RUMOR: Apple to debut new Mac mini at Macworld Expo in January

“Apple will launch an upgrade to its low-end desktop, the Mac Mini, at January’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to an Apple corporate employee who contacted Wired.com,” Brian X. Chen blogs for Wired.

“The source, who wished to remain anonymous (to keep his job), could not disclose details about the Mac Mini other than its upcoming announcement at Macworld Expo, which begins Jan. 5. That’s where CEO Steve Jobs traditionally launches major products during his famous keynotes (assuming he does indeed show up),” Chen reports.

“Although Apple has been quiet about Mac Mini sales numbers, the diminutive desktop appears to be selling quite well. For example, the Mac Mini has been among the top 5 of Amazon’s best selling desktops; it currently stands at No. 3,” Chen reports. “Though our source confirms there will be a new Mac Mini announced January, it’s unlikely this will be Apple’s big product launch at the show.”

Chen reports some of what to expect of the new Mac mini, including:
• Aluminum Unibody contruction
• “Greenest Mac ever.”
• Video output will utilize DisplayPort
• Super Drive (no Blu-ray)
• 2 GB of RAM, expandable to 4 GB (double current levels)
• 2.0-GHz Core 2 Duo and a 2.3-GHz Core 2 Duo (up from 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz)
• Nvidia inside
• $499 and $699 prices

Full article here.

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

39 Comments

  1. No blu-ray. What’s up with Apple? We should have blu-ray BURNERS by now and touch screens on the new laptops as well, at least as an option like the overpriced SSD on the Air.

    For the most innovative computer company in the world, they sure are holding back these days.

    I guess when you’re swimming in billions of dollars of cash, you can do dang well what you please… you know, like donating six figures to political causes, etc.

    BTW, I really want a mini for my home entertainment system.

  2. Granted even this is all rumor. But I, for one, hope for 3-1/2″ drives rather than the slower notebook drives and an integrated power supply (I hate bricks). Access to the innards for upgrades should also be easier than is the case with today’s Mini.

    But Apple would be making a mistake going with Display Port as people don’t want to be restricted in choice of displays. This is especially the case in the business sector.

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