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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

And Now For Some Other Apple Store News...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:26 AM

"On Wednesday Apple marked the demise of the MacBook. No, not its entire line of laptops, which made up 70 percent of the Macs sold in the company's just-completed third quarter. Getting the chop is the $999 white plastic MacBook, which has held down the low-cost end of Apple's laptop line for years."

Well this one was kind of a no brainer wasn't it? But you can still get it in the refurbished store if you really want one. But no reason for it (unless you are really nostalgic for that clunky style) is there? That isn't all that changed in the Apple Store. They also debuted a new Mac Mini, with the obligatory Thunderbolt connection, as well as a new Cinema Display. This Thunderbolt display really is slick, with all the connectors you need. I'm thinking this may be my next purchase as it would go really well with my MacBook Air.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Latest Snow Leopard Update Causes Problem With Mac Mini Ports

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

"Apple's latest Snow Leopard update seems to be wreaking havoc with audio out through the optical and HDMI ports on the Mac mini."

Some users are reporting this problem and it has shown up on the support boards at Apple. What happens is audio drops out and the only solution is to do a complete reboot. Talk about annoying.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Build Your Own Hackintosh Mini

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 06:04 AM

"We've shown you how to build a Hackintosh with enough power to rival a Mac Pro, but for those of you who want a still powerful Mac on a budget you can build a Hack Mini. We'll show you what you need to build it and walk you through the entire OS X installation."

And walk through is the key here, as they really detail it step by step. Nice tutorial that, without accounting for your time, will cost you less than what you would pay in the Apple store. Of course it won't be quite as small as the official Mac Mini but it is pretty small.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Mac Mini Kickstarter Project

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 05:00 AM

"In keeping with making things as efficient as possible, I don't have any paper in my office, I stand in front of my wall mounted screen, and I recently got rid of my desk entirely, instead choosing a simple rolling keyboard stand. This doesn't leave much room for a computer, even one as small as the 2010 Mac Mini. I wanted to wall mount it but there are only a couple mounts made for the second generation Mac Mini and none of them quite suited my needs."

So he did what any able bodied inventor type would do...he created his own mount for his Mac Mini. This is one of the projects over at Kickstarter, and so far they have raised $450.00 USD out of the $6,000.00 USD requested. As with all of these Kickstarter projects, there are several funding levels from $10.00 USD all the way up to $5,000.00 USD, with each level offering perks as you move up the chain.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What Happens When a Life-Long Windows User Sets Up a Mac Mini

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 08:00 AM

This isn't an unboxing, or a review. It's what happens when a life-long Windows user experiences a Mac for the first time; it's basically an ethnographic study where I do a stream-of-consciousness commentary as I set up the product. You may or may not find it interesting - it's quite different from anything I've ever done. These video clips were shot in June of 2010, immediately after I purchased the Mac Mini. I delayed publishing the clips for a long while because I wasn't sure if anyone would find it interesting or useful, but based on the comments I'm seeing on YouTube, people like it. Read more...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Upgrading RAM on the Mac Mini 2010 Model

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Desktops" @ 04:00 PM

I should have known that when I proclaimed how easy the RAM upgrade on the Mac Mini was going to be, it would turn out to have a bit of a catch - but, overall, Apple did an excellent job with making the RAM upgrade as simple as possible. Big thanks to Kingston for sending me the RAM for this review - the Mac Mini uses DDR3 PC8500 RAM running at 1066mhz, so these are your options from Kingston.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mac Mini 2010 Model Unboxing & First Impressions

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Desktops" @ 08:15 AM

Hi there. My name is Jason, and I just bought my first Mac: a Mac Mini. Here's a couple of videos about my first 18 minutes spent with it.

This is an unboxing and first impressions video of the new Mac Mini (2010 model). This Mac Mini [affiliate] has an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU running at 2.4 Ghz, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320 GB hard drive (likely 5400 RPM, though Apple won't say), an 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD and CD burner), AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi (which is compatible with 802.11a/b/g), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, gigabit Ethernet, an SD card slot, four USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire 800 port, and an NVIDIA GeForce 320M GPU. Part two after the break. Read more...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Is the New Mac Mini a Replacement for Apple TV?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 11:00 AM

"Lots of musing yesterday that the new Mac Mini is a "Apple TV in disguise." It's not. Here's why:"

Some of my thoughts on the (author's) reasons why the new Mac Mini is not really intended to replace an Apple TV:

  • Price. The new Mac Mini is significantly more expensive than an Apple TV. Agreed.

