Feeds

Apple to 'add iPod Dock' to Mac Mini

Gunning for Media Center Edition?

The Power of One Infographic

Apple's abortive attempt to integrate an iPod Dock into the Mac Mini may yet come to fruition as the company prepares to enter the media centre arena using the diminutive computer.

Claims that the Mini design originally included a Dock were made this past March after electronics specialist Leo Bodnar took his Mini to bits and spotted unused bus connections on the riser card that connects the optical drive to the motherboard. The card appeared to contain a Firewire link that wasn't needed by the ATA-100 optical drive and didn't connect to anything else. With the riser card reaching up to the top of the Mini's casing, Bodnar speculated that the Mac was originally conceived as sporting an integrated Dock.

Now, Apple-watching website ThinkSecret reckons it's going to happen. Its sources claim an Intel-based Mac Mini, codenamed 'Kaleidoscope' and due to be announced at Macworld Expo next month, will sport such a Dock along with version 2.0 of Apple's Media Center Edition-like Front Row shell and PVR functionality.

The sources don't comment on whether the latter feature means the machine will include a TV tuner card, or simply provide a video-in connector to hook up a set-top box. Certainly, a TV tuner has been one of the most requested features for a second-generation Mac Mini. The use of Front Row also suggests the incorporation of an infra-red port to link the computer to the iPod Shuffle-like remote control device Apple debuted recently with its latest iMacs.

It has to be said, such a system would be the ideal companion for a video iPod, providing a way of getting recorded content onto the new media player. However, longer term, Apple must be hoping users will prefer to download TV episodes and movies from the iTunes Music Store. As the technology matures that will allow broadcasters to determine in advance the extent to which consumers can record and retain programmes, the ITMS model will become more important. ®

Apple's Mac Mini Media Centre?
How Apple's Mac Mini Media Centre might look

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports
Composite vid socket binned as GPIO sprouts new pins
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.