According to reports, a new Mac Mini will be announced on January 5, 2009 at Macworld 2009. This popular little desktop hasn’t been refreshed since August 2007 so it’s definitely due for an upgrade.
According to Wired.com these are the possible specs:
- Similar to the MacBooks, the Mac Mini will sport a silver enclosure composed of a block of aluminum.
- Some internal parts will be PVC-free, and combined with its size and low power requirements, Apple will tout this as the “greenest Mac ever.”
- For video output, the Mac Mini will use the DRM-crippled DisplayPort for connectivity, whichApple is offering to manufacturers for a no-fee license.
- It’ll have a CD-DVD slot loader (i.e. Super Drive). There will be no Blu-ray player, because Steve Jobs believes the format is a “bag of hurt.”
- It’ll ship with 2 GB of RAM, expandable to 4 GB — up from the current 1 GB, expandable to 2 GB. (The aluminum case should make expanding RAM easier than in the original Mini.)
- It’ll ship with at least a 160-GB hard drive.
- The Mac Mini will come in two options with different processor speeds: a 2.0-GHz Core 2 Duo and a 2.3-GHz Core 2 Duo (up from 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz).
- Like the higher-end MacBook and MacBook Pro, the 2.3-GHz Mac Mini will ship with an Nvidia video card, making this higher-end model a decent gaming device.
- The 2.0G-Hz Mac Mini will ship with an Intel video card, perhaps the GMA X3100 graphics card found in the low-end, white MacBook.
- The slower model will cost $500 and the faster model will cost $700 ($100 less than the current Mac Minis) in light of the recession.