Mac mini Topic


The Mac mini has been MIA from the Refurbished Mac section of the Online Apple Store the past few weeks.  As I've been looking to get one for development work, I noticed today that Apple has a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server available for $849.  A 3-5 business day shipping time frame is listed.


Apple's MacBook portables have taken three top spots in the June 2009 issue of Consumer Reports.  Apple Macintosh laptops ranked highest across the 13-inch, 14-to 16-inch and 17- to 18-inch categories as Apple readily beat out PC vendors who sell Windows based systems.  Interestingly the systems that Microsoft has featured in their recent television ads came nowhere close to Apple systems in the ratings.


Our iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro guides have been updated to reflect the specification and feature changes of the latest models (Early 2009) released on March 3, 2009.  The guides not only offer an overview of the each Mac desktop lineup but also provide detailed information broken down into the several different categories as shown below:


In his March 28, 2009 article posted at The Seattle Times, Glenn Fleishman puts forth the argument that Apple's recently updated Mac mini desktop computers offer a compelling reason to be part of you home entertainment system. 


Apple today announced updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop lines, including a 24-inch iMac that is priced more affordably than ever before and a Mac mini with powerful new integrated graphics. For the same $1,499 price as the previous generation 20-inch iMac, the new 24-inch iMac delivers a 30 percent larger display, twice the memory and twice the storage. Delivering up to five times better graphics performance, the updated Mac mini now features the same groundbreaking NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics introduced with the aluminum unibody MacBook family. The Mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desktop, drawing less than 13 watts of power when idle. All iMac and Mac mini systems come with Mac OS X Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system, and iLife '09, Apple's unparalleled suite of consumer applications for managing and organizing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.


We published a report earlier today that sheds light on a rumor that Apple may release new iMac models next week.  To understand why it makes sense, we need to look at Apple's current fiscal quarter.  Apple is participating in Q3 2008 - or in other words, the third fiscal quarter of 2008.  Apple's fiscal year runs from October to September.


In a February 2008 PC Magazine review Joel Santo Domingo rates the Apple Mac mini a 3.5 out of 5 and states that it is "Worth putting on your short list".  He starts his review by stating: