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“pic” Keynote: Mac Mini, iP

On a day in which Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised “a lot of firsts,” the company unquestionably delivered: most importantly, a $499 iPod-matching “Mac mini” was introduced with a January 22 release date, followed by the announcement of “iPod shuffle,” the least expensive and smallest capacity iPod at a $99/512MB configuration. Both products were touted as the cheapest ever introduced by Apple in their respective categories, and offered in modestly upgraded versions at $50 and $100 premiums. Prices for their higher-end brethren were left unchanged, such that iPods now range in price from $99 to $599, and Macintosh computers from $499 to $2999.

For the full story of all of the major announcements at Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote speech in San Francisco, please click on Read More. Today’s major announcements are as follows: the introduction of the iPod shuffle, a $99-$149 flash memory-based iPod, the introduction of the Mac mini, a $499-$599 Macintosh computer to attract ‘switchers’, a collection of new iPod shuffle accessories from Apple, changes to iTunes, a Motorola phone with an ‘iTunes client,” updated sales figures, and new Mac software.

View over 180 photos in the Macworld keynote photo gallery including the purchase of many iPod shuffles.

Mac mini

The new Mac mini was touted as a response to the question Steve Jobs is often asked, “Why doesn’t Apple offer a stripped down Mac that is more affordable?

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21

I have an Apple 3g and only about 500 songs. I was hoping for something with better battery life. I would buy the mini but isn’t the battery life the same as my 3g?

Not sure the Ipod shuffle will meet my needs but unless somebody suggests something else, it’s the best alternative for more battery life. Better than the mini or $300 on a new all white ipod 4g yes?
Carly

Posted by carly7189 in NY on January 12, 2005 at 8:43 AM (CST)

22

I love how this thread started with yet another “The Mac is doomed!!!” comment….

People may not like Mac’s for a variety of reasons, but to say the whole companies future is dependent on a $500 machine is just ignorant. The problem with this logic is that a person’s personal beliefs cloud their ability objectionably look at an issue. 

Marketshare is only important if you have it.  If you are the marketshare leader, then you’ll use to boost your superiority.  Steve did this in the Keynote when talking about the iMac. 

If you’re a company like Apple, you’re concerned about two things:  Increasing number of units sold and remaining profitable.  Marketshare is a measure, but not the only one.  Again, ignorance on part of poster who mentioned this.  (Do yourself a favor and take a business class.)

Posted by ipod21 on January 12, 2005 at 10:26 AM (CST)

23

Mac mini is a good little box, but by no means is it a good deal compared to other brands.

Configure it so that is IMHO usable (512mb RAM, Super Drive & 80gb HDD) and the price jumps up to $750.  And, you’re still minus the monitor, keyboard & mouse.

Did anyone notice that when you configure a Mac mini, the option to buy an Apple display is not on the page?  Is this because Apple’s least expensive display ($999) is twice the cost of the base Mac mini.  It’s a tough sell have your monitor double the price of the computer.

Having said all that, this may be the thing Apple needed to do to get me to try out a Mac…not switch for sure, but at least buy one and give it a shot.

One step forward and two steps back, or is it two steps forward and one back?  Guess it depends on if your cup is half-empty or half-full.

Posted by BigSid in Los Angeles on January 12, 2005 at 10:48 AM (CST)

24

Mac Mini….hell, it sounds like a Mcdonalds donut to me.

anybody considering buying one????

Posted by >nATHAN in UK on January 12, 2005 at 11:51 AM (CST)

25

It kinda reminds me of the Cube model from a couple years ago.  Only a bit faster and much smaller, and much cheaper.  Hope this one sticks though.  I think its very cool, hey and if you can deck it out for under 1K?  Whats the big deal then huh?  Everyone seems to forget, this runs OSX! 

It comes loaded with cool software.  Those who already have a mac, are just going to put their software on it anyway.  And I don’t care how cheap you can find a comparable PC, its not a MAC, it doesn’t LOOK like a mac, and it sure as hell doesn’t WORK like a mac!  So bring it on with the PC’s.  You get what you pay for.  You want bargain basement?  Get a cheapo-pc, and stay in the basement while your at it.  What PC can you buy for 500 bucks that you actually WANT to show people?

