Apple finally introduces an affordable Mac - Mac mini to sell for US$499
By Mike Hanlon
January 10, 2005
MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, January 11, 2005 Apple today introduced the Macintosh for the masses - the long-rumoured, affordable, compact, bring-your-own-screen Mac mini. Just two-inches tall and weighing only 1.3 kilograms (2.9 pounds), the Mac mini redefines design for the sub-US$1,000 desktop. Mac mini offers the processing and graphics performance to take advantage of demanding consumer applications with either a 1.25 GHz or 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor and ATI Radeon 9200 graphics with 32MB of dedicated DDR memory. Both models come with a slot-load Combo drive for watching DVD movies and burning CDs, and up to an 80GB hard drive for storing digital media creations.
"Starting at just $499, Mac mini is the most affordable way to enjoy Mac OS X and iLife," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Just plug in your display, keyboard and mouse and you've got an incredibly compact Mac for a price that almost anyone can afford."
Every Mac mini includes iLife '05, which was also introduced today, with major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, iDVDand GarageBand. iLife '05 also features the latest version of iTunes.
Mac mini includes one FireWire400 and two USB 2.0 ports for easy plug- and-play connections to popular peripherals such as Apple's market-leading iPoddigital music player, digital still cameras, digital video camcorders and printers. Mac mini offers a DVI interface that also supports VGA so customers can easily connect to a variety of LCD or CRT displays. The new Mac mini includes built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K V.92 modem for easy Internet access, and offers optional support for an AirPortExtreme Card for 54 Mbps 802.11g fast wireless networking along with an internal Bluetooth module for the latest in wireless communications.
Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther" is pre-installed on every Mac mini and delivers breakthrough features including iChat AV desktop video conferencing, Mail, Safari web browser, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD Player and the Classic environment. Mac mini also comes with a collection of outstanding productivity and entertainment titles designed to meet the needs of the entire family, including Quicken 2005 for Mac, Nanosaur 2 and MarbleBlast Gold.
Mac mini will be available in the US on Saturday, January 22 and worldwide on Saturday, January 29 through the Apple Store(www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers in two standard configurations.
The 1.25 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of $499, includes: -- 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor; -- 256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable to 1GB; -- 40GB Ultra ATA hard drive; -- Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive; -- ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32MB video memory; -- One FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports; -- 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet networking and 56K V.92 modem; -- Internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth; -- DVI or VGA out (adapter included), composite/S-video out with optional adapter; and -- Built-in speaker and headphone/line out.
The 1.42 GHz Mac mini, for a suggested retail price of US$599, includes: -- 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processor; -- 256MB of 333 MHz DDR SDRAM, expandable to 1GB; -- 80GB Ultra ATA hard drive; -- Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive; -- ATI Radeon 9200 graphics processor with 32MB video memory; -- One FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports; -- 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet networking and 56K V.92 modem; -- Internal support for AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth; -- DVI or VGA out (adapter included), composite/S-video out with optional adapter; and -- Built-in speaker and headphone/line out.
Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 1GB of RAM, SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW), AirPort Extreme Card, internal Bluetooth module, wired or wireless Apple Keyboard and Apple Mouse and the AppleCare Protection Plan.
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