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Mac Mini Successor to Appear In January, Wired Says

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Apparently, after a long update hiatus the successor to the current Mac mini could finally appear at MacWorld 2009. At least, that's what Gadget Lab says:

Apple will launch an upgrade to its low-end desktop, the Mac Mini, at January's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to an Apple corporate employee who contacted Wired.com.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous (to keep his job), could not disclose details about the Mac Mini other than its upcoming announcement at Macworld Expo, which begins Jan. 5.

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Wired seems confident about the leak, but doesn't offer any other solid information. They speculate on the specs based on the current product line, like an aluminum brick design (not sure why this would be useful in a desktop computer), DisplayPort, and 4GB of RAM maximum, with 2.0-GHz Core 2 Duo and a 2.3-GHz Core 2 Duo. [Wired]

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laird
Laird Popkin

Some of this speculation seems "off the mark".

The point of the Mac Mini is that it's a nice little, affordable computer for home users.

Given that, I can see Apple upgrading to the latest Intel CPU, adding DVI, etc., so that it's a good mid-range machine, and I can see them making it even smaller, since Apple has made "small" a competitive advantage/differentiator.

But I can't see Apple pushing the Mini into the high-end (and thus bigger, hotter, and more expensive) with dual CPU's, multiple hard drives, etc. That's where Apple sells the Pro machines. Or Blu-Ray - that format is expensive and failing in the marketplace, so while it would be cool, it probably doesn't make sense.

So, my "cool" speculation, it'd be cool for Apple to let people run the Apple TV software on the Mini, so people that want to use a Mini in their living room as a media center can do so. This would sell more Mini's for people to put in the living room, and in effect create a large number of Apple TV's, and thus a large new audience for iTunes content. Add an iPod dock, and you've got the "magic box in the living room" that stores all of your media, plays it on your TV, synchs to your iPod, etc. It should all be pretty easy, and makes a HUGE impact on the marketplace. Fun!