Now that Macworld 2009 has come and gone with no Mini, rumor sites and Mini lovers have been waiting patiently (or not) for some news on the new Mini. What will it look like? Will it adopt a new style to match the iMac and Unibody Macbook lines? Previous rumors about the Mini included talk of dual monitor ports (one Mini DVI and one Mini DisplayPort), a removed optical drive, no firewire (ala Unibody Macbook), 2 internal hard drives, and a complete merging of the Mini with the AppleTV. We previously covered these details and speculation on Apples plans.
In the past few days some details, a picture and a short video have surfaced that appear to show a Mini with the old style, the aluminum sides with the plastic top, sporting 5 USB ports, 2 video ports, Firewire 800, and an optical drive slot, but otherwise no major changes. The current style still looks good and fits in well with the other aluminum models, however Apple likes to move things forward in the style department. Is this Apples way of ushering in the new model by slightly updating the old model and retaining the old case? This is exactly what they did with the Macbook when the Unibody was released, the older style can still be had albeit lacking the newer trackpad and aluminum case. Rumor has it that this machine does have an SATA optical drive, just like the newer Macbooks.
While it is possible this is all fake (it wouldn’t be the first time), the inclusion of a video raises the level of effort required substantially compared to a simple photoshop job.
This is the picture:
Note the 5 USB ports, Firewire 800 and dual monitor ports of different types. Is Apple planning to include both a mini version of the last generations DVI connection AND a Mini DisplayPort to work with their new monitors? Apple already sells adapters for Mini DisplayPort to VGA and to DVI, so including a Mini DVI port is not necessary to enable compatibility with the monitor a user already owns (one of the BYODKM goals Apple touts for the Mini). Dual displays would be nice in the mini, but does it make sense to include 2 DIFFERENT ports? We don’t think so, given that Apple already makes and sells adapters to convert displayport to both VGA and DVI, it would make much more sense to include 2 Mini DisplayPorts.
There was some suspicion that the above photo might be faked, which is certainly possible, however a video also surfaced. This one would be much harder to fake without building a physical object to match the look and size of the machine in the photo. It could however be simply a custom made box resembling a Mini, or it could be a current generation mini altered to look like it has these new ports. As always users will have to decide for themselves what exactly is real or fake, but it does look very convincing, and we hope this is the real deal and coming out soon.