Apple’s new Mac mini a HDTV media center in disguise?

There was “no way that you would want to use [Apple’s old model] PowerPC Mac mini to watch HDTV. You could record it, but the number crunching necessary to play it back is beyond the G4. The Core Duo [Mac mini] on the other hand, should handle it with ease. The ability to play HDTV is critical for any machine that wants to be taken seriously as a home media center,” The HDTV Tuner writes. “The mini still doesn’t have a TV Tuner, but ElGato’s EyeTV 500 and Miglia’s TVMini HD will solve that problem.”

“So the Mac mini can now play HDTV happily. That on it own doesn’t tell us much. But it now ships with a version of but Front Row which can detect other Macs on your network automatically and stream music, video and photos from them to the mini, and Apple’s media remote control. Finally Apple has added information to the Mac mini pages on its website [here, scroll to the bottom of the page] that describe exactly how to connect the mini to an HDTV and how to set the resolution and other settings on the mini to optimise playback on a TV. It’s also provided links to a handful of third party sites which describe how to use the mini as a media center” The HDTV Tuner writes. “On their own, none of the improvements mean a great deal in HDTV terms, but together they suggest Apple is well on its way to turning the Mac mini into a high definition media center. All it needs now is to start selling high definition movies and TV shows on iTunes. Watch this space.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Kenny” for the heads up.]

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54 Comments

  1. I thought everyone was mindlessly moaning about how there’s “no way” the new Mac Mini can handle high definition ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”oh oh” style=”border:0;” />

  2. This article is a joke…the intel 950 is nowhere near the “speed” (hahah) of a 9600 Pro. According to extremetech, the 6200TC ($45 low low end card) trounces the intel 950.

    utter rubish…good luck playing 720 HD.

  3. Cubert, who cares whats in it so long as it does what you need it to do? The reaction to integrated graphics reminds me of the dud argument against using the Intel processor on principle, rather than basing the decision on facts. Intel is faster, simple as that. Integrated graphics are better (well at least for what the mini is likely to be used for ie a living room computer).

    It now supports HD which it didn’t before. Thats progress. Why does everyone care how Apple implements this change?

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  4. People have been pointing out that, according to Apple, a Core Duo 1.83Ghz CPU is required to play back 720p HD Quicktime movies encoded in H.264. Is that relevant to HDTV playback?

  5. Hi-Def MPEG2 or H.264? The mini cannot handle 720p or 1080p H.264 according to Apple’s system requirements.

    Yes the mini can handle decoding MPEG2 but at 8GB per hr. for Hi- Def MPEG2, Apple won’t be selling 16GB HD movies for the Mac mini anytime soon.

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