Apple unveils $499 Mac Mini PC

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Apple unveils $499 Mac Mini PC

I wonder how long until Gratis starts giving away these babies?

SAN FRANCISCO--Apple confirmed the upcoming release of a $499 computer aimed to increase its audience beyond the Mac faithful.

Apple chief Steve Jobs announced the Mac mini Tuesday at the Macworld trade show. There are two versions of the mini--both without keyboards, monitors or mice--that will be available starting Jan. 22 for $499 and $550.

"This is the most affordable Mac ever," Jobs said. "People who are thinking of switching will have no more excuses."

The white box resembles a thick notebook computer--measuring 6.5 inches wide and 2 inches thick--and includes a slot loading combination DVD- and CD-ROM drive, 256MB of memory, 32MB of video memory, and a series of ports (including a FireWire port, two USB ports, DVI output and VGA output).

The $499 Mac mini comes with a 1.25GHz PowerPC G4 processor and a 40GB hard drive while the $550 Mac mini comes with a 1.42GHz processor and an 80GB hard drive.

from ZDNET
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