Apple enhances Mac mini with double the memory across the line

Apple today announced enhancements to its Mac mini line, the most affordable and compact Mac ever, with 512MB of memory standard in every model and prices starting at just $499. The Mac mini also features built-in wireless networking with AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth starting at just $599, and the ability to burn DVDs with a SuperDrive for just $699.

“Mac mini has been a popular choice for consumers getting started with Mac OS X and iLife ’05,” said David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing in the press release. “With double the memory and new features like built-in wireless networking and DVD burning, the new Mac mini delivers an even greater value in an innovative compact design.”

The Mac mini lineup includes three models: 1.25 GHz Mac mini, 1.42 GHz Mac mini and the new 1.42 GHz Mac mini with SuperDrive for burning DVDs and CDs. The Mac mini with SuperDrive is the most affordable Mac for quickly and easily creating your own professional quality DVDs using iLife ’05, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications. The top two models of the Mac mini now include built-in AirPort Extreme for 54 Mbps 802.11g fast wireless networking along with an internal Bluetooth module. With wireless networking, customers can place Mac mini almost anywhere and still have fast, convenient access to the Internet. Built-in Bluetooth enables cable-free communication with Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones and PDAs as well as popular peripherals such as the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.

Just two inches tall and weighing only 2.9 pounds, Mac mini redefines design for the sub-$1,000 desktop, and allows users the flexibility to choose their display, mouse and keyboard. 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 and built-in 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet.

Every Mac mini includes iLife ’05, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand and iTunes. iLife ’05 continues to lead the industry with the most innovative and comprehensive suite of software for organizing, editing and sharing digital photos; creating stunning digital movies and DVDs; and purchasing, managing and creating digital music.

Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” is pre-installed on every Mac mini and delivers more than 200 new features and innovations including Spotlight, a revolutionary desktop search technology that lets users instantly find anything stored on their Mac, including documents, emails, contacts and images; and Dashboard, a new way to instantly access important information like weather forecasts and stock quotes, using a dazzling new class of applications called widgets. 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 is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in three standard configurations.

The 1.25 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $499 (US), includes:
— 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor;
— 512MB 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; and
— 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;
— 512MB 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;
— built-in 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 1.42 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $699 (US), includes:
— 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor;
— 512MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable to 1GB;
— 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive;
— SuperDrive (DVD+/-RW/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;
— built-in 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+/-W/CD-RW), AirPort Extreme Card, 56K V.92 modem, internal Bluetooth module, wired or wireless Apple Keyboard and Apple Mouse and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

More info about Apple’s Mac mini here.

27 Comments

  1. How do these configs compare to previous versions? I don’t believe the processor options have changed, but is the video card the same? What about the Superdrive…was it a BTO option before?

    My work id “Dark”

  2. Hang on, where’s the ‘upgrade’. You can’t call doubling memory alone to what it should have been in the first place an upgrade, surely. Am I missing something or is that the only thing that has changed?

    Where’s the 64Mb graphics (at least – for full hardware acceleration)
    How about Firewire 800 to enable fast external storage – (media server, anyone?)

    First post?

    ‘chance’ – as in Apple are really chancing their arm with this one

  3. The only difference with Mac mini is that it has 512 MB Ram standard and WiFi+Bluetooth on 1.42 GHz models.

    Sadly, if you want a modem on you 1.42 GHz Mac mini, you’ll have to BTO.

  4. “Hang on, where’s the ‘upgrade’.”

    That’s why the title of the Press Release is: “Apple enhances Mac mini with double the memory across the line.”

    Not to mention that the 1.42 GHz models come with WiFi+Bluetooth standard.

    This is an ‘enhancement’, not an upgrade. No confusion.

  5. At least MDN doesn’t have to keep recommending people to upgrade the memory in their takes. They can just say “get your a$$ to an Apple Store already and get a computer that works.

  6. Pretty sleazy advertising. I expect that from a car dealership, but not Apple. Looking at their home page, I was under the assumption that ALL Mac Mini’s came with wireless.

    Plus 512MB is a good start but with only one slot, you would still need to replace it if you want more. At least the 512 chip might fetch $20 on ebay.

    Hopefully, Apple will redesign the motherboard to have built-in memory and an expansion slot when it gets a Pentium M.

  7. OK, on the UK site I can now see that the price has dropped for the base model whilst ‘doubling’ the memory. The 1.42 has two options – with and without superdrive – plus they are throwing in the wireless card and bluetooth. This probably makes it the one to go for. Note that they’re still charging over the odds for the 1Gb memory upgrade!

    The shame is that 1Gb is really worth having so the fact they’ve doubled the standard amount to 512Mb is negated somewhat – you’re just going to be throwing away twice the RAM essentially.

    ‘island’ – as in no Mac is an island

  8. macnut222 you’re splitting hairs. My point being that this has been a long time coming and feels a little short of the mark. Don’t you think that when we start playing with the Intel crowd that an ‘enhancement’ of this order will just not cut the mustard?

    By the way dicks get enhanced, computers get upgrades.

    ‘addition’ – as in 6″ would make a nice little addition

  9. This is what Apple is not doing: pushing FireWire 800. It could make it go head to head against USB 2 but it is not. Looks like they eased off Intel in that area to get the CPU deal they wanted.

    Why do I mention this on a page about the new Mac Minis? Anyone can see that peripherals will be made especially for it. I have read about external hard drives and car installations all-ready, you can imagine what else will be made for it. I see Mini displays much like those LCD screens for PS2 and GameCube.

    The best thing about the new Mac Mini is that it is wireless and small. Take away its optical drive and it could sold as Airport Super or whatever.

    It is almost surprising that the new Mac Mini is not an Intel Mac. What better way to hog the software market to yourself if the competition has not ported their applications yet? Intel was showing mini PCs a few weeks before the announcement so the hardware design could be ready.

  10. Useless upgrade!

    We’ve had Tiger for months now, and the mini and iBook have been blocked out from using CoreImage because they only had 32MB of video RAM. And how much VRAM have these got? 32MB.

    Pointless.

  11. Right on Macnut222. It was always a pain to tell people they should get a Mac mini but “be sure you get 512 Mb of memory”. It always made it sound like there were other hidden costs. Now if someone just gets the standard config they will be fine. Good deal. I am sure this is Apple responding to EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD recommending that you double the memory at least.

  12. xan, you probably made the point that I was attempting. ALL Macs (new) – even the lowest of the low should be able to make use of the imaging/audio/whatever capabilities of Tiger. I wouldn’t even mind if I had to pay for this as a BTO option. I don’t think that a Mini with 64Mb at a reasonable price point would cut into Power Mac sales – if that’s what they’re worried about.

    And again I refer everyone to Mr Jobs’ WWDC speech (paraphrasing, perhaps..) ‘….and there are some great PowerPC™ products to come….’

    ‘gives’ – as in Apple gives it to us once more…

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