Next-gen Mac mini 'photo' surfaces
Fanboi feeding frenzy
A fuzzy photo of a purported new Mac mini appeared in a MacRumors forum post, and the resulting rumor instantly made the rounds of the MacRumors news page, Ars Technica, AppleInsider, Cnet, Gizmodo, 123Macmini, SlashGear, VentureBeat, and Electronista
For all we know, Al Jazeera's tech desk is about to post it any moment now.
Rumors are the life blood of the Apple subculture. Hardware rumors are especially valued. And rumors-with-photos are prized above all else.
And so we'll play along.
The photo (below) shows the rear end of a purported Mac mini with five USB ports, FireWire 800 and Ethernet ports, audio-in and -out ports, and both a Mini DisplayPort and a Mini DVI port.
Our thanks to "monthy," by way of MacRumors
The original leaker, who identified him or herself as "monthy," claimed the Mac mini's specs include a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB L2 cache, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and that the "Super Drive is SATA."
Sounds fishy to us. For one thing, Apple has always used ATA DVD-RW drives (which they call SuperDrives) - presumably for cost reasons. But that might change.
Also, the current Mac mini has a single gigabyte of RAM, and Apple, wanting to keep the cost of its entry-level Mac low, would most likely stay at that RAM level.
Then there are those two display connectors. Why would Apple up the cost of the li'l guy by including both?
But the biggest reason that we believe that this photo doesn't presage the imminent arrival of a new Mac mini is best summed up by a recent comment by analyst Tripp Chowdry, who was quoted by Brian X. Chen on his Wired blog as saying: "In this environment where nobody is buying anything and you come out with a kick-ass product, you might get a lot of wows and woos, but that does not convert into sales. So that's a wasted effort."
Now's not the time for a product intro - not even of a low-cost item such as a new Mac mini. ®
Mac Mini update
Cynicism is rife in this review by Rik Myslewski but given that the leaked image is in fact the same as the newly released Mac Mini, announced this week, Rik has ended up with egg on his face for his purported denial of legitimacy for the said leaked image. It's a novel idea to believe that someone might actually be telling the truth about a new Apple product. :D
SONY "Stupid piece of fucking shit"
*claps* just awesome.... best "unexpected burst into laughter then pretend I'm sneezing when manager looks over" moment I've had in a long time.... next to the f-my-life feed obviously...
5 usb ports? heaven. The old G5 I hooked up last night only has 2. What on earth were they thinking.
The problem with the picture is that it hasn't been procesed by the CSI folks. They can do miracles with pictures. Re-focus them, zoom in the highlights, and all that. They would have a product definition and everything labeled.
CSI: Where are you!
Considering it's a Mac, it's unlikely it would have 5 USB ports and <gasp> a firewire port.
It could at most have two and zero of those, respectively..