Originally Posted by macxpress
If Apple can do these little things like make it optional to add a 2nd HD, install decent graphics on it, dual video out, SuperDrives across the lineup, and maybe integrate AppleTV software into it this will be a killer little Mac for a great price. MUCH better value than it currently is....
I worry that if they did that they'd end up charging too much for it.
Originally Posted by email@example.com
the display port on the new Macbook's is DRM "enabled"<snip>
If this is the case on the new Mac Mini, one of the prime uses for the mini as a media center will go away.
No - it only prevents playing of HD content, and only HD content that is copy protected.
Originally Posted by Murphster
I am predicting that it will have two video outputs. Mini Display Port and HDMI. I really hope it has HDMI anyway. I would like to carry both sound and picture through my Amp on HDMI rather than mess around with separate picture and sound outputs, it makes things too complicated otherwise.
A Display Port from the new Mini could output sound and video with copy protection through a converter to a TV HDMI port. That would work well for a mini as a media centre.
Generally speaking, the Display port is meant to bring computer displays and TV displays closer together.
Originally Posted by Ensign Pulver
Apple doesn't want the mini used as an HTPC, so they could care less about accommodating HDMI. Only a few geeks do this anyway, it's a non-issue for 99% of Mac mini customers.
Originally Posted by tobyfoote
Why doesn't Apple put an HDMI port on the Mini? It would be so much better than AppleTV. Or conversely, why doesn't AppleTV offer a regular Leopard interface? Then you could use use a bluetooth keyboard/mouse and use your HDTV like a regular Mac.
I'd really like Apple to rethink its TV and low-end computing experience - starting with the AppleTV (& hacked AppleTV), & MacMini (& mini-media-centres). Upgrade both with a new device which comes in a low and high end version.
For the low end (AppleTV replacement):
* The AppleTV would run much cooler (and be smaller) if it used a magsafe power adapter and removed the analog video and audio output entirely
* Snow Leopard will be optimised for both low end processors and powerful GPUs, so it could easily be far more capable
* If they either allow OSX itself, or apps to expand functionality, the AppleTV could work with Elgato & other online entertainment services.
* Apple has recently noticed how effective adding applications (and GAMES) to the iPhone has been.
* could also be used as a very low-end Mac
For the 'high end' (MacMini replacement)
* a graphics card will be a good power boost for this machine
* the display port and MagSafe fit better with Apple's computer direction
* 'high end' might also keep firewire.
* it'll integrate well into TV setups - with a Mini Display Port & DVD drive is also good.