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I wouldn't even put the 7200rpm drive in the Mini. Just buy a FW800 external enclosure and you will be fine. If you have some experience upgrading regular PC's you can upgrade the RAM in the Mini at a reasonable fear-level. Your second Mini will be easy.
Looking at my Centris 650, the PowerMac G3 (B&W), and now my March 09 Mini I can second that. However I would hope they update the AppleTV. The Mini is ok for 6 more months, but the AppleTV is really in a need for an update.
Here in Austria you can still buy the 40GB ATV. And no price cut either. I know we pay a premium for Apple products over here, but with the new US price we should pay € 156.-, but we have to pay € 333.- - all prices without tax. (if the ratio would have been less than 1:2 I would not mention it) And as Apple doesn't offer any real content for the ATV, the only thing you can use it over here is to fry some egg on a stylish Apple product.
They did the same thing with the G4 Mini and Tiger. All Macs would have Tiger installed allready, except the unloved little Mini. I think it took Apple about 2 months until they would preinstall Tiger. And you wouldn't get the install disc either. You had to buy or stay with Panther. Poor little Mini gets neglected in so many different ways.
As for the Mini I wouldn't hold my breath. Apple neglected the Mini for about 2 years before they revamped it in March. But as Wizard said: We are talking about Apple - You never know! For your use the current Mini should more than enough. I bought one in April and upgraded the RAM to 4 Gigs for € 50.-. You should have the Mini at 2 Gigs at least. There was quite some difference. Futhermore if you have 2 Gigs the graphics card will use double the RAM than it is using when...
xMac!! (couldn't resist )
How big is Apple's share in the music distribution business ~20-30% (in the USA)? Apple has grown to be the biggest distributor in the USA, but I think they are far from a monopoly.
As far as I know Apple created iTunes to sell hardware (iPods and now iPhones), so why should Apple allow other companies to use part of Apple's ecosystem to sell non Apple hardware?
Where does that leave the iMac? 2GHz sounds a bit low for a desktop (for $ 1,000). After Apple skimped on the Quad Core 2 Duos I thought that they would use the mobile Nehalem variant. But at this speed and THIS price it doesn'd sound likely.
I would appreciate a Apple TV that is using a lot less power than their current device. Is their something like the Nvidia Ion chipset but for ARMs? Will Apple allow the playback of legal media that are not iTunes compatible at the moment. Will Apple improve the support for many of the different codecs?
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