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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15 Comments

  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?

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