Apple’s new Mac mini: perfect for HDTV

“It’s finally arrived: the Mac that is made to be used with your HDTV! Browsing through Apple’s list of accessories for the new Mac mini reveals just what we have been waiting for. Not only do they list the various adapters that we mentioned in our ‘How to connect your PC to your HTPC’ article but they also mention all the various resolutions. So it doesn’t matter if you have DVI, HDMI, or VGA, you are covered,” Ben Drawbaugh writes for HD Beat in an oddly-titled piece, “The Intel Macmini is perfect for HDTV.”

MacDailyNews Take: What’s up next, “The IBM Power Mac is perfect for Photoshop?” But, we digress…

Drawbaugh continues, “I am the most excited about the mention of the resolutions; in the past you would have to use a third party product such as DisplayConfigX to get your Mac mini to output the correct resolution, now it seems it’s supported by OSX. This in combination with the overscan adjustment built into to the display preferences is very impressive. Audio was considered as well as the new Mac mini includes SPDIF in and out so you can enjoy DD 5.1 in all it’s glory.”

Full article here.

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

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  1. Alan, the mini is the first step..

    Hardware first.. Content next.

    I’m gonna act like an analyst and predict that Disney and Pixar movies will be available first! Pretty intuitive huh?

  2. Well that takes care of the technical details, except HDCP of course.

    Since anything worth a darn to watch is controlled by the cable companies and HDCP, and there is no DRM from the Mini to a monitor, the only thing we can watch is a few “FreeHD” channels.

    Still need a ClearQAM decoder like the EyeTV 500.

    But at least we can hook up the Mini to a large 60″ Plasma without trouble.

  3. Quoted from another post:

    not even he high end unit is useful for a set-top box if you’ve got an HD screen.

    For 1280×720 (720p) video at 24-30 frames per second:
    QuickTime 7 for Mac OS X:

    * 1.8 GHz PowerMac G5 or faster Macintosh computer; 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster
    * At least 256MB of RAM
    * 64 MB or greater video card

    QuickTime 7 for Windows:

    * 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor
    * At least 512MB of RAM
    * 64MB or greater video card
    * Windows 2000 or XP

    For 1920×1080 (1080p) video at 24 frames per second:
    QuickTime 7 for Mac OS X:

    * Dual 2.0 GHz PowerMac G5 or faster Macintosh computer; 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster
    * At least 512MB of RAM
    * 128MB or greater video card

    QuickTime 7 for Windows:

    * 3.0 Ghz Intel Pentium D (dual-core) or faster processor
    * At least 1GB of RAM
    * 64MB or greater video card
    * Windows 2000 or XP

    As well, with the increase of $200 in costs, it makes the iMac a better purchase unless you are going strictly for form factor:

    Mac Mini $800
    Monitor $250
    Keyboard/Mighty Mouse $78
    Upgrade HD 120GB 5200rpm $125
    Total $1253 (not including $150 for iSight)

    iMac 17″ $1299
    Has faster processor 1.83 versus 1.67, 160GB 3.5″ 7200rpm drive, faster (and not integrated) graphics card, Built-in iSight cam

  4. Not content with content? Here’s are some likely places Apple will be able to find video and audio content for fun and profit:
    Pixar, ABC Entertainment, ABC Daytime, ABC News, ABC Sports, ABC Kids, Touchstone Television, ABC Radio, Radio Disney, ESPN Radio and ABC News Radio, ESPN, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Toon Disney, SOAPnet, Walt Disney Television Animation, Fox Kids International, and Buena Vista Television. And Disney holds equity interest in Lifetime Entertainment Services, A&E Television Networks and E! Networks.

    Impressive list for a very wide audience.

  5. Only the insipid whiners among us are complaining about the new mini.

    Oh and the PC users who have nothing better to do between Doritos and porn.

    Oh and as soon as someone points me to the nearest retail outlet where I can buy HD movies (much less download them!) I will care if I can play HD on a computer.

  6. “Doritos and porn” Funny stuff!

    They’re not just for breakfast anymore. Cheetos and anime? Dangerously cheesy! Snicker doodles and film noir? Too sweet and sour.
    Skittles and British TV comedy? Now we’re talking.

    Speaking of cheesy, I can’t believe the unimaginitive PC press hasn’t made endless puns with Apple and Core Single and Duo. Or maybe I’ve gotten better at tuning them out.

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