Apple finally updates Mac Mini
Posted by bitguru on March 3, 2009
For those who have been waiting for a less antiquated MacMini (as I have been for well over a year now) the wait is now over. Apple released new Mini models this morning. The processors are about the same as before—no complaints there—but other components have moved from four-year-old technology to parity with the modern MacBook.
- Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics (from Intel GMA 950)
- mini-DVI and mini-DisplayPort with dual-display support (from one full-size DVI port)
- 4GB RAM ceiling, or perhaps higher when larger-capacity DDR3 DIMMs appear
- draft 802.11n wireless networking (from 802.11g)
- FireWire 800 (from FireWire 400) — adapters are available
- five USB 2.0 ports (from four)
- the US$600 model can write DVDs (from the US$800 model only) — now SATA
- Bluetooth 2.1 (from 2.0) — a very minor change
- 1066 MHz front-side bus (from 667 MHz)
- the Apple Remote is still supported but no longer included
A miniDVI-to-DVI adapter is included in the box. To connect to an older VGA monitor will require either a miniDVI-to-VGA adapter or a miniDP-to-VGA adapter. (Theoretically Apple could have supported chaining a DVI-to-VGA adapter on the end of the included miniDVI-to-DVI adapter on the Mini, but I presume not. It doesn’t work on other miniDVI-equipped macs.)
All in all it looks pretty good. If you’re in the market for a nice, simple, silent, desktop Mac I recommend you buy one.
As before, the Mini comes with neither keyboard nor mouse. If you plan to buy a keyboard, Apple introduced a smaller wired keyboard today. It’s sort of a combination of the existing slimline wired keyboard (which has a numeric keypad) and the existing Bluetooth wireless one (which doesn’t). All three are new since I last discussed keyboards for Mac Mini two years ago.