updated 08:30 am EDT, Fri September 1, 2006
Mac mini update looms
According to a forum post on MacBidouille, one Apple customer reports receiving an upgraded Mac mini when they purchased a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini. The computer they received 1.66GHz Core Duo model which included a 100GB hard drive (higher than the 60GB drie expected) and a SuperDrive (opposed to Combo drive anticipated). AppleInsider reports that this would not be the first time that Apple has silently upgraded a computer, allegedly in an attempt to clear inventory of old products. In fact, the last PowerPC revision to the Mac mini line occurred this very way when Apple began shipping 1.33GHZ G4s in place of 1.25GHz G4s and 1.5GHz G4s in place of 1.42GHz models within the same retail boxes. Previous reports indicated that Apple may be allowing the Mac mini inventory to drain as it has been refusing bulk orders -- historically a sign of a product update soon.