Apple updates Mac mini with up to 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor

Apple’s Mac mini makes it easy and affordable to work with digital photos, movies, music, and the web. And now it all happens with the blazing speed of the Intel Core 2 Duo. Delivering unprecedented power in such a small package, the Mac mini runs up to 39% faster than previously. Coupled with the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X, Mac mini runs all your modern and innovative software, speedily.

Apple’s Mac mini, the most affordable way to Mac OS X, Intel Core 2 Duo, iLife ’08, and Front Row starts at US$599.

Mac mini comes with iLife ’08, a suite of easy-to-use applications that make it easy to make amazing things. Enhance, organize, and share your photos via iPhoto. Create calendars, books, and cards. Make an epic starring your kids in iMovie. Turn your photo and movie creations into professional DVDs with iDVD. Create original music in GarageBand, even if you can’t carry a tune. Make podcasts and blogs. Then publish them online via .Mac and iWeb.2 You’ll be amazed at how quickly, easily, and beautifully you can share your digital life.

Inside its tiny 2-inch-tall, 6.5-inch-square anodized aluminum enclosure, Mac mini houses the fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an 80GB or 120GB hard drive, a slot-loading Combo drive or SuperDrive, as well as built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking (based on 802.11g standard).

Mac mini also gives you plenty of room to grow. Simply connect your digital devices, such as cameras, iPod, printer, camcorder, or keyboard, to the Mac mini over USB 2.0 or FireWire. Share files around your house at blazing speeds with built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet. Enjoy high-quality sound on almost any speaker system with double-duty analog/digital audio. Record digital and analog sources through audio line in, perfect for your latest podcast in GarageBand.

Apple’s new Mac mini specs include:
• 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
• 2MB or 4MB on-chip L2 cache
• 667MHz frontside bus
• 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) on two SO-DIMMs; supports up to 2GB
• Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory
• DVI video output to support digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels; supports 20-inch Apple Cinema Display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports noncoherent digital displays up to 135MHz
• VGA video output (using included adapter) to support analog resolutions up to 1920 by 1080 pixels
• S-video and composite video output to connect directly to a TV or projector (using Apple DVI to Video Adapter, sold separately)
• Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
• Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking (based on 802.11g standard)
• Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) up to 3 Mbps
• Built-in speaker
• Apple Remote
• Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
• Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)
• 80GB or 120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive; optional 160GB drive
• Slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW): reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed
• Slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW): writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 2.4x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW and DVD+RW discs at up to 4x speed, reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed
• Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Xcode Developer Tools)
• iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
• Front Row

See the upgraded Mac mini here.


  1. What’s amazing is that Apple’s been consistent in how they’ve handled the mini — bringing it refreshes every so often. And yet people will complain that because Apple didn’t do X or Y, then the mini sucks — never mind that they know very well what the mini is, what it isn’t, and what its updates consist of. Still, they whine on…

  2. I just hope these product announcements silence people complaining about the deluge of iPhone news by making it obvious that up until this very day, there simply was nothing worth reporting regarding the Mac.

  3. Ok, I’ll start off… This is *not* the upgrade to the Mini many of us were hoping for. We’ve called it the Missing Mac, the Mini II, the Mini Tower, but we all know what we’re waiting for: a headless, expandable, small form factor box. What we have here is the same basic box with a CPU upgrade. Color me disappointed.

  4. ack! it isn’t a machine Apple has never offered! (headless semipro mid tower)

    is has no numberpad!

    no isight!

    it can’t run counterstrike!

    what they think i will pay $600 for core 2 duo and os x and ilife? get real!

    it should have an iPhone like screen on top!

    ….and be infinitely upgradable!

    …and grant wishes!

    …and improve my sex life!

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