  • HDMI instead of DVI. Simply technology marching on, and nothing more. DVI = history.

  • Software. Front Row is not the software to foster a switch from AppleTV. Not now, at least.

  • Not the Apple Way. Apple doesn't often "Osborne" their products.

  • Consumers. Many consumers won't spend this much money for an ‘add-on' to a TV. Agreed.

  • Content. Many consumers are satisfied by the content delivered or made available by their provider.

  • Price. Again, price.

Apple has given no indication that they are ready to eliminate AppleTV, despite all the rumors. I personally own, use, and enjoy AppleTV, and believe that future versions will follow Apple's strategy of offering more technology for the same or slightly less cost. So, no, the new Mac Mini is NOT a replacement for AppleTV.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Mac Mini Unveiled, Along With a $100 Price Jump

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple has today quietly unveiled a brand new Mac mini featuring a new design, twice the graphics performances, HDMI out and an SD card slot."

I really like the looks of this version, but it does come with a bump of the price to $699.00 USD for the entry level version, up from $599.00 USD. Progress at a price I guess, as this one comes with HDMI as well as an SD Card slot, an internal power supply, easier access panel for memory upgrades and an NVIDIA GeForces 320M integrated graphics processor, "delivering twice the performance as its predecessor."

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Project Jarvis

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 10:00 AM

"Okay, there's no HUD display like Tony Stark had and it isn't voiced by Paul Bettany, but former Apple Store employee Chad Barraford has created Project Jarvis, a digital assistant that greets him, Tweets for him, and can even tell his family when he has a headache and dim the lights of his apartment before he reaches home."

I enjoy reading about things like this, finding out just what people can do with an idea and some technological know-how. Pretty interesting project so far, and all he needed (besides some accessories) was a 4 year old Mac Mini and Apple Script. You can read the Boston Globe story here as well as see video of it in action.

Monday, March 29, 2010

How About a Black Mac Mini?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 08:00 AM

"Here's a pretty cool case mode for the Mac Mini, turning it into a nice black little box. How the guy went about it seems a little cost prohibitive for my tastes ($129 for a new black frame! Why not just paint it?) but the end result is pretty nice looking. Kind of makes you wish Apple made them in black too huh? I'm still hoping Apple releases new revisions in pure unibody aluminum rather than the plastic top."

I won't hold my breath about the uni-body, but I do like the color change this guy did. There are detailed instructions here should you be so inclined! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mac Mini Now in Server Edition

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 02:00 PM

"Apple has given the mini a bit of a bump this morning, including a mini without an optical drive, twice the storage and of course a copy of OS X Server."

The Mac Mini line got an upgrade, more RAM, more memory and they are also offering a server version geared for small businesses. You can find out more about the Mac Mini line on the Apple site, with prices ranging from $599.00 USD to $999.00 USD for the server edition. No optical drive on the server edition though, is that a deterrent for customers? It would deter me, but perhaps those looking for a server edition don't find it necessary? What are your thoughts?

Friday, October 2, 2009

iMac Inventory Running Low

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 12:00 PM

"Hot on the heels of rumors that Apple is planning to refresh its consumer desktop line of iMacs soon, more evidence has led us to believe that the update is now imminent."

Not really one to go with the flow on rumors, but you can't ignore the signs on this one. It has been reported by several sites that Apple is telling retailers not to expect replenishments to their inventories of iMacs. Also, Apple has also eliminated the SKU for the low-end Mac Mini. Walks like a duck, sounds like a duck...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Apple Software Update Smorgasbord!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"After the big upgrade to Snow Leopard last weekend, Apple has posted three new updates, fixing various OS and firmware issues."

You can get info on these and other updates at the Apple update page, but I'll run through the short list for you. First off, they updated the SuperDrives with Firmware Update 3.0, which is supposed to eliminate some noise issues in iMacs and Mac Minis introduced after March 2009. Next comes the Mac Mini EFI Firmware Update 1.2, which fixes some of those dreaded compatibility issues and again, only for those introduced after March 2009. The last update, available in combo or standalone, is for Mac OS X Server 10.5.8 for general operating system fixes. You can get the updates via the software update feature on your Mac or via the links above.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Home Theater and Your Mac Mini

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 10:00 AM

"The Mac mini has always been the perfect form factor for a media center appliance (often called a Home Theater PC/HTPC). It's extremely small, almost completely silent and it can easily blend into an existing electronics shelf - or be hidden away completely."

