Long before the iMac was slated for an overhaul, I began thinking about what I’d like to see in a Mac mini revision. One of the most glaring omissions (in my book) was the lack of a digital out, so I’d like to see a coaxial digital out, now I can already hear the cackles from mini aficionados saying “no way we want toslink”. I hear you, but honestly in my 15 plus years of audio video’dom, I’ve come to the conclusion that the meager coaxial digital out is superior, and hey lets face it coaxial to optical adaptors are cheap enough and small enough to make it a non issue.
While we’re at it, how about a speed increase? Say a 1.67 GHz G4? Why not, if they’ll work in a laptop why not a mini? Or maybe (if they could work out the heat issues) even a 1.6GHz G5. Of course all of these upgrades would be met with Apple’s now standard 512MB memory on board. And since I’m aiming high here, I saved the best two for last, while this next upgrade would likely push a revision up to almost 2006 or later, it would be well worth it. I’d like to see a Blu-ray drive in the next mini; I’m definitely looking forward to that James Bond box set in high definition.
Lastly I think what would really cement the mini’s place in the HTPC world, would be an external MPEG-4 hardware accelerator. It wouldn’t have to be some large obtrusive add-on, I’m thinking something about half to one-quarter the size of the current power adaptor, would be more than enough room to fit in the necessary hardware. Hey one can dream right?
P.S. I want to thank Josh Pigford over at sabotage!media, for the site overhaul. So Fresh n’ So Clean!