Apple granted patent for Mac mini, more

“Apple this week was granted three new patents from the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for its sub-desktop Mac mini computer, fluid cooling, and improved image compression techniques. The patent for the Mac mini could pave the way for future (and rumored) media player/hub designs for Apple and provide Apple with an advantage in diminutive desktop computing market,” MacNN reports.

Full article here.

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  1. It would seem as they learned from their iPod mistake and filed for a patent before they released it.

    It’s by far one of the greats industrial designs. It takes like 20 minutes to convince people that it’s not a CD burner, that it is in fact, a fully functional, incredibly fast computer.

    This patent says they’re going to stick with the design (which is still 3 years ahead of the market), dramatically increase it’s ability to handle compressed video AND…more importantly, going to be able to handle much faster, much hotter processor chips.

    What does all this mean? For 600 dollars, you will get a DVR/HD Cable Tuner/Full Feature computer.

    Remember, all you need to turn you regular CRT TV into an HD CRT TV is a tuner and a cable connection.

    Pretty genius if you ask me.

  2. Toby, I don’t think I understand your “turn you regular CRT TV into an HD CRT TV” with a tuner and cable connection. A SDTV CRT Television will NEVER be capable of producing an HDTV image.

    Now, an HD CRT Television would be able to do it, but that’s a given.

  3. Unless I misunderstand the system, you cannot apply for a patent after you have ‘sold’ the technology. But, then, neither can anyone else. Once the first mini was bought …
    Anyway, it takes a while for patents to be approved. This is just a case of “it’s finally been approved”. And, yeah … any system out there stepping on whatever they patented can expect a delivery from the men in grey pin-stripes. We, OTOH, can step up the hype on that ‘entertainment center’ model, or whatever your fevered imagination can come up with.

    MW = analysis … this program a pre-cog or something?

  4. Try configuring that X100 to match the Mac Mini Core Duo…it comes to the same price of $799 but without the airport, bluetooth or superdrive-although the X100 does have a slightly better graphics card. But you don’t get OS X with it.

  5. Shuttle’s X100, like the Mini, gives the impression of something smaller and sleeker than it truly is by relying on an external power supply. No thanks.

    The *real* shuttle, like the one I have at home, is a truly integrated marvel that reflects what the Mini might be when it grows up. Room for two full size disks plus an optical drive, fire wire, USB, audio in/out plus optical, two card slots, two RAM slots, IDE and SATA support, all readily accessible. And the power supply’s internal.

    I’m confident such a box with an apple compliant motherboard and an Apple logo on the front would be an instant winner. It would fill the remaining gap in Apple’s line, as there’s no “headless” Mac between the Mini and the Pro.

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