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. Until the Intel machines come along in early ’06, you’re not going to see any major upgrades or design changes. It would be stupid for Apple to do such a thing at this point anyway with the new architecture coming in about 6-7 months. I’m just glad that they have 512MB standard now, that’s the main thing. If you want something new and exciting, you’ll have to wait for MacWorld 2006 in January. That’s when you’ll see new motherboards, video and processors for the Mac mini and iBook, but not until then.

  2. This makes the mini worth while. The lack of memory was a problem with the previous mini, you were forced to buy on line as the store models could not be upgraded. You have your choice with wifi or dial up. You can always buy the Airport with a modem. Prior to this if you wanted these upgrades you were looking at $1,000 for another 300 you could get an iMac.
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    Future intel models may have the integrated graphics card with shared memory.

  3. Seems like several things have been added. Wireless and bluetooth built-in. 512mbs of ram now standard. Now a fully optioned out Mini with a superdrive is only $700.00. It would have cost you $900.00 to $1000.00 before. I consider these to be enhancements and certainly not anything sleezy or misleading at all.

  4. 1- Thanks for making 512MB Standard at the same price.
    2- The $599 Bluetooth/WiFi option is also nice.
    3- The $699 SuperDrive/ Wireless model is O.K.

    NOW
    Can we have a proper graphics chip in the mini? An ATI 9200 w/32MB is kind of lame. At least OFFER a video upgrade on the SuperDrive models.

    Magic word is ‘almost’ as in almost got it right.

  5. This is a great deal! Our chain ordered custom built Mac Minis, the 1.42Ghz with 512Mb RAM bluetooth and airport modules, and Superdrive were priced at $1299 (included wireless keyboard and mouse) that is now $899, the wireless mouse and keyboard are $69 each, so that is still a savings of $262!

    “Said” as in, that’s what I said, uh huh!

  6. “Could someone out there tell me what’s the best resolution that the R-9200 card can deliver? Thanks!

    1920×1200. So it will drive anything up to and including a 23″ Cinema Display.

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