Was the Mac Mini originally intended to sport an integrated iPod Dock?

“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.

28 Comments

  1. AppleInsider reported back in Dec.:

    “According to sources, the headless iMac was to include a built in iPod dock, though sources say this feature was scrapped and may reappear in future versions of the headless iMac.”
    http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=802

    – Which opens up many different possibilities.

    – Additionally, it wouldn’t be too difficult to make something that is just the Dock, Memory, and Ports. Kind of a BYOHD – Bring Your Own Harddrive. Just put the iPod in a dock, with wireless peripherals your computer would be nothing more than an iPod and dock.

  2. apparently MDN thought it necessary to delete my post the first time…

    The new Sony Walkman phone has been debuted that lets you transfer your music onto your phone using the Sony Memory Stick. While it won’t compete directly with the iPod, if the idea catches on with phone manufacturers and if eventually most of the new phones will include music playback features, much like many phones now include cameras, will this take away from iPod sales?

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=802

    I know this isn’t really relevant to the thread, but there should be a thread on this.

  3. Off topic, but why is the main background blue today? Did I miss an announcement or is there something wrong with my iMac?

    John

    PS “Hope” nothing wrong!

  4. king,
    what I find interesting is that it supports mp3’s AND AAC!!! Way to go STEVE! I knew when i saw the Expo quicktime vid with the Sony CEO out there touting a movie camera of all things, I knew that that wasnt the only thing coming. I’ve known for quite a while that Sony was scrapping the ARTAC format, and was getting ready to support mp3, much to the dismay of its MD user base.

    You guys have to read between the lines. Japanese are very subtle. Coming out there to show off a camera, if it had been to just show it off, would have been the head of video technology dept. The CEO of Sony coming out says “Hey, we’re cooperating on alot more than just video now, we’re going to work together so that, every moment, of every day, in your life, you’ll have one or the other in front of you.” ie…brand recognition. They’re making it a lifestyle to have your iTunes music, the Sony phone that syncs seamlessly to your mac with you at all times.

    I was disappointed to see that its only triband instead of quad, and that there wont be any 800 or 850 support for it. Who knows, maybe that’ll change.

    Magic Word: really …. as in Major Payne’s voice… Really…..

  5. That is a good idea. I also think blue tooth and wireless a good idea
    just because the the thing looks so right for moving around. I think IPOD s would be cool with a GPS or with star maps. If I were Apple I would give a fountain pen out with every powermac sold.

  6. “Additionally, it wouldn’t be too difficult to make something that is just the Dock, Memory, and Ports. Kind of a BYOHD – Bring Your Own Harddrive. Just put the iPod in a dock, with wireless peripherals your computer would be nothing more than an iPod and dock.”

    That’s a great idea, especially with the talk of 80-gig iPods in the pipeline. Reminds me of the old DuoDock from days of yore. Trouble is, no backup. Lose or break your iPod and say hasta la vista to all your files.

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