Posted by apple juice in USA on January 12, 2005 at 12:11 PM (CST)

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It kinda reminds me of the Cube model from a couple years ago.  Only a bit faster and much smaller, and much cheaper.  Hope this one sticks though.  I think its very cool, hey and if you can deck it out for under 1K?  Whats the big deal then huh?  Everyone seems to forget, this runs OSX! 

It comes loaded with cool software.  Those who already have a mac, are just going to put their software on it anyway.  And I don’t care how cheap you can find a comparable PC, its not a MAC, it doesn’t LOOK like a mac, and it sure as hell doesn’t WORK like a mac!  So bring it on with the PC’s.  You get what you pay for.  You want bargain basement?  Get a cheapo-pc, and stay in the basement while your at it.  What PC can you buy for 500 bucks that you actually WANT to show people?

Posted by apple juice in USA on January 12, 2005 at 12:52 PM (CST)

27

it’s the best alternative for more battery life

Not all batteries are created equal. You get what you pay for. Apple probably shaved a dollar or so off their manufacturing cost by paying for a lower-capacity, cheaper battery. I wonder what the “20-hour battery extender” will look like. I predict in a year or so that’ll be the standard shuffle battery.

You can get AAAs in mAH ranges from 700 to 1050. The price differential between the low-capacity and the high-capacity AAAs is over 100%. There’s even the possibility that instead of NiMH Apple went with NiCd (although this seems unlikely) and in that case the power storage drops to around 500 mAH! You could probably do very well buying a high-capacity 1000 mAH from something like Thomas Batteries and dropping it into the shuffle - that should increase the playtime.

Having finally had the chance to play around with the shuffle I can say that it has a nice heft but *damn* this thing is huge! (for a flash player with no screen). I mean, “smaller than a pack of gum”? What kind of weird gum do they chew in Apple?

I guess the shuffle’s large (relative) size size comes from being determined to incorporate the wheel motif - as I predicted all along. Without the wheel, they could have halved the size of the shuffle.

Posted by Demosthenes on January 12, 2005 at 1:01 PM (CST)

28

wow, can you like-  see dead people and stuff too?

Posted by apple juice in USA on January 12, 2005 at 3:18 PM (CST)

29

YOU ALL ARE FUCKING MORONS, JESUS CHRIST!!!


THE MAC MINI IS USEABLE WITH ANY DISPLAY, AND KEYBOARD, AND ANY MOUSE.

THE GODDAMN FUCKING REASON THEY DONT PUT THE OPTIONS TO BUY THE SHIT WITH IT IS BECAUSE IT IS GEARED TOWARDS PEOPLE WHO ALREADY FUCKING HAVE THEM….. I SWEAR YOU PEOPLE MUST HAVE DOG SHIT FOR BRAINS, BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL FUCKING RETARDED.


IT WORKS WITH ANY MOUSE!!!!!!!! ANY KEYBOARD!!!!!!!!! ANY DISPLAY!!!!!!!

GOT IT?!!?!  GOOD

fuckin retards

Posted by Youre a moron on January 12, 2005 at 5:40 PM (CST)

30

Moron-

What are you yelling about?  Apple says the Mac mini is an affordable computer, and that’s simply not true.

It’s a $750 machine by the time you get it up to spec to be able to do anything with it.  Who here thinks 256mb is enough?  Who wants a computer with a hard drive only equal to their iPod?

Yes, it makes a great replacement if you want you’re new Mac sitting next to an old Dell monitor and a banged up Logitech keyboard.

Isn’t the whole point of going to Apple to get the whole package?  Jobs said as much during his keynote, but buying a Mac mini and just dropping it into the rest of the stuff you have isn’t quite the same.

Mac mini with the cheepest Apple display is $1500.  Bump the RAM up to 512mb, a bigger hard drive 80gb (which is still small), get a keyboard and a DVD-R and you’re at ~ $1775.

Far from being affordable.

You’re point is taken, but stop yelling, please.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on January 12, 2005 at 8:42 PM (CST)

31

can you like- see dead people

Yes. Look behind you!

Posted by Demosthenes on January 12, 2005 at 9:31 PM (CST)

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