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Apple Unveils Mac mini with Intel Core Duo
Posted on 1-Mar-2006 08:17 | Tags Filed under: News


Apple Unveils Mac mini with Intel Core Duo
Apple has unveiled the new Mac mini with the Intel Core Duo processor, with the promise of delivering performance up to four times faster than its predecessor, with prices starting at US$599 in the American market.

The new personal computer features Apple’s Front Row media package, giving Mac mini gives customers a way to enjoy their digital content on the Mac mini including music, photos and videos from across the room using the Apple Remote. With the latest version of Front Row, customers can now access shared iTunes playlists, iPhoto libraries and video throughout their home via Bonjour, Apple’s zero configuration wireless networking built into Mac OS X.

The new Mac mini offers a new system architecture, including a 667 MHz front-side bus and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB. With the latest high-performance connectivity options, every new Mac mini now includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11g WiFi for fast 54 Mbps wireless networking, built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) and a total of four USB 2.0 ports, twice as many as the previous generation.

Mac mini includes a DVI interface and a VGA-out adapter to easily connect to a variety of displays, including many of today’s most popular flat panel televisions, and now features both analog and digital audio outputs to easily connect to a home stereo.

The new Mac mini includes iLife ‘06, a suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and introducing iWeb, a new iLife application that makes it easy to create websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on the .Mac platform.

All the iLife ‘06 applications are Universal applications that run natively on the new Intel-based Mac mini for maximum performance.

The new Mac mini comes with the Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV and Front Row, running natively. Mac OS X Tiger includes an innovative software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly.

The new 1.5 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of US$599 , includes:

  • 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable up to 2GB;
  • a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive;
  • 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
  • Intel GMA950 graphics processor;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately); and
    the infrared Apple Remote.

    The new 1.66 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of US$799, includes:

  • 1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 2GB;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
  • Intel GMA950 graphics processor;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately); and
    the infrared Apple Remote.

    Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 80GB, 100GB and 120GB Serial ATA hard drives, iWork ’06 (pre-installed), AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, Apple USB Modem and the AppleCare Protection Plan.




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