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Apple introduces pocket-friendly Mac

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Apple introduced Mac mini, which is touted to be the most affordable and

compact Mac ever. Starting at $499, the Mac mini is the ideal desktop computer

for anyone looking to get started with Mac OS X and features iLife '05, the

latest version of Apple's suite of software for managing digital photo and

music collections, editing movies and creating music. It is two-inches tall and

weighs 2.9 pounds.

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Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO said, "Just the display, keyboard and mouse

have to be plugged in to set the compact Mac working." iLife '05 also

features the latest version of iTunes. The desktop 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 a 80GB hard drive for storing

digital media creations.

Mac Mini includes one FireWire 400 and two USB 2.0 ports for easy

plug-and-play connections to Apple's iPod digital music player, digital still

cameras, digital video camcorders and printers. It offers a DVI interface that

also supports VGA, so customers can easily connect to a variety of LCD or CRT

displays. The new PC includes built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K V.92

modem for easy Internet access, and offers optional support for an AirPort

Extreme 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 features including iChat AV desktop video conferencing, mail, Safari

web browser, Sherlock, address book, QuickTime, iSync, iCal, DVD player.

Apple Mac

minis
Mac mini will

be available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's

retail stores and Apple's authorized resellers in two standard

configurations.
  • 1.25

    GHz Mac mini: 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. Priced at

    $499.
  • 1.42 GHz Mac mini: 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. Priced at $599.

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