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New Mac Mini to be Announced on January 5th, 2009, Kick-Off Macworld?

Wired.com brings word that Apple will be upgrading the Mac mini this January at Macworld 2009. They have been contacted by a corporate employee who wishes to remain anonymous.

This rumor leads us into the final weeks leading up to Macworld 2009. Wired explains that this will most likely not be Apple’s big product launch during the event, and based on the alleged announcement date, it may be used to kickoff Macworld.

Apple will launch an upgrade to its low-end desktop, the Mac Mini, at January’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco, according to an Apple corporate employee who contacted Wired.com.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous (to keep his job), could not disclose details about the Mac Mini other than its announcement date: Jan. 5, 2009. That’s the first day of Macworld Expo, where CEO Steve Jobs traditionally launches major products.

Wired believes the new Mac mini will consist of the following:
• Similar to the MacBooks, the Mac Mini will sport a silver enclosure composed of a block of aluminum.
• Some internal parts will be PVC-free, and combined with its size and low power requirements, Apple will tout this as the “greenest Mac ever.”
• For video output, the Mac Mini will use the DRM-crippled DisplayPort for connectivity, which Apple is offering to manufacturers for a no-fee license.
• It’ll have a CD-DVD slot loader (i.e. Super Drive). There will be no Blu-ray player, because Steve Jobs believes the format is a “bag of hurt.”
• It’ll ship with 2 GB of RAM, expandable to 4 GB — up from the current 1 GB, expandable to 2 GB. (The aluminum case should make expanding RAM easier than in the original Mini.)
• It’ll ship with at least a 160-GB hard drive.
• The Mac Mini will come in two options with different processor speeds: a 2.0-GHz Core 2 Duo and a 2.3-GHz Core 2 Duo (up from 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz).
• Like the higher-end MacBook and MacBook Pro, the 2.3-GHz Mac Mini will ship with an Nvidia video card, making this higher-end model a decent gaming device.
• The 2.0G-Hz Mac Mini will ship with an Intel video card, perhaps the GMA X3100 graphics card found in the low-end, white MacBook.
• The slower model will cost $500, and the faster model will cost $700 ($100 less than the current Mac Minis), in light of the recession.

Whether or not we agree with Wired’s speculation regarding the Mac mini’s possible specs, the rumor should be taken with a higher level of confidence as Wired is an authoritative publication with a credible track record.

Our previous reports regarding Macworld remain clear and concise. No new products or product categories are expected, more so Apple is likely to address Snow Leopard and possibly upgrade the iPhone’s storage capacities. Rumblings of the new unibody 17″ Macbook Pro have been heard, as well as new Cinema Displays making an appearance. Additionally, Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote speech is reportedly scheduled and planned as usual.

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6 Comments to “New Mac Mini to be Announced on January 5th, 2009, Kick-Off Macworld?”

Wee @ December 15th, 2008 at 6:52 pm
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I’m taking this one lightly. Even if it is from Wired, I’m still taking it lightly. not saying I wouldn’t like it, or love it… just taking it lightly is all.

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skeptical @ December 15th, 2008 at 9:58 pm
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Apple TV is not the same thing as Mac Mini

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Aviv @ December 15th, 2008 at 10:08 pm
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oops — typo. fixed, thank you.

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Salvador @ December 16th, 2008 at 1:41 pm
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It will be a Mac Nano (mac mini) with a TV connection (like Apple Tv) with a Blu Ray player for the new Full HD 1080 Apple Displays 30″ and 42″.
Macworld 09 will see the first steps of Apple into the Blu Ray era.

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Marry @ September 11th, 2014 at 8:59 am
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Hi Irene!When you seal your wood canvas with Gesso you have to allow it to dry ctlempoely. I usually do multiple ones that way they are ready to go when I’m ready to paint on them.I usually do at least 2 layers of Gesso on all sides including the back (3 layers is ideal) for longevity.Once the Gesso is dry, then you can sketch on on it.I sketch on Vellum or Tracing paper first so all the erasing and corrections are done on that and not on the wood. Once I’m happy with the drawing then I transfer it using another piece of Velum that I have rubbed ctlempoely with a 4B pencil, you can purchase transfer paper, but I just make it my self.By transferring the drawing, you keep the Gesso clean and then begin to paint.If you do not want to deal with transferring, you can always add a layer of clear coat to the pencil sketch that is on the wood, let it dry and then start painting. The lead will be sealed and will not mix with your colors.I hope that helps.You’ve given me a nice idea for a blog post and I’ll be explaining it using pictures.Take careMaggie

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Kaina @ February 23rd, 2015 at 5:26 pm
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Maybe CES is turning into like a huge auto show shsocawing concept cars.I’m not so enthusiastic about technology these days, it’s about tv screen size and resolution all revolving through high definition digital technology. What other gadgetry does one need other than the ultimate flatscreen tv, digital recording and playback, almost infinite amount of memory and full spec computing for your HD iPhone, and a robot servant? Isn’t this what we want in the future because what else would we need when everything will probably be controlled with a handheld computer with every single current technology embedded in it. A terabyte HD iMacPhone that connects to your full spec HD 1mm thick 100 OLED tv wirelessly streaming media content and downloading content to your handheld at the same time. But of course, we need the robot to hold the device for us next so we can enjoy our time more efficiently. CES of the future will be showing Asimo running alongside you as it projects HD movies or videos with lossless audio to your embedded earphones while it computes your schedule, answers emails and calls, searches Mahalo for good material for your next speech, and also serves you healthy drinks. Isn’t this what we all want ultimately? =P

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