Apple Mac mini at £339 inc VAT – MacWorld, Jan 11, 05

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Five announcements made by Apple at Macworld San Francisco this evening - 11 January 2005

(This was the order of the announcements, too. BC)

1) Apple introduces iPod shuffle
2) Apple introduces Mac mini
3) Apple announces iLife '05
4) Apple unveils iWork '05
5) Apple announces Final Cut Express HD

Apple U.K. - Press Release - 11 January 2005

Apple Introduces Mac mini

Most Affordable Mac Ever Starts at Just £339 (inc. VAT)

MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO

January 11, 2005

Apple today introduced Mac mini, the most affordable and compact Mac ever. Starting at just £339 (inc. VAT), Mac mini is the ideal desktop computer for anyone looking to get started with Mac OS X and features iLife ‘05, the latest version of Apple’s innovative suite of software for managing digital photo and music collections, editing movies and creating music [Release about this is below. Bob C]. Just two-inches tall and weighing only 2.9 pounds, Mac mini redefines design for the sub-£500 desktop.

‘Starting at just £339 (inc. VAT), Mac mini is the most affordable way to enjoy Mac OS X and iLife,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘Just plug in your display, keyboard and mouse and you’ve got an incredibly compact Mac for a price that almost anyone can afford.’

Every Mac mini includes iLife ‘05, which was introduced today, and is the must-have upgrade to Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications with major new versions of iPhoto’, iMovie , iDVD and GarageBand’. iLife ‘05 also features the latest version of iTunes , the world’s best digital music jukebox software which includes the iTunes Music Store, the world’s number one online music store.

Mac mini offers the processing and graphics performance to take advantage of demanding consumer applications with either a 1.25GHz or 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 processor and ATI Radeon 9200 graphics with 32MByte of dedicated DDR memory. Both models come with a slot-load Combo drive for watching DVD movies and burning CDs, and up to an 80GB hard drive for storing digital media creations.

Mac mini includes one FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports for easy plug-and-play connections to popular peripherals such as Apple’s market-leading iPod digital music player, digital still cameras, digital video camcorders and printers. Mac mini offers a DVI interface that also supports VGA so customers can easily connect to a variety of LCD or CRT displays. The new Mac mini includes built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K V.92 modem for easy Internet access, and offers optional support for an AirPort Extreme Card for 54 Mbps 802.11g fast wireless networking* along with an internal Bluetooth module for the latest in wireless communications.

Mac OS X version 10.3 ‘Panther’ is pre-installed on every Mac mini and delivers breakthrough features including iChat AV desktop video conferencing, Mail, Safari web browser, Sherlock , Address Book, QuickTime , iSync, iCal , DVD Player and the Classic environment. Mac mini also comes with a collection of outstanding productivity and entertainment titles designed to meet the needs of the entire family, including Nanosaur 2 and MarbleBlast Gold.

Pricing & Availability
Mac mini will be available in the US on Saturday, January 22 and worldwide on Saturday, January 29 through the Apple Store (apple.com/ukstore), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers in two standard configurations.

The 1.25GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of £339 (inc. VAT), includes:

1.25GHz PowerPC G4 processor; 256MByte of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable to 1GB; 40GB Ultra ATA hard drive; Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive; ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32MByte video memory; One FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports; 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet networking and 56K V.92 modem; Internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth; DVI or VGA out (adapter included), composite/S-video out with optional adapter; and Built-in speaker and headphone/line out.

The 1.42GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of £399 (inc. VAT), includes: 1.42GHz PowerPC G4 processor; 256MByte of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable to 1GB; 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive; Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive; ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32MByte video memory; One FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports; 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet networking and 56K V.92 modem; Internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth; DVI or VGA out (adapter included), composite/S-video out with optional adapter; and Built-in speaker and headphone/line out.

Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 1GB of RAM, SuperDrive’ (DVD-RW/CD-RW), AirPort Extreme Card, internal Bluetooth module, wired or wireless Apple Keyboard and Apple Mouse and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Mac mini is also available to education customers in the US and Canada through the Apple Store for Education at www.apple.com/uk/education/store or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL.

*Actual speed will vary based on range from the base station, environmental conditions and other factors.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.

bcrabtree
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Just comment so this goes to the top of these five releases

tilski
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Bob

This is great news.

This ultimately means that I might finally be able to pursuade my IT Dep to allow me to purchase macs.

I wonder if they can be used with the new Apple video server technology. The only Xsan stuff I've come across for PC's is Avid based and is too pricey for further education.

Maybe they'll have some at the Video Forum.....then again maybe not.

Best

Til

What's to become of us.... What is to become of us?

bcrabtree
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Just in case anyone is tempted by the Mac mini (and a lot of us may well be) and thinks that extra RAM might be a good thing to order (as indeed, it probably is), here are the prices from Crucial

For 1GByte (£133.94 inc VAT) vs Apple's price of £290 inc VAT
www.crucial.com/uk/search/srchrslt.asp?keywords=CT431640&type=All&ANDOR=AND&rowcount=20&cv=Crucial+UK&submit=Go

By my reckoning the saving if opting for 1GByte would be sufficient to buy you a bunch of upgrades - a DVD burner (Apple-fitted); an internal Airport Extreme wireless card (also Apple-fitted); and a USB keyboard and mouse.

And you'd still get you some change that could be put towards a monitor.

For 512MByte (£50.52 inc VAT) vs Apple's price of £50.01 (inc VAT)
http://www.crucial.com/uk/search/srchrslt.asp?keywords=CT431639&type=All&ANDOR=AND&rowcount=20&cv=Crucial+UK&submit=Go

In theory, Apple's price is cheaper for 512MByte, but that would be forgetting that, whether option for 512MByte or 1GByte, if you went for third-party RAM, you'd have the original 256MByte RAM chip to sell on, too.

Bob C

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Hi
Once someone has worked out how to open the case without breaking all the plastic (or whatever) retaining pins... ;)

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bcrabtree
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Paul,

I'm hoping to get hands-on on Friday at Apple's post-show press event, though that's not guaranteed, of course.

But hands-on or not, I plan to ask how someone who opts for 256MBye at the outset can upgrade the RAM - I have a feeling that if you look on the underside of the system box, there will be a RAM flap.

If they haven't done that, they deserve a sound thrashing.

Or do you know for a fact that no RAM flap is fitted?

Mmmm - just noticed this on the Apple Store, "You can upgrade your memory later by taking your system to an Apple Authorized Service Provider."

:(

Clearly a thrashing is in order - let's hope young Jonathan Ives won't be using the bash as an excuse for a short return to Blighty; I really don't want to have to give him a beasting, but if needs must...

;)

Bob C

Stigg
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Is a Mini likely to be able to use an external USB or Firewire DVD burner?

bcrabtree
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Stigg,

I think the same limitations will apply as with the existing Apple Macs - you'd need to do the final burn in Roxio Toast - so an internal burner would make life easier. Mind you, I wouldn't think of running a Mac that didn't have Toast on it, irrespective of whether it had an internal burner.

Bob C