Originally Posted by Marvin
If the Mini has 2.2GHz + CPUs, it's going to be a great update.
Nvidia graphics faster than the X1600
The mini never used that graphics chip so I'm not sure what the point is. The only good thing is that the 9400M is a lot faster than the Minis current GPU.
That is an ideal home computer for people who just need that bit extra performance.
If the machine is only dual core it won't be good enough in my mind. At least not considering the prices Apple products sell at.
The lower CPU doesn't matter much because with OpenCL, there's 16 cores in the graphics chip to play with.
This is the part I disagree with the most and prompted this response. OpenCL will only be of an advantage on machines written to take advantage of it and then only if those resources are free. It does take much to tie up those 16 GPU cores for example.
This means one can not expect any existing software to leverage OpenCL unless it does so through upgraded Apple libraries. Even in the future a lot of software will never bother with OpenCL, either because it is not worth while or bevause the GPU is not the place to do the computation.
The need for good CPU performance doesn't go away with OpenCL it really depends on the problem domain and it's suitability to GPU acceleration.
I hope they make it easier to open too though. I want to upgrade my own hard drive and Ram.
Actually I agree with this one. I do hope this gets noted at Apple but to be honest I think the do the cases the way they do on purpose. It probably makes for a more reliable machine with far less warranty work than others.
The addition of firewire 800 is icing on the cake. It's a shame that it didn't go on the Macbook because it'll be Apple's only machine without firewire and probably one of the most popular.
If FireWire 800 is there I will take it as a very good sign.
As to the MacBook that is an interesting situation but I don't think they had as much choice with that machine. I still think UniBody costs them a relative fortune and deleting FireWire was simple cost control.
It couldn't fit though and the cost is already high. I still maintain they should have dropped ethernet for firewire and have people use a USB -> ethernet adaptor but no point complaining now because the choice was made and you just have to live with it.
As to Ethernet that would have been an even bigger mistake. The problem being the huge number of people that use wired only networks.
In any event this idea that there is nothing you can do about it is defeatist and just plain wrong. You can voice your opinion at Apple and not buy the MacBook. Contrary to popular opinion Apple does listen.
I'm actually genuinely interested in an Apple event for the first time in years. I'm just sad that I have to listen to Phil Schiller because I think he's one of the worst presenters at Apple. Not as bad as Bertrand Serlet and not as boring as Tim Cook but not that much fun to listen to.
Well this is an issue as Steve had his way. Hopefully he had a hand in one or more of the devices to debut. The hope is that would mean more emotional involvement and this exciting delivery.
On the otherhand I have to give the guy a little applause as it isn't easy. Of all the stuff I had to do in college communications class was the worst. For some it is natural but for many of us it is the worst experience of college life. They say practice makes perfect so maybe Phol has improved.