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Macworld Day One - Pictures and videos
Authored by: Eravau on Jan 12, '05 06:52:46PM
As far as I can tell from the tech specs pages for the Mac Mini and iMac, it's just analog audio out for the Mini. The audio istings for iMac and Mac Mini say:
  • Mac Mini: Headphone/audio line out
  • iMac: Headphone/optical digital audio output
Note the optical in the iMac description. Also notable is the fact that the iMac has an audio line in port. The Mac Mini does not. I guess if you want all the tricks you pay a more tricked out price.

I noticed somebody on MacInTouch comparing prices on an iMac 20" and a Mini with a 20" Cinema display. In that case, the iMac came out about $57 cheaper. If you compare a 17" iMac with a Mini plus non-Apple RAM upgrades and 17" non-Apple display, the price comes out about $400 in favor of the Mini.

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Macworld Day One - Pictures and videos
Authored by: Imaria on Jan 12, '05 11:42:23PM

I suppose Apple's willing to take a hit in their other departments as long as they can get people on OS X.

I also suppose that they're banking on a lot of people not doing that math.

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Macworld Day One - Pictures and videos
Authored by: chris_on_hints on Jan 13, '05 10:21:47AM

The maths seems to show that the iMac is likely to stay apple's most popular machine for people wanting a whole package, while those looking to replace their virus-ridden PC but keep their keyboard and monitor will go for the mini.

Also, how about those people who have a PC for games etc keeping their PC and hooking up the mini to a keyboard/monitor switch box to have the best of both worlds???

I got an email from a PC user saying his friends are trading in their DVD players for a mini and hooking it up to their TV... now there is an idea - competition for Media Centre??

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