Davao Mac User


Let the griping being: post-February 28 event

There was no iBook or Macbook with Intel inside. There was no iTablet or iSlate or MacTablet. There was no ‘real’ video iPod.

There just were more expensive Mac minis with Intel chips and an expensive white speaker system iPod accessory called the iPod Hi-Fi.

On January 2006, Apple made its first step in moving on to Intel. The iMacs and the Macbooks were the

Apple today made another move to complete the transition of their Macs to Intel. Almost half of their Mac PCs are now running under Intel chips: the iMac, the 15″ Macbook Pro, and the Mac
mini. Those still holding out are the iBooks (to be renamed to Macbook?), the 12″ and 17″ Powerbooks, and the PowerMac.

The Mac mini’s finally moved to Intel. Two models are available; a 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo with a 60GB 5400 rpm SATA HDD and combo drive, and a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo with a 80GB 5400 rpm SATA HDD and SuperDrive. Graphics memory, at 64MB, is shared with the main memory. The main memory, which ships at 512MB, can be maxxed to 2GB.

There are four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 ports, DVI and VGA output, and S-video and composite output. For audio, there’s the built-in speakers, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, and combined optical digital audio output/headphone out. No more modem port just the Gigabit ethernet port. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR which used to be optional are now built-in standards. Software includes Tiger, iLife ’06 and Front Row.

Configuration options: bigger hard drives (80, 100, and 120 GB), up to 2GB of RAM, USB modem, and wireless keyboards and mice.


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