updated 04:25 pm EST, Thu February 19, 2009
Mac mini 2009 Photo Leak
A photo has surfaced today at AppleInsider that appears to support earlier claims that Apple will release an updated Mac mini with revamped ports. The image shows a system which replaces the single, full-size DVI connector with both Mini DVI and Mini DisplayPort connectors that would let it run legacy displays as well as Apple's newer Cinema Display. It also replaces the FireWire 400 port with a faster FireWire 800 jack and adds a fifth USB port.
Other design traits, including the aluminum shell, white back and other expansion, appear identical to the existing system, suggesting that most changes would be on the inside. Apple has long hinted that the Mac mini will switch to an NVIDIA platform that uses some variant of the GeForce 9400M, which adds the option of DisplayPort as well as much faster integrated graphics than the Intel GMA 950 used in current Mac minis.
When the system will be released is still unknown, though the most recent rumors have tentatively offered a March introduction.