“Was the Mac Mini originally intended to sport an integrated iPod Dock? That’s the suggestion made by one electronics specialist who’s taken a closer look than most at the compact Mac’s internal workings,” Tony Smith writes for The Register. “The Apple machine’s optical drive connects to the motherboard not by a cable but is attached directly to an Ultra ATA-100 riser card which itself fits into a slot toward the rear of the Mini’s mobo. According to Leo Bodnar, the guy who figured out how to overclock the Mini’s G4-class CPU, that’s not all the riser does.”
“Leo’s hypothesis: that the riser was designed to feed an iPod Dock connector moulded into the device’s top cover… Whether the Firewire feature was dropped from the first incarnation, or was put in place ready for the Mac’s next revision isn’t clear. However, early rumours surrounding the so-called “headless iMac” that was to become the Mac Mini, did indeed mention an integrated iPod Dock, fitted to help encourage Windows-using iPod owners to switch to the Mac platform,” Smith writes.
Full article here.