Mac mini needs a Front Row

Summary:After watching Tuesday's festivities one of the coolest things I took away from the Steve's presentation was Apple's innovative Front Row remote control which turns any Mac into a media center—as long as it's a new iMac, that is.

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After watching Tuesday's festivities one of the coolest things I took away from the Steve's presentation was Apple's innovative Front Row remote control which turns any Mac into a media center—as long as it's a new iMac, that is.

One of the first things I thought was how cool the Front Row hardware and software would be on the Mac mini. After all, the mini was designed to be headless and is perfect in a home theatre setup, right? To my surprise, Front Row will only work with the newly minted October 12th iMacs (confirmed by CNet and Macworld.)

It also appears that Apple's other new software announcement—Photo Booth—is exclusive to the new G5 iMac, too. Is this simply because both applications are only three days old? Let's hope that Apple comes to their senses and releases a Mac mini"media center edition" with an IR window and Front Row and that they make Photo Booth a free download to anyone with an iSight camera.

Topics: Apple

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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