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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37 Comments

  1. Hey Dude,

    The fact that Apple allows creation of HD movies, the fact that TV is now available in HD format, compiled to the reality that all new non-crt tv’s are able to play HD makes this more important. Frankly, for a decked out mini, I can get an iMac with much better specs for a similar end price and the iMac has a built-in cam.

    I believe the price jump will ultimately hurt sales and that the $499 price might have been a perfect psychological barrier that attracted a lot of attention. Perhaps the $599 version should have been offered at $499 without the remote just to have this appeal.

    If PVR had been added, a $599 PVR computer with a full-blown computer OS, virus-free email and web-surfing, and the best user-experience on the market, coupled with iPhoto-photocasting, Front Row, iTunes/iPod, etc. would have destroyed the market and capture 80% of the PVR market within 18 months. I still think this is the game plan but PVR will canabalize efforts to get studios on to iTunes. The functionality has been there ever since firewire appeared on cable boxes. Apple obviously has a fully functioning PVR in their labs.

    Everything Jobs is about timing – introducing products and services at the right time either to dominate a fragmented portion of the industry, or to gain leverage of studios or other companies.

    As a side note, no one has mentioned that Disney has its own cell phone service: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8485103/

    Why hasn’t anyone linked this with the debut of the Apple iPhone? This sounds like a slam dunk for Apple.

  2. Well, it certainly does not have HDCP support, it does not have component video-out, and unless you pay $799 for the Core Duo model you aren’t up to spec to play HD Quicktime content. Otherwise, uh, sure! A cheap-ass Mac mini for your $5000 plasma display and $1200 surround sound system! What a perfect match!

    Gosh, I hope nobody calls me a whiner for not being a Mac fan boy. That would be really awful and stuff.

  3. The Intel 950 can handle it. As the first Mac Mini owner will learn from playing HD trailers at Quicktime.com.

    And it’s OK to call something an Intel Mac because we didn’t know for a long time what the chip would be called. If we didn’t know the PPC name, we would have said IBM Mac.

  4. https://register.go.com/disney/disney_mobile_mvno/index
    Disney Mobile + Apple iPhone

    http://mobile.espn.go.com/
    ESPN

    So now Disney/ABC/ESPN/APPLE have a huge purchasing-power block over Sprint, either to have their own MVNO or to use Sprints openly.

    Kind of gives a LOT more leverage to the Apple iPhone if Sprint can get great stuff (and much better content) from the Disney family.

    As well, Apple’s mobile browser is now becoming a mainstay for Nokia. Interesting stuff!

  5. I’m going to wait for a tuner to toss my HTPC (a 6 year old Dell, windows 2000, 160GB Hard Drive) out the window. I’m sure the Mini will play mpg2 just fine… but it is not a media center unless it can record tv and has some space to store at least 45 hours. Am I missing something?

  6. Since anything worth a darn to watch is controlled by the cable companies and HDCP

    You need to get out more. The stuff controlled by cable companies and HDCP is shit. You can find much, much better stuff, for free, using DTV, Google Video, Limewire or Bittorrent.

  7. Dug asks “Am I missing something”

    yes, you are.. Apple’s movie service will be streaming rentals. Just like the current quicktime movie trailers.

    You will pay 3 or 4 bucks to rent the movie and have access to stream for a couple of days… Just like paying 3 or 4 bucks to rent a dvd from blockbuster, except you will do it from your couch.. The file will never reside on your hard drive.

    PVR on a Mac? Never.. Not as long as apple is in the business of selling video content on the ITMS.

  8. Do you really think that this ‘new’ Integrated Graphic chip may/will/can handle HD TV????

    Apple always had promoted the graphic cards inside their machines; with a full page dedicated to graphics:

    http://www.apple.com/imac/graphics.html
    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/graphics.html
    http://www.apple.com/imacg5/graphics.html
    http://www.apple.com/powermac/graphics.html
    http://www.apple.com/powerbook/display.html

    Now… it’s a ‘mini’ ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> side note in the lower right hand of this page:

    http://www.apple.com/macmini/intelcore.html

    Is Apple hiding something? or Don’t want to promote Intel’s Integrated Chip as it does with ATI’s or Radeon’s???

  9. Nick, you can get a DVI to component video adapter. The real question I have is the bandwidth the DVD player can output so you don’t experience color washouts (especially on dark scenes) like I have with my crappy high dollar Denon player…

    For all the HD mini doubters:

    From another thread:

    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

    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

    Since the integrated graphics chip has special capabilities for handling video does anyone think that this chip will offload some of the work the processor would normally do so the above specs don’t apply to the mini? They chose the speed for a reason

    Furthermore what is all the crap about the integrated graphics chip…except for the Power Macs is not like anyone was ever going to switch out the graphics card in the IMacs and PowerBooks, Ibooks…

  10. For all those whiners who are disappointed this system is no good for HD… a DirecTV HD DVR costs about $600 (although I remember it being more like $999 about a year ago). The mac mini is a full fledged computer. Mac OS X alone costs $129. However, with the purchase of a mac mini, you receive OS X and iLife in a small form factor COMPUTER for $599. The HD DVR box only does DVR for $599. When you think about it, the mac mini is a bargain.

    For all those who say the true cost of a mac mini needs to include a keyboard, mouse and monitor… that is not where mac mini is targeted. It is assumed that you already own those components from a previous computer (PC or MAC). In fact, if you use it with a TV, I’m assuming that is already paid for. All you really need is the keyboard and mouse. And if you really are going to have a kick-ass home theater system, the keyboard/mouse combo is going to have to be wireless (Bluetooth… which Apple sells too). And for the record, if you’re sinking $599 to add this mac mini to a TV, consider yourself lucky to have that much disposable income.

  11. i’m the original poster that noted this machine can’t playback 1080p content (at least from h.264 and according to Apple)

    i’m waiting to see how well the core duo version works out with playback. I plan on going by an Apple store this weekend to see it in action.

    I may be pleasantly surprised – but i never claimed to know what real-world performance is – i’m simply quoting apple saying that it doesn’t have the right stuff for your living room and 45″ Aquos 1080p monitor. The real world could be different.

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