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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac Press Rel
As many of you may recall, Steve Jobs specifically called out the 30th anniversary of Apple during the Macworld Expo keynote back in January. Since then, the rumor sites have been silent on what might be in the works. Today, which is Apple's actual 30th anniversary, they let the cat out of the bag -- a new "extended" Mac mini form factor, featuring some amazingly cool technology. Though I don't normally do this, I've chosen to run their PR blurb in its entirety, given the significance of the machine (has anyone else ever shipped a box with both Intel and PowerPC chips inside?).

Anyway, without further ado, here's what Apple had to say this morning...

CUPERTINO, California--April 1, 2006—Apple® today unveiled the new Mac® miniTower with two Intel Core Duo processors and one Motorola Dual-core PowerPC G5 processor inside the box. "This is our new 30th Anniversary Macintosh," explained Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "By offering the Intel Core Duo and the Dual-core G5 in one machine, we've created the ideal Intel transition machine. Our new Dispatch® chipset automatically routes PowerPC code to the G5, letting these older programs run at full speed until Universal versions are available." Starting at just $1,699, the Mac miniTower is a powerhouse at an affordable price.

Just like the new Intel-based mini, the miniTower includes the next generation of Apple's breakthrough Front Row media experience, giving customers a simple way to enjoy their digital lifestyle content, including music, photos and videos from across the room using the Apple Remote. With the latest version of Front Row, customers can now effortlessly access shared iTunes® playlists, iPhoto® libraries and video throughout their home via Bonjour™, Apple's zero configuration wireless networking built into Mac OS® X.

The new miniTower includes a 667 MHz front-side bus and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory, expandable to 4GB. Every Mac miniTower includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort® Extreme 802.11g WiFi for fast 54 Mbps wireless networking*, built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), and a total of four USB 2.0 ports. There are also separate FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 ports, and the miniTower includes a DVI interface and a VGA-out adapter to easily connect to a variety of displays, including many of today's most popular flat panel televisions.

The miniTower also takes advantage of the extra space afforded by its larger chassis, and includes a 16-lane PCI Express slot for a super-fast video card. Options include the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 and GeForce 7800 GT, and coming soon, the super fast ATI Radeon® X 1900. Also included is a second optical drive, to improve customers' multitasking options. There's also room inside the case for a second hard drive for those customers who need extra storage space.

As with all new Macs, the miniTower includes iLife '06, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, featuring iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD®, GarageBand™ and iWeb™. All the iLife '06 applications are Universal applications that run natively on the new Intel-based Mac miniTower for maximum performance.

Every new Mac miniTower comes with the latest release of the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" including Safari™, Mail, iCal®, iChat AV and Front Row, running natively.

Pricing & Availability
The new Mac miniTower is shipping Monday, April 3rd, and will be available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new 1.83 GHz Mac miniTower, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:
  • Two 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processors, each with 2MB shared L2 Cache;
  • One Dual-core 2GHz PowerPC G5 with 1MB L2 Cache;
  • 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable up to 4GB;
  • One slot-loading 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • One Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW);
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • PCI Express graphics with NVIDIA GeForce 6600
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
  • Four USB 2.0 ports;
  • FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 ports;
  • One audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
  • The infrared Apple Remote.
The new 2.16 GHz Mac miniTower, for a suggested retail price of $2,199 (US), includes:
  • Two 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processors, each with 2MB shared L2 Cache;
  • One Dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 with 1MB L2 Cache;
  • 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable up to 4GB;
  • Two slot-loading 16x SuperDrives with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • PCI Express graphics slot with NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT;
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 BASE-T);
  • Four USB 2.0 ports;
  • FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 ports;
  • One audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
  • The infrared Apple Remote.
Build-to-order options and accessories include up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, 80GB, 250GB and 300GB Serial ATA hard drives, second SuperDrive (on the base model), iWork '06 (pre-installed), AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Wireless Mouse, Apple USB Modem and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The new Mac miniTower line is also available to education customers in the US and Canada through the Apple Store for Education at www.apple.com/education/store or by calling an Apple education sales representative at 800-800-APPL.

* Actual speed will vary based on range from the base station, environmental conditions and other factors.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple celebrates its 30th anniversary and continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.
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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: Wayne_S on Apr 01, '06 07:05:26AM
Can you imagine a Beowulf cluster of these?

At least Rob didn't change the site's color scheme like this site did.

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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: pureeville on Apr 01, '06 07:30:52AM

With redundant infrared sensors!



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: robg on Apr 01, '06 07:48:04AM

No, the second one is just a black plastic plug to make it the same width as the other, for purely aesthetic reasons. But pointing such trivial details out in a press release isn't really something Apple typically does.

:)

-rob.



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: UpWest47 on Apr 01, '06 10:12:27AM

Is there a slot for toast?



