will be taking the day off to savor the egg nog and cookies and we’ll be back on December 28th to bring you the latest in mobile news coverage for the Mac.

Finally, since it wouldn’t be Christmas without presents, I present something which has simultaneously been the best and most mind-destroying link I’ve come across in a long time.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux users, I present to you, the “Twilight: New Moon” review with LOLcats.

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Happy Thanksgiving From the PowerPage!!!

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Date: Thursday, November 26th, 2009, 07:37
Category: Announcement

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It’s that time of year again, so without further ado, break out the friends, family, turkey, football and stuffing and have an awesome Thanksgiving!

Every so often, Scott Kurtz really hits the nail on the head. That being said, behold the glory that is Steve Jobbles!

Happy Labor Day From O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Monday, September 7th, 2009, 04:47
Category: Announcement

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It’s early September, the end of summer and time to relax for a day here at the PowerPage.

That being said, grab some barbecue supplies, yank some friends over, set up your wireless routers so you can check your e-mail throughout the evening and have a killer Labor Day!!!

Chris

PPUG Summer Meeting – Tomorrow

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Date: Friday, July 24th, 2009, 07:38
Category: Announcement

http://thescene.s3.amazonaws.com/pics/bar/2/51481/profile/1205061797294_272.jpgThe Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) will hold its summer 2009 meeting tomorrow Saturday, 25 July 2009. The meeting will take place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company along the beautiful Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. We usually have lunch (or a brew) while we talk mobile computing.

PPUG founders Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Bob Snow, as well as Youngmoo Kim will be on hand to talk about latest developments from WWDC 2009, including iPhone 3.0 software, iPhone 3GS, the new MacBook Pro line, Snow Leopard (a.k.a. Mac OS 10.6) and the latest in mobile technology. We’ll talk about all the news and announcements from WWDC with a healthy serving of Q&A.

Join us for a great meeting, it’s free and open to you and your guests. Feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well.

Manayunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
215.482.8220