In an event today in Cupertino, Steve Jobs announced two new pieces of hardware:
Intel-based Mac mini. The newest Mac mini is based on Intel Core Solo and Core Duo processors and is benchmarked to be 2.5x - 3.2x faster. The new mini includes Apple's new FrontRow with Bonjour software and six-button IR remote control. New features include shared music, photos and videos via Bonjour wireless technology. Standard features include Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), iLife '06, Airport Extreme, Bluetooth, DVI Video Out, USB, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet. Prices: 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo with 667MHz, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD, combo drive - US$599. Better model with Intel Core Duo 1.67GHz, 80GB HDD and SuperDrive US$799. Both are available today.
iPod HiFi. Boombox system designed for the iPod with three drivers (two 80mm mids, one 130mm woofer) and a dock on top that can run off AC power or D batteries. It features an auxillary input and no power brick. You can configure the speaker settings with a new setting on the iPod and set it to just display the album artwork. Available today for US$349.
Apple also used the event to announce iPod leather cases for the iPod video (5G) which will be available in March for US$99.