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Certainly, with analog SD there would be no way to even tell the Tv that the signal was originally in 24p, because there was never any standard developed for the overscan line information to encode it, and it couldn't project the signal that way if it were a CRT model. Only front projectors of the analog type could do that, so what would have been the point? digital Tv's can do it, but to what point?

The TV doesn't even need to know. It wasn't necessary for standard tube TVs, but it really helps with HDTVs.

The deinterlacer chip analyzes the picture, if it detects that it's a film source, then it does all that work to correct the video. Sending incorrectly flagged or unflagged video is one of the torture tests that can be applied to such a chip. I don't know what they cost now, but a good chip was $30 a few years ago. A Vizio and such probably won't have anything like it at all, but the more established brands are more likely to.
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Is it too much to ask for both?

No. In fact, Apple's done it before, on the MacBook - they bumped the specs and dropped it back to the price of the iBook.

So therefore, there's a case to be made for Apple returning the mini to the $499/£339 prices

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No. In fact, Apple's done it before, on the MacBook - they bumped the specs and dropped it back to the price of the iBook.

So therefore, there's a case to be made for Apple returning the mini to the $499/£339 prices

$500 for a 2 gig version with flexible video would certainly be more appealing. It would be even nicer to have a Mini without a DVD player and an internal power source (perhaps even battery powered). I'm not convinced that laptops require screens that are attached to qwerty keyboards. There is room for a portable Mini as long as the setup process is seamless.

On the other hand if a Mac tablet were to come out then that would be a whole new ballgame. The whole current desktop/laptop thing is just boring. The iPhome/iTouch is exciting although the screen is too small for many purposes.

Asus is onto something and one can only hope that Apple is thinking ahead. They seem to be spending all their time on phones. The Apple TV is ugly, too expensive, underpowered, etc... The Mini is far more appealing I think but it isn't getting the attention it deserves.

The current Apple price for a 2 gig/80 Mini with DVD/CDR is over $720 in Canada. That is just absurd.

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The TV doesn't even need to know. It wasn't necessary for standard tube TVs, but it really helps with HDTVs.

The deinterlacer chip analyzes the picture, if it detects that it's a film source, then it does all that work to correct the video. Sending incorrectly flagged or unflagged video is one of the torture tests that can be applied to such a chip. I don't know what they cost now, but a good chip was $30 a few years ago. A Vizio and such probably won't have anything like it at all, but the more established brands are more likely to.

And how does this work? How does an deinterlacer analyze this signal to know that it was a movie?

After all, it can't tell what the original fps was. All it knows is what it is. The chip is designed to do just one thing, turn an interlaced signal to a progressive signal.
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Apple should focus on performance and the form factor. The Mac mini is used as an all-in-one entertainment system in automobiles too. The separation of the power brick from the computer is critical for that.
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Apple should focus on performance and the form factor. The Mac mini is used as an all-in-one entertainment system in automobiles too. The separation of the power brick from the computer is critical for that.

A more powerful Mac Mini would be the way forward, with a bigger HDD, 200gb would be acceptable of an entry level apple desktop.
On top of that, cheaper cinema displays to encourage buyers to stick to an all Apple desktop
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'insiders' now claim EOL (again!)

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...7883&Itemid=38

From the article: "... move to a mobile Intel CPU ...". Isn't that what's already in there?
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'insiders' now claim EOL (again!)

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...7883&Itemid=38

is this a reliable source ?
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From the article: "... move to a mobile Intel CPU ...". Isn't that what's already in there?

Yep.

The rumor would be more believable if the writers had a clue.
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