Apple introduces Mac mini, most affordable Mac ever starts at just $499

Apple today introduced Mac mini, the most affordable and compact Mac ever. Starting at just $499, Mac mini is the ideal desktop computer for anyone looking to get started with Mac O 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. Just two-inches tall and weighing only 2.9 pounds, Mac mini redefines design for the sub-$1,000 desktop.

“Starting at just $499, Mac mini is the most affordable way to enjoy Mac OS X and iLife,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “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 1.25 GHz or 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor and ATI Radeon 9200 graphics with 32MB 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 Quicken 2005 for Mac, Nanosaur 2 and MarbleBlast Gold.

Mac mini will be available in the US on Saturday, January 22 and worldwide on Saturday, January 29 through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in two standard configurations.

The 1.25 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $499 (US), includes:
– 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor
– 256MB 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 32MB 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
– Built-in speaker and headphone/line out.

The 1.42 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $599 (US), includes:
– 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor
– 256MB 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 32MB 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
– 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 http://www.apple.com/education/store or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL.

See Apple’s new Mac mini here.

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98 Comments

  1. Friggin! *&^$% Apple! I just bought a 1.0 G4 tower for 900 bucks. Good luck selling that one now!!

    You’d think they would call a brotha before dropping news like this!!

  2. magic word: “Genius”.

    wazzup with the stock price today though? Definitely a “buy on the rumor, sell on the news” kinda day.

    Won’t take long for these to put up some big numbers….prepare to laugh at the ugly responses from Dull, HP and E-machines…hahahahahaha.

    Hope Apple can make them fast enough…

  3. Apple is brilliant once again with an even harder hitting stab at those virus-filled Wintel boxes. The Mac mini’s tiny size is very non-threatening, and people aren’t stuck with extra peripherals. It is very easy for people to imagine themselves unplugging the old beast and plugging a Mac in its place; not much more difficult than replacing the toaster.

    Apple doesn’t need cool marketing, they have cool products.

  4. A decent speced machine at a decent price. Apple will sell a tonne of them. Now I dont want to hear any bitching about what it hasn’t got.

    Right, wheres Bill Palmer at?

  5. Hooray for Apple!

    I’m getting Mac mini with an iPod shuffel as soon as I can cash my check! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> ( And once the Apple Store webpage is useable again) 😀

    Re:Robot
    As soon as Users can get their hands on them, they’ll figure out how to upgrade the mini. MacWorld Magazine usually provides info on upgrades and modifications. Stay Tuned! 😀

    “i wonder how if there are one or two memory slots? Usually Apple rip you off for extra RAM. I’m wondering how easy it is to expand the memory to 1GB yourself. Anyone likely to know? I couldn’t see anything on apple.com about it”

  6. This is great. Whatever apple’s market share is, this will double it in 2 years IF they can make them quickly enough and without glitches.

    The ati 9200 usually comes with dual output, too bad that was not included in the mini. Otherwise, it is the computer for 90% of the worlds users.

  7. That’s clever…
    excluding the keyboard and mouse.

    People, including myself, were calling for a ‘headless’ Mac, arguing that most people have a monitor already. But we overlooked the fact that they also have a mouse and keyboard already.

    This has enabled Apple to produce a quality product at a very competetive price.

    My magic word: justice

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