Reports of Mac mini's Demise Greatly Exaggerated

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Click to viewSteve Jobs said the Mac mini is not dead yet, telling the assembled gathering at today's event he's extending the life of the tiniest 'Tosh. When asked the question, "How is the Mac mini doing? And are you updating it?" he responded, "We are refreshing the Mac mini and making it even faster. It's already in the online store." The upgrade is basically a speed bump.

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The slowest processor on the mini is now the 1.83 Intel Core 2 Duo, where that was the fastest available on that machine before. Now the top processor for the tiny Mac is a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Looking at the Apple Store, the Mac mini is priced at $599 for the 1.83GHz machine with 1GB of memory and a 80GB hard drive, while the 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo box with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive will sell for $799.

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I, as well, have to agree that this is the only Mac I would consider buying. It would be a useful way to experiment with and bone up on the Mac OS, and I could also dual-boot it to Windows and use it as a very nicely-sized general-purpose machine. This is, quite honestly, the only Apple hardware on the market right now that interests me.