Here's the box, fresh from Fedex. You can see from the ancient iPhone 3G, just how small this is going to be.
Left side view of the unopened package.
Top view of the Mac mini package
The label provides a lot of information, including some details (like the serial number), that I'd rather my Fedex delivery person not be able to see. I dislike this practice, although I understand it's probably easier for Apple's supply chain.
Possible security risk. Yay, Apple!
Here's the blank, bottom of the shipping box.
The server is nicely packed, with a single piece of cardboard-like material.
Here's a closer view as we open the box.
Here's the protective cover.
Aha! The box reveals itself!
Here's the empty Mac mini server shipping carton, with another protective shell.
Mac mini server box with details on the side.
Here are the specs on the Mac mini server box
Here's the front of the box.
There's the all-important designation showing you you have the server model.
Here's a side view of the Mac mini server box
Here's the back view of the Mac mini server box, showing all those wonderful ports.
Here's how you know you're getting a latest-generation Mac mini. Look for the Thunderbolt logo.
Here's the Mac mini server retail box. We were quite disturbed to find that the box has the MAC address on the outside of the box, so anyone in the retail channel could see it. For those Mac minis (and other Macs, presumably) sold through channels like Best Buy, the last thing you want is to let some sales guy or retail person have access to your MAC address, especially since they also have your address, credit card, and other personally identifiable information.
With your MAC address, it's just one step easier to be able to gain access to your router and your network, should the retail worker be so nefariously inclined. Sure, good router protection should reduce the risk, but requiring MAC addresses for access to a network is one of the better layers of protection -- and Apple just gave that away.
Very disappointed in Apple for this.
The Mac mini server itself begins to appear.
Another slide-out view
There's the Mac mini server itself, waiting to be removed. It turns out there's no room to stick your fingers in there to get the server out, so it's a little challenging to remove the server without jossling the contents.
It's not much bigger than a first generation Apple TV
It's also not much bigger than my old iPhone
Here's the rest of what's in the box, an instruction manual (sort of, mostly disclaimers, legalese, and warnings), a power cord and an HDMI to DVI cord. Note that the Mac mini server does NOT come with a remote control for Front Row.
Here's the useless little "manual"
There's nothing underneath the manual. No restore disks. No disks of any kind. Of course, since, the Mac mini has no disk slot, there's no real reason for a disk. Recovery might be challenging, though.
Here are the two accessories.
Here's the DVI side of the HDMI to DVI cable.
Here's the HDMI side of the HDMI to DVI cable
Here's the empty box.
There's nothing in here but air.
Just in case you thought the recovery disks might be hiding, they're not.
Here's the Mac mini server itself.
Close-up view of the bottom of the Mac mini server
Another view of the bottom of the Mac mini server
Here are the ports on the box.
Here's another view of the ports.
If you look closely, you can see the Mac mini debossing.
Mac mini name on the bottom of the server