Apple Puts Intel Inside Mac Mini
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off a few of what he called “medium-scale” announcements at an event here at Apple’s headquarters.
On the Macintosh side Apple added to its Intel-powered lineup with a Mac mini based on Intel’s Core Solo processor and also a version based on Intel’s dual-core Core Duo.
Jobs said both systems are faster than the earlier Mac minis based on the PowerPC G4, 2.5 times faster for the Core Solo unit and five times faster for the Core Duo-based Mac mini, according to industry Spec benchmarks he referenced.
The Core Solo Mac mini, with 512 MG of RAM, is priced at $599 while the Core Duo system is priced at $799. Both are available now.
Jobs noted that with the latest Mac minis, Apple has now moved 50 percent of its product to Intel processors since January. Apple intends to move all of its desktop and portable systems to Intel processors by the end of this year.
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