Originally Posted by Dunks
Dropping the optical drive will allow them to overhaul the form factor. It will be interesting to see which direction they take this in.
Is this the first time they've had a Mac with a dedicated graphics card for under $1000?
I don't know, I'm still waiting. I mean the mini is STILL 1.4" thick and a whopping 7.7 inches square! There's just no excuse for that -- especially seeing they eliminated the DVD-DL burner.
Apple could make the mini more compact if they eliminate discrete graphics, replace the 500GB hard drives (which only spin at 5400RPM-laptop speeds anyway) with 128MB of Flash RAM. I mean weren't they just selling us on "The Cloud"? And then they stick us with a machine with a TON of local storage capacity and RAM. Sheesh! Make up your mind!
More room could be afforded if they capped the RAM at 2GB, not the profligate 8(!)GB maximum.
And if they hadn't used such a boiling-hot CPU, they could save a lot of internal clearance for heat dissipation.
Worse, the darn thing weighs two-point-frickin-seven pounds! We're not all bodybuilders, you know.
I'm gonna pass on this version of the (so-called) "mini," and wait until it's the size of a CD jewel case or (hopefully) smaller (and lighter).
I'm doing just fine with my iPad and can afford to wait.
(Sent from my iPad which makes today's new Mac mini look like Jabba the Hutt
Form trumps factor every time.