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: mistersquid on Apr 01, '06 07:41:58AM

I can't believe it. I was taken in and even had to go Apple.com to confirm I'd been hoaxed. Nice job, Rob.



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: osxpounder on Apr 03, '06 02:48:46PM

Got me, too! LOL! For about 5 minutes I was mentally balancing my budget and trying to figure out how to buy one. Then I thought maybe I should check the Apple Store. One glance reminded me that this was a special date.

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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: jmgriff on Apr 01, '06 08:30:52AM

Nice job ;)

Mixed processors aside, I'd love to see a Mac like this, for those people who would like more flexibility and upgrade options then an iMac but for whom a PowerMac is overkill. Sad thing is I suspect that the chance of Apple releasing one, 30th aniversary or not, is nil.



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: jvcosta on Apr 01, '06 08:52:40AM

:-) April 1st, the day when everyone is a child, luckily!



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: BohrMe on Apr 01, '06 09:06:08AM

Let's see... No announcement on apple.com, no link provided, excellent use of PhotoShop, hmm... It must be April Fool's Day.



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: Barros on Apr 01, '06 09:37:06AM

I've already bought 100 and Apple gave me 100% discount plus 5 years of warranty and i will be the first to try the new OS.
OSXXIII. Code Name TOM and the new mouse Jerry.

Rui



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: Chealion on Apr 01, '06 10:32:54AM

So when did Motorola instead of IBM start making the G5? ;-)

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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: ocdinsomniac on Apr 01, '06 11:01:08AM

I don't know about you guys, but since reading this my Mac feels "zippier."



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It's April Fools Day folks!
Authored by: macubergeek on Apr 01, '06 01:46:44PM

Yuk
Yuk
Yuk

Damn I hate April Fools day :-(



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: duck69 on Apr 01, '06 06:26:19PM

Surely you jest ! Hardy Har Har .........

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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: Loh-Q on Apr 01, '06 06:56:25PM
hehehehe, love it!! I'm selling my lowly G5 as we speak... Happy April Fools/Apple Anniversary!! Bobbi Style http://www.BobbiStyle.com/

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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: uid73397 on Apr 01, '06 07:00:26PM

I must have looked at 5 different web sites before I realized April Fools is here. Rob, you dog!

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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: smoked_2na on Apr 01, '06 07:43:09PM

Nice! I remember having a [ Digital Rainbow PC ] at one time that also had two processors [ 8080 ] and, I think [ 8086 ] so you could run DOS and CP/M.

-Tuna-



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: balthisar on Apr 02, '06 07:08:06AM

The Commodore 128 had a CMOS 8502 and Zylog Z-80 -- strange combination, but that Z-80 allowed running CP/M when you were tired of C=128 or C=64 mode.

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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: Farnsy on Apr 02, '06 06:30:11AM

This one was so secret that even Apple didn't know about.
I wish Apple would market an upgradable Box like this.



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Intel and PPC in same box...
Authored by: gabester on Apr 02, '06 09:13:33AM

Has been done, by Apple, once before - anyone remember the DOS-Compatible PowerMacs from 1994-1996? You could get 6100s and 7200s with NuBus and/or PCI cards that had 80486s on 'em. They had their own built-in video (there was a funky cable to connect your single display to both the Mac's and the PC's video) but could share your RAM, HD, keyboard and mouse. You had to boot MacOS (System 7.5 at the time), but once you did, you could toggle the PC on-a-card on and switch to it with a keystroke - cmd-= (equals) if my memory doesn't fail me.

I've still got one of these from my 6100 sitting in the basement; I don't have a 6100 any more so I should sell it on Ebay I guess. But it's got the full set of install floppies for DOS 6 and Windows 3.1!

I've often wondered why Apple wouldn't just do something like the reverse of this for Intel-based Macs to allow a direct PPC execution of non-Universal binaries.
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Intel and PPC in same box...
Authored by: juststranded on Apr 02, '06 03:11:54PM

"I've often wonder why..."

...the whole point in switching to Intel is because the PPC processors weren't doing the job. That would just prolong the switch.



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Intel and PPC in same box...
Authored by: macwebmac on Apr 03, '06 12:22:11PM

I still have Quadra 650 with 80486 card in it. I remamber how great thta stuff was. Press key and it switches to windows, press again and it goes to mac. I hope we will get something like that in software for macintels in future either from apple or third party developer. hope virtualisation or whatever will bring it.



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: dcoyle on Apr 02, '06 01:23:31PM

I totally bought it. Not for too long, but long enough for me to feel like an idiot. Good job.



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: chris2x on Apr 03, '06 01:04:39AM

I didn't buy it... but I loved it :-)



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New Apple 30th Anniversary Mac
Authored by: kainewynd2 on Apr 03, '06 07:53:12AM

I forgot that I still have one of those in a closet with original Windows 95 installation disks...

Wow...



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