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Apple’s ‘Fun, New’ stuffs

I’m just a bit underwhelmed.

There I was, sitting there staring at the MacRumors live updating thingamajig waiting anxiously for exciting new announcements and what do I get? Some crappy leather case that doesn’t let you manipulate your iPod, a boombox and a price hike for the Mac mini.

Leather case:
iPod leather case

It’s a hundred bucks and has no way for you to view the screen on your 5G iPod or to use the buttons. WTF?

Intel Mac mini:
Intel Mac mini

  • Raised the price by $100.
  • Uses crappy integrated graphics. “All Mac mini models also include an integrated Intel GMA950 graphics processor with 64MB of shared DDR2 SDRAM(1)”. And the “(1)”? Here’s their caveat: “Memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 80MB, resulting in 432MB of system memory available.”

    The thing ships with 512MB of system memory of which a minimum of 80MB will be used to run the eyecandy? WTF? Come on Apple, the original minis used an independent 32MB graphics card. Frankly, I’d rather have that than this 64MB integrated bullshit.

  • For $600, you don’t even get a SuperDrive, just a ComboDrive. For that same $600, you only get a paltry 60GB hard drive.
  • However, for an extra $200 you get an extra 20GB and a Superdrive. I call bullshit.

What’s so special about the base mini that requires a $100 price hike? Nothing that I can see. They’ve added some USB2.0 ports, big woo. They seem to have added, if I remember correctly) an additional sound in/out port. Again, big woo.

iPod HiFi:
iPod HiFi front

It’s a set of speakers that you put your iPod in and sound comes out. It costs $350. I’ve got a computer with quality speakers, why do I need this expensive thing?

Oh, it’s portable. So you can take 6 D batteries and get “several hours” of use. Um…okay.

Come on, Apple, what’s your damage?


Written by Jeff

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 3:23 pm

Posted in Apple

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