Apple have announced a new version of the Mac mini, and as expected it includes refreshed NVIDIA graphics and a faster Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Two basic mini models are available, both with an 8x SuperDrive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics and 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; a 2.26Ghz CPU is an option.
With the rumors surrounding the iMac, Mac Pro and Mac mini, the fact that Apple have just taken their online store down to update it seems to be pointing at only one thing: new toys on the horizon. There's no telling exactly what might be fresh and shiny when the store returns, but we have a fair idea of what it could be.
According to the latest rumors, Apple is planning an event on March 24th which will see the company announce the latest iMac, Mac Pro and Mac mini product ranges. Although Apple has not publicly acknowledged the date, nor invited any press, two sites are reporting leaked information that apparently confirms at least new iMac announcements.
The leaked Mac mini image last week prompted mixed feedback, with some screaming "Photoshop!" and others content to assume another of Cupertino's wares had slipped through the net of secrecy. Now a video of the same device has emerged, showing the full device and its complement of ports.
Apple has discontinued its 20-inch Cinema Display, informing distributors that, effective immediately, "all backlog will be cancelled and there is no automatic order conversion." Listings of the monitor have already been removed from Apple's own online store, and stock at third-party suppliers is already very low; the company is believed to have halted production of the 20-inch display late in 2008.
Appleinsider has today reported a photo leak showing the rear of supposedly the new Mac Mini with revamped ports. Among the clues we can glean, assuming this image is legit, is that it supports early claim of DVI port to be replaced with Mini DisplayPort and Mini DVI to support newer Cinema Display. It also replaces the FireWire 400 port with a FireWire 800 jack and gains an additional USB port.
Can this be a real McCoy? Appleinisder said they don’t vouch for its authenticity but this is the 2nd picture they have gathered showing similar design. Although it seems out of fashion for Apple to equip an entry-level Mac mini with a FW 800, but nothing is certain until it’s official.