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Mac minis: 1.83/2.0GHz Core 2 Duo

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Tue August 7, 2007

Mac minis refreshed

Negating rumors of the machine's imminent death, Apple today announced new processor upgrades for the Mac mini. The tiny Mac now sports 1.83 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, updated from 1.66 GHz or 1.83 GHz Core Duo processors in the older models, respectively. Apple claims the processor upgrades make the new minis run 39% faster than previously. Otherwise, the Mac mini's specs are similar to older models. The units still ship with an Apple Remote with Front Row, support up to 2GB of memory, use the Intel GMA 950 graphics processor and offer 802.11 b/g wireless networking. However, the new models do ship with the newly released iLife '08 suite rather than iLife '06, which was included with the previous models. The new Mac minis are still priced from $599, and available from the online Apple Store.




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  1. mthomes

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    intel GPU!?

    Thanks for the C2D upgrade apple, but...

    INTEL INTEGRATED GRAPHICS GPU!!???

    I'll pay a little more $ for a real graphics card version. I'm not that concerned about staying in a certain price point and neither should apple.

  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ooooh, yeah...

    Yep, and the 802.11g limit is a bummer because that would have helped w/ the "home theater" solution. I guess that's to be expected w/ Apple TV around.

    It would still seem that the mini is on life support...sorta of comatose state. Apple can't quite pull the plug but nothing is really changing with it.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    amazed...

    ...that they're selling any of these "mac-in-a-box" thingies at the ridiculous price they're asking! $599 with only a combo-drive with the cheapest iMac now over $1100, this is seriously taking the p*ss!

  1. poulh

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    i'm ok with this

    i have a cinema display hooked up to my powerbook g4. now, i can keep the mobility for web surfing, but get a little more speed for processing photos from my 8 megapixel camera.

    better yet, down the road, i can buy a new mac mini for around the same price, and throw the old mac mini in the closet as a server.

    thanks apple for not getting rid of it.

  1. feldmeth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Older minis

    Isn't Apple's practice to clear out inventory of older models when upgrades arrive? If so, what could one expect the older Mini with a superdrive to sell for new? I'm leery of the refurbished models. And is the Apple store the best place to get one? Thanks.

  1. pharmacopoeia

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple refurb's

    are fine, I've purchased several different macs from the refurb offerings and have had no problems with them.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    17" iMac vs Mini

    I guess it was a choice between keeping the 17" iMac and the mini, and they chose the mini. I'll bet this was just a socket upgrade... the old minis handled the Core 2 Duo just fine, according to arstechnica, so they could upgrade the CPU without having a big stock of older minis in the pipeline.

    Which is why they didn't get rid of the awful GMA950. Damnit.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    arstwips

    Apple, where is the expandable tower for the home??? Steve Jobs says he won't make something he is not 'proud'...but give me a freaking break. GMA 950 makes him proud? no expansion options makes him proud? Not giving customers what they keep begging for makes him proud? Watching desktop share stagnate in an environment where its obvious people would like a Mac? This makes him proud?

    STEVE FOR GODS SAKE, LACK OF CHOICES IS NOT AN IMPROVEMENT. We want a tower, that you can add your own GPU and your own raid solution. Professionals that need 8 cores wills till buy the overpriced Towers...but where is the consumer tower...I'll hang on to my G4 Sawtooth for a little longer, but...who am I kidding, along with my core 2 duo Windows box.

    The only thing I can say, is you can build your own Mac....instructions all over the net. Apple cannot be bothered.

  1. mprogers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    CEO Wannabees

    I'm always amused by the CEO wannabees who know _exactly_ what's wrong with Apple, and _exactly_ what to do to fix it. Did any of you see Apple's last quarterly results?

    Apple's greatest strength is that they _don't_ listen to focus groups, they do what they think is right.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    802.11g???

    One odd thing is that the new Mini continues to support 801.11g rather than 802.11n which is what is on the other Macs. Wonder why?

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