what's in a top line tivo box what kind of processor. i think the mini can be many things. it has to be the most elegant and gorgeous design of anything out there especially for the living room. such a nice form factor. with the apple glow and aura of the ipod. if you wanted a combo unit that included wireless internet, connected to your tv(wireless keyboard), dvr for remote viewing, front row. it doesnt need much processor, maybe lots of ram and a large HD
look at front row, isn't it the best interface. i'd be proud to have that on my 56" dlp tv, and get rid of my cable dvr.
what do consumers need to intergrate all tunes, video, photos etc. mac mini is it in spades basically if you take the low end mac mini even with a g4 add front row, BT, dvi out and airport and bump up the hd, hey that would work great--you could integrate your cable box make like a tivo and you could order your tunes, video's from your couch. many pimped cars use the mini just as we have said. if it's not going to do video conversion etc (that takes a lot of oooph then simple works very well)
how about a wireless router with a large hardrive, mini osx and front row loaded . it would be invisible (my wife likes not to see all the boxes)--you would stream from your router not you computer....cooooooness
I can also understand apple wanting a different form factor for their attack on the living room. but it's hard to see it maybe thiner. or maybe a docking station to put your macbook 13 widescreen----now that would be elegant
remember the living room is the place apple can really set the world on fire (huge huge growth potential all other pc stuff isn't growing)....listen to steve he said in a ecent interview that the pc model...independant pc makers, separate software makers, all these can't give you the integrated simple experience that apple can. apple controls the hardware, software, user interface, and source of entertainment. no other single manufactuer can pull it all together sooooo seemlessly. apple's business/entertainment model (e.g. itunes,ipod) is the best out there....and consumers as well as hardware makers know it. no other manufacturer does it all... that model doensnt work as per steve.