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. @spinaltap,

    Apologies, I was not criticizing the mini for not being powerful, far from it. I used to have a G4 mini and used Photoshop and InDesign on it daily (hooked up to a 20″ Cinema Display).

    But for the price, you can easily persuade Grandpa Jo to buy one.

    Long live the Mac mini!!!

  2. @ Ratty.

    Yeah, I hope Apple keep firewire in the Mini, too.

    But if certainly wouldn’t surprize me if they don’t and then you’ll have Stockholme syndrome afflicted fanbois complaining every time you complain about it.

  3. I really, REALLY want a new Mac next year and a new Mini would really fit the bill. However, I just gotta have FireWire. I wanted a new MacBook but they took FireWire out of that. So I pined for a new Mac Mini. If Apple crushes me a second time, I am hosed bit time. I dont want an all in one iMac and simply cant afford a Mac Pro.

    I have really come to depend on FireWire and cant believe Apple is just dropping it like that.

  4. @ BillyBob@home
    “No blu-ray. What’s up with Apple?
    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…”

    It would seem to me that “swimming in billions of dollars of cash” indicates that Apple Knows what it is doing, and doing it Right. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Apple needs a product to compete with the cheap Dell boxes that businesses and schools buy to replace aging desktops. I’m predicting the Mini offers an option without any optical drive (a la the MacBook Air) and offers the SuperDrive or BluRay as standalone device, with $499 price tag.

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