Wired says they’ve received a tip (from Captain Obvious?) that the Mac Mini is going to get a refresh. They predict (try to stay awake for this one):
- 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.
Yeah, those are all safe calls. We’d like to see it bulk up a little bit in the HD department. Maybe even a 3.5 inch drive which would make it a bit more cubical. Oh, and you can probably kiss that Firewire port goodbye but will get a Gigabyte Ethernet port to tide you over.
Anything else on anyone’s wishlist for the bargain basement Apple computer?