I just ordered the new 1.66 Core Duo Mac Mini with 2-3 day shipping. So, I am selling my 1.33Ghz Mac Mini for $439 on eBay on a 1 day auction.
It’s a great system and comes loaded with iLife ’06, iWork ’06, Adobe Photoshop CS, Apple Front Row, and many other aps. I will even fill it up with non-DRM music if you mention you saw it on my site here for you.
Just got an email from Apple: Estimated delivery of Intel Mac Mini: March 2rd. 2 days, pretty quick!
These are the leather cases for the nano and 5G iPod that apple announced today as well. The description reads:
Hand-crafted from fine Italian leather with an extremely soft and durable lining, the iPod Leather Case offers a snug, secure fit. A gentle pull of the ribbon will gracefully expose your iPod when you are ready to use it again. For use with 30GB iPod with video (also available for the 60GB and nano).
They are all $99 (no student discount)
They ship in 3-4 weeks. If you ask me, with no screen view or click wheel control, they aren’t worth it. Only iPod case that is worth that much is a Vaja case if you ask me.
Well it was almost a let down the Apple announcement today.
There is a new Mac Mini with Intel (that I will be buying), and an iPod HiFi speaker system, which is UGLY.
The iPod HiFi costs $350 ($329 student) and comes with a remote control, audio in (optical and analog), you can add batteries, etc. It’s everything that everyone thought it would be, but not that attractive the way most apple products are. The Fury 2.1 speakers from Sound Druid and ThoughtOut are far better looking than this speaker, and I am guessing they sound a hell of a lot better, and won’t scratch as easily.
The Intel Mac Mini comes in a single or dual core system. Both come with 512MB of DDR2 ram, 64MB video memory, FOUR usb ports and 1 firewire, optical in/out, 54g wifi, gigabit ethernet, and bluetooth. Front Row with Bonjour is now included with an Apple remote. You can stream all your media across multiple computers with the new Front Row.
The 1.5Ghz Core Solo is $599 ($579 student) with 60 gig HD SATA and a combo drive.
The 1.66 Core Duo is $799 ($779 student) with 80 gig HD SATA and a SuperDrive with dual layer support.
I have a feeling my 1.33 Mac Mini is getting replaced with a 1.66 dual core.
This is the coverage of the coverage. I’ve got about 10 different sites, chat rooms, and IM’s open and I’m ready to post the details as they pour in. Stay tuned… (items in reverse chronological order)
10:40am PT – Thank you very much for coming today, and we’ll see you all real soon…
JOBS IS WALKING OFF-STAGE, THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY!
Tone control, backlight always on or off, large album art on or off.
Screen can go black and just show album art.
Controlled with the Apple Remote.
Price: $349 – Goes on sale today.
Integrated power supply – no brick.
Power it off of six D-size batteries if you want. “Several hours outside.”
Two 80mm mid-range drivers in sealed acoustic suspension.
In center is 130mm dual voice coil woofer, ported bass reflex design.
Great bass, doesn’t distort when cranked up.
Universal Dock connector and integrated handles.
Home stereo. Reinvented.
Looks like a center channel speaker with iPod dock on top.
Now’s time to add In the Home. People like to use iPods with groups inside. Problem with these products – stereo products – is that they don’t offer home stereo quality.
What is home stereo quality. Audiophiles need a large sound stage. you can hear the performers sounding larger than the speakers. Precise imaging and separation. Each instrument can be heard separately. Third thing is wide frequency range. You want great bass, also be able to hear the highest frequencies. You also want room-filling power without distortion.
Leather iPod cases – black for 5G and nano
No screen or control access.
$99 each – mid-March.
Jobs discussing iPod and iTunes numbers.
Second model with Core Duo – 1.67, 80GB drive + SuperDrive – $799
Both available today.
Media from any other mac or windows computer running iTunes will be piped over to the Mac mini hooked up to your television set.
Mac mini comes with iLife ’06.
Shared Music – Bonjour technology, allows devices to find themselves automatically over a network, access music library wirelessly.
“And, of course, you can also hook it up to televisions,” Jobs told the audience. It’s been widely speculated that Apple might use today’s event to introduce a Mac model with better home entertainment integration.
The new Mac mini, like its iMac sibling, features Front Row, an application that makes it possible to view movies, listen to audio, watch music videos and more from your Mac, in full-screen, using an infrared remote control from across the room. The Mac mini now sports an infrared sensor in the front of the Mac min, next to the machine’s optical disk drive slot.
As demonstrated by Jobs, Front Row now has a new feature — the ability to support shared music libraries accessible through iTunes. So using Front Row, you can listen to the contents of other machines running iTunes on the same subnetwork.
IR sensor on right of disc slot
Six button Apple remote
“The reviews are the best we’ve gotten for any machine we’ve ever shipped. and we also announced the MacBook Pro, we started shipping it last week. Lot of customers have already gotten theirs, again the reviews are off the charts.
Mac mini goes intel
Jobs introduced the new Intel-based Mac mini, Apple’s low-cost consumer desktop system. The base model features an Intel Core Solo CPU — a single-processor, single-core CPU. But the company is also introducing a Mac mini that features Intel’s Core Duo processor — the same kind of CPU that powers the iMac and MacBook Pro.
Based on Intel
Single and dual-processor chip versions
2.5x – 3.2x faster
Same exact form factory
Now this is one of the better videos I’ve seen in quite some time. Â
This is my first attempt in posting a YouTube video on the site, I hope it works.
Engadget had a photoshop competition about What Would Jobs Do this Apple announcement. Some of the entries are really good, and many are far fetched. Here are some of my favorites.
My roomie has talked about wanting something like this for a while now:
This is a possibility at today’s event:
This would kick some major ass:
Finally I would kill for one of these:
This is quite far fetched, but there are rumors that Bose will come out with a iPod type device on their March 2nd announcement. I HIGHLY doubt this.
If anything, they will come out with a better iPod SoundDock to compete with a new Apple iPod HiFi speaker dock, or maybe they partnered to create it. Apple did used to feature Bose SoundDock’s in the front window of their stores.
Today only at IHOP(r) from 7am till 2pm. It apparently is Shrove Tuesday or National Pancake Day.
Too bad I won’t be able to make it, but still a good deal.