Apple Quietly Announces Mac Mini Update

Apple quietly updated the Mac Mini today. Apple did not mention the update in any of its press releases today, and only acknowledged the update when asked during its question and answer session.

The update brings Apple’s line to all Core 2 Duo processors, with a 1.83 GHz model and a 2.0 GHz model starting at $599. The new models will also feature Apple’s newly released iLife ’08 software. Other details are as follows:

– 1 GB RAM standard (up from 512 MB on entry model)
– 80 or 120 GB Hard Drives (up from 60/80 GB)
– Integrated GMA 950 graphics
– Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11g wireless + bluetooth 2.0 builtin

Mac mini comes with iLife ’08, a suite of easy-to-use applications that make it easy to make amazing things. Enhance, organize, and share your photos via iPhoto. Create calendars, books, and cards. Make an epic starring your kids in iMovie. Turn your photo and movie creations into professional DVDs with iDVD. Create original music in GarageBand, even if you can’t carry a tune. Make podcasts and blogs. Then publish them online via .Mac and iWeb. You’ll be amazed at how quickly, easily, and beautifully you can share your digital life.

The full-screen Front Row media experience — with its intuitive menus, large text, and brilliant graphics — lets you browse the music, photos, and videos on your Mac mini as easily as you browse music on your iPod. The included Apple Remote lets you enjoy your media from anywhere in the room, from your desk chair to favorite sofa. Front Row and Mac mini can even play music, photos, and videos saved on other computers in the house, thanks to Bonjour instant networking.3 So gather your friends and dazzle them with a slideshow of your vacation pics, a home movie, your latest playlist, or a DVD.

Inside its petite 2-inch-tall, 6.5-inch-square anodized aluminum enclosure, Mac mini houses the fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an 80GB or 120GB hard drive, a slot-loading Combo drive or SuperDrive, as well as built-in wireless — all whisper-quiet. This modular design lets you upgrade your current system to the elegance, simplicity, and reliability of Macintosh without a lot of extra expense. BYODKM: Bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse (or buy new ones). Either way you’ll be up and running in minutes.

Mac mini also gives you plenty of room to grow. Simply connect your digital devices, such as cameras, iPod, printer, camcorder, or keyboard, to the Mac mini over USB 2.0 or FireWire. Share files around your house at blazing speeds with built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet. Enjoy high-quality sound on almost any speaker system with double-duty analog/digital audio. Record digital and analog sources through audio line in, perfect for your latest podcast in GarageBand. Mac mini gives you the built-in amenities you need to enjoy the digital lifestyle.