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Apple offers faster Mac minis

updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed September 6, 2006

Faster Mac minis

As expected following reports of delays to bulk orders, Apple today also increased processor speeds on both models of the Mac mini, delivering dual-core performance across the line at no additional cost. Both models now feature the dual-core Core Duo processor. The $799 model now includes a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, and the $599 model now includes a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from a 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor. The Apple Store offers a 1-2 day ship times on the new Mac minis.




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  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sweet!

    now they have the "usual" suspect upgrades out of the way, next week should be exciting!

  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No video upgrade

    A far better thing would have been to upgrade the video chipset to something even remotely acceptable... I'm becoming more dismayed as Apple continues to release machines which fail to meet my needs in at least one fundamental way. Never before have I had this problem with Apple. I'm hoping the problem gets resolved with the next revision.

    MacBook Pro: No model small enough for my needs MacBook: No model with acceptable video performance iMac: No model cheap enough for my 10 year old except possibly the bottom end model, in which Apple's placed a crappy video chipset, which I won't buy. Mini: No model with acceptable video performance MacPro: Super sweet, but unfortunately not what I'm currently in the market for, as it might be overkill for a 10 year old :-)

    Never before in 20 years of buying Apple products have I looked at Apple's offerings and found nothing I would consider purchasing. They currently make no laptop suited to my desires, nor do they produce a desktop suitable for my daughter. *sigh*

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: no video upgrade

    Oh, come on man! What do you want? Apple to produce computers that its customers want? That's just insane! Steve knows what you need and what you should want, and that's what you should be buying.

    And no one wants Apple to offer another model or two. If they did that, there might be 7 models of macs, and then you might as well have 700, as computer users would be just sooooo confused from such a large line-up. (And don't talk to me that they've already got a boatload of models, with differnt revisions of the same hardware having the same name, confusing people, because Apple's naming scheme is just so obvious - MacMini Fall 2006 vs macMini Spring 2006, and PowerMac G5 Early 2005 vs PowerMac G5 Late 2004. iBook dual-USB vs iBook firewire.)

    I mean, if Apple offered a mid-priced tower with limited (but available) expandability (say a PCIexpress video slot plus one more), for $1000-1200, potential mac users wouldn't know whether to buy that, the mini, or the imac, and then go running into the night, lost forever until they die, turn into zombies, and start to feast on the brains of windows users (I know, what brains!). Apple has said many times they won't be responsible for another episode of swarms of walking dead swarming the country.

    So, there you have it. You COULD get a computer that fits your needs, but you wouldn't enjoy it for long before you are eaten alive. Which do you want????

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    integrated video is fine

    The integrated video is perfectly fine for an entry level system. It handles core image, etc. just fine. These systems are not targeted as high-end gaming system... get over it.

    Anyway have you actually tried one of the systems with the integrated chipset? It does ok for many games (often better then G4/G3 systems released recently except for high-end ones)

    ...and about the pricing ... Apple systems have never been so inexpensive for what you get. The new systems easily destroy any PowerPC based systems in performance, features, and price (especially in performance for price).

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What's wrong?

    Panjandrum, I'm not sure what the problem is with the video performance. What is it that your 10-year old needs to do, that requires high-end 3D card? While the bottom end sub $1k iMac with shared video memory may (arguably) not be the fastest 3D solution, the Radeon card in the rest of them is as good as any other. While I don't have much 3D software on my Core Duo iMac, I tested (albeit on Windows with Bootcamp) MS Flight Simulator X (the demo preview), which has some pretty steep requirements. I set all 3D and graphic settings at full tilt and framerate was still above 30, which is as smooth as a healthy human eye (and brain) can resolve.

    Never before was there an iMac below $1000. For my 10-year old, I would gladly get it.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well..

    I have never used the mini, but the words "intergrated video" make me cringe when makng a purchase. But for the price, who can argue?.. well, except panjandrum that is.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yea..

    I am also disgusted with this integrated video thing apple has going on. Even the same stupid intel chip with dedicated video memory would be better. I have an iBook G4 (mid 2005), and i can play unreal tournament 2004 with full settings with no hiccoughs. I tried iChat with video chatting on a macbook, there was tiling and artefacts all over the video window. My iBook has NEVER experienced such an issue, except once when it was a bandwidth issue back when i had DSL before i got fiber. Apple needs to realize that people love capable low end models, because that is what the highest number of people can afford. Crippling them with c*** graphics system means people will be turned off. But hey, apple doesn't care about us long-term mac vets, the ones who were there in the dark days of the mid 90's, the ones buying osx, and the ones who were there when people in retail stores were saying apple is going out of business. No no. They care about growing marketshare, and they are willing to piss off some of its long term user base to gain marketshare. I just hope they fix this crappy integrated graphics thing before my iBook needs replacing in a few years.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    As I have said...

    As I have said... And will continue to say..

    More and more... *APPLE* software, and even parts of the OS, are limited based on what GPU you have...

    Most people have responded to that w/ a "It's PRO apps, shut the f**k up and buy a Mac Pro", or something near that comment..

    Seriously?

    I know a guy that on the advice of a Mac tech, that isn't used anymore, bought Aperture for his Wife's iMac G5... More than 'nuf CPU for the job, but the GPU wasn't supported and isn't upgradable..

    How many switchers will enter the Mac market and have similar issues?

    I really don't see a slight difference between two 2 year-old GPU designs significant enough to distinguish between Pro, and not... Shrug.

    With more and more *APPLE* OS functions, and software, being DEPENDENT on GPU performance... Is it really reasonable that only ONE Mac currently made offers GPU upgradability? Seems more and more idiotic from where I sit.

    Either GPU upgradeability should be added to one of the existing consumer Macs... or a mini Extreme, Cube neo, type mini tower should be offered with at least one open PCIe slot... Have Intel Integrated *spit* Graphics built-in, and offer BTO for better GPUs and future upgradability, for when iLife 08 requires a better GPU than your 1.5yo mini has.

    Shrug.

    Just my $0.02US

    jwd

  1. skipwiley

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    CPU is dissapointing

    Either the price point should go back down to $499/$599 or they should have upgraded the CPUs to Core2. I cannot believe that I waited for such a pathetic bump to the mini, Apple really needs to release a midrange headless Mac. I say bring back the "Mac cube":

    A cube form factor resembling the Mac mini 2 SATA sleds (7200) 1 Optical Drive 1 Ram Riser (4 slots) 2 PCI Express Slots (1 pre-filled with VPU) 1x1 USB & Fire400 on the front 1 CPU (core2) upgradeable $1099

  1. godrifle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Too much $$$

    Too much money.

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