More details on Macworld plasmas and Mac mini

More details on Macworld plasmas and Mac mini

Summary: On Friday I posted a story on the PowerPage about a possibility that Apple will introduce new 42 and 50-inch plasma displays at Macworld Expo tomorrow - with built-in in Macs. As with anything mentioned before the start of Expo you have to consider the source.

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On Friday I posted a story on the PowerPage about a possibility that Apple will introduce new 42 and 50-inch plasma displays at Macworld Expo tomorrow - with built-in Macs. As with anything mentioned before the start of Expo you have to consider the source.

It should also be noted that several other people were told about the stealth project too, in various pieces. Two reasonably reliable friends mentioned that Sandwich Man was indeed correct that Apple was releasing plasmas tomorrow. They confirmed the specs, prices and that the plasma Macs are based on Intel Viiv technology, going so far as offering part numbers. I'll spare you those details for now, but suffice it to say that they made a convincing case.

A few additional details have surfaced about the new monitor/TV/Macs over the weekend. Apparently the plasmas will include Front Row 2.0 which will include Apple's brand spankin' new Digital Video Recording (DVR) software. Front Row 2.0 (with DVR) will also come bundled on the new Intel-based Mac mini. Speaking of the Mac mini it reportedly won't include an iSight camera. Just how you'd build an iSight into a Mac mini is beyond me anyway. Oh, and if you're looking for horsepower you won't be disappointed that the new Mac mini will be powered by a juicy 2.8GHz dual-core Yonah processor.

I've heard different things about the bundled remote controls in Apple's new multimedia Macs. Apparently the Mac mini will ship with the same six-button remote control as the iMac G5 but the juicy new plasmas will ship with a new 12-button multimedia remote control (which it patented in April 2002) with a built-in LCD display that will give the Harmony 880 from Logitech a run for its money.

There's also some speculation that Apple's new multimedia Macs could have something to do with Apple's recent Vingle patent for "electronic transmission of streamed and downloadable audio and video files via computer and other communications networks."

I guess that we'll find out for sure tomorrow at 9am PST.

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  • C'mon Jason

    There is no such thing as a 2.8GHz Yonah chip. Basic research
    would have told you that. Yonah chips (in dual form) are available
    at 1.6, 1.83, 2 and 2.16GHz. Only top end laptops (circa $2k+) are
    shipping even with 1.83 and 2GHz Yonahs.

    So, if there's a Mac mini with even a 2GHz dual Yonah, it's not
    going to be priced anything like the Mac mini we know today. And
    just how are they going to squeeze a media-capable HD inside that
    form factor or a tv tuner?
    lintonlad
    • price

      What's more, assuming it was a typo and the article meant to say "1.8 GHz Yonah", the pricing ( http://www.intel.com/intel/finance/pricelist/ ) on that part is $363 per CPU in lots of 1,000. It seems unlikely that Apple could fit it in a mini without seriously jacking up the price.
      samkass
  • How about and iPod

    with the "new" airport technology? In addition to video, it could double as the remote control for your plasmas! It could also accept streaming video from that ViiV plasma set . . .
    Roger Ramjet
    • Yep

      I'm betting we'll see a wifi-enabled iPod before the year is out.
      Real World
  • There is no 2.8 GHz Yonah-Processor

    There is no 2.8 GHz Yonah-Processor, but there is one with 1.8
    GHz. But that one probably costs as much as the hole Mac Mini
    today.
    rolfteu
    • Not without liquid cooling :)

      Or an active cooler that takes the chip down to 0 degrees Celsius. Yonahs will probably come out around 2.1 GHz. Note that current Pentium M cores can run at just over 2.5 GHz with conventional air cooling.

      Most likely it's just Apple's exaggerated marketing. They probably mean it's 1.4 GHz times 2 cores so they call it a 2.8. This wouldn't surprise me since the have used terms like "super-computer" so loosely.
      george_ou
  • But where will they be sold

    I would hope that they would make these available through Best
    Buy/Circuit City rather than just the Apple Store.

    Rick
    rpaula978
  • Hopefully it's true

    I'm looking forward to the announcements. If the rumor is true, I'll be really excited as it will drive more customers to the Apple stores and will add fuel to the Apple engine that seems to be motoring along.

    Overall, it will bring more switchers to the Mac platform.

    http://switchtoamac.com
    switchtoamac
  • Vingo is not a patent

    Vingo is not a patent it's a trademark
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