Over a year ago we first started drooling over the Mac mini and its possibilities as a dedicated HTPC. Well guess what, today Apple announced “The new Mac mini”. Some notable additions to the new mini are: 1.5GHz or 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, Apple Remote with Front Row, Up to 2GB of memory, Intel GMA950 graphics processor, up to a 120GB hard drive and at long last a digital optical out!
This update to our little friend pushes us even closer to the holy grail (according to Apple) of “1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster for 720p HD playback” but unfortunately the new mini does fall a little short, coming in at 1.66GHz for the faster model. I suppose its possible that Quicktime 7 could be further tweaked to make up for this seemingly small difference of .17ghz, but Apple clearly states 1.83ghz or faster for QT7 HD playback. Who knows though maybe 1.66 is enough, if only I had a review unit!