This is a pretty complete article if you are interesting in setting up your Mac Mini for your home theater. It covers the hardware you have available, software choices, software settings and even remote options. The perspective is from someone that has just gone through the setup process, so at the very least it can help you avoid some of the pitfalls you might have encountered.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Boxee Remote App Now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"Great news for boxee and iPhone users. The official boxee app was finally approved by Apple and is now available on the App Store. We hear the app is basic but it should be good enough for simple playback controls. It's too bad that it took so fraking long for Apple's stamp of approval."

The app works on iPhone or iPod Touch, and has a fairly simple interface. There are two modes, gesture and button. In gesture simply hold your finger on the Boxee logo and move it around to navigate the lists. There is also the ability to enter text should you need to via the iPhone/iPod Touch keyboard. Reminds me of how the Air Mouse app works. Its a basic remote with simple playback controls but if you lost your apple remote, or you like making your iPhone your all in one device this might be good choice. More info can be found at the Boxee blog, and if you have suggestions for it, feel free to submit them here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Apple Updates Almost Everything; Settles Rumor Mill Down

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

Well, suprisingly, the rumor mill did very well. While they didn't get the timing right, they definitely got the updates right. Apple refreshed a bunch of hardware yesterday, and here are a few of the highlights.

The New iMacs

The new iMacs are a solid deal. The 20" inch model is nicely priced now at $1,199 and the 24" monster is perfect for power users at $2,199. While I'm not convinced there's a big market for desktop computers any more, if you are a Mac user and want some oomph on your desk, this is the place to get it. Another notable is that even the base configuration now has 2 gigs, and most of the desktops have 4. That's definitely in preparation for Snow Leopard.e

Cosmetically, nothing's changed aside from the keyboard, which is utterly baffling to me. Apple seems to be phasing out numeric keypads, now, and even the wired one now doesn't have a numeric keypad. I wanted the Bluetooth wireless keyboard really badly for my MBP so I sucked it up and tolerated the fact that it didn't have the keypad, but I just don't get this move at all. In some ways, this adds fuel to the fire of people who hate Apple and their "our way or the highway" approach to computer design.


Friday, February 20, 2009

Rumor: Next Gen Mac Mini Photographed

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Desktops" @ 11:00 AM

"A photo making the rounds on the Internet appears to conform to descriptions of a next-generation Mac mini published by AppleInsider earlier in the year. The photo shows the rear of a Mac mini that includes five USB ports instead of 4, both mini DVI and Mini DisplayPort connectors, and FireWire 800 instead of 400 -- all of which were specifications for a next-generation Mac mini first published by AppleInsider back in January. For what it's worth, this is the second picture of a Mac mini seen by AppleInsider with such a port makeup, the first of which we were asked not to publish. While we cannot vouch for the authenticity of this new photo, it shows a Mac mini that is identical in every way to the system in the unpublished photo, which was said to be a prototype from last fall."

As I've made clear on here on numerous occasions, I'm anxiously awaiting the new Mac Mini. I was hoping that this machine, which is, to me, the ultimate gateway drug into Mac computers wouldn't be discontinued or put out to pasture. Now it seems like every day we're hearing a new rumor about the next version of the Mini. I'm all for it, and honestly if there is a new Mini with a nVidia GPU on board, I'll be buying it the day it comes out; no questions asked. Anyone else?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mac Mini Not Dead Yet?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Desktops" @ 12:00 PM

"Having read a blog post speculating that a discontinuation of the current Mac mini line overseas may be indicative of the product's ultimate demise, one advocate of the tiny desktops fired off an email with his concerns to Apple's newly-crowned Mac hardware engineering chief Bob Mansfield. Although Mansfield didn't issue a personal reply, a colleague in Apple's executive care division did almost immediately, offering no timetable for a Mac mini update but assuring that the company was well aware of system's market value, and suggesting the customer continue to exercise patience. 'I got a prompt reply by phone from an Apple executive care person essentially giving me no new information but assuring me that Apple knew the mini was a popular machine and to be patient," the customer told AppleInsider. "I certainly appreciated the contact, and I think it was a nice way of letting me know that rather than bug their head guys.'"

Now I have no reason to believe that this guy isn't telling the truth in any way, I just find it odd that Apple would break character by tipping their hands about future hardware plans. I am, however, comforted in the fact that the Mini may not be dead after all. We've discussed it on the forums for a bit and the general consensus of Apple Thoughts readers and staff would be that it would be a tragedy for the Mini to go the way of the dodo. Now, I put it in the hands of you, my dear readers. What do you think of this story? True? Not true? Wishful thinking? Or good news? I don't personally have an opinion on it except for hoping that it's true.

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