This model officially, it was not. One autumn day, without any presentation, the online Apple store on the spot of previous versions of the Mac mini, a new. Without presentation and without even a press release. It happened on 27 September 2005. Between September 7 (when Steve subtly first in the history of Apple mobile app (iTunes) for Motorola ROKR, this phone as well as iPod nano and 12 September, when the light appeared last iMac G5. And on 19 October came the PowerBook G4 and PowerMac G5 Quad and Dual.

“Acceleration and perestroika”: it was necessary to release, as quickly as possible and without regard for tradition, all that has accumulated at developers. To clean the pipe. And to concentrate on what was to be the future.

New models G4 PowerBook (the last PowerPC), in my opinion, deserved the attention of the public even less – but they paid offensive seven or eight minutes at the end of a press conference about the Aperture.

On the new Mac mini was no rumor. Nobody predicted in the bowels of the company no one cared to dedicated to recognize her code name, they were not before – but this name was in every model, it has remained unknown. In any case, to me.

Riddle, shrouded in mystery

The new “miniks” had all the trappings of a full model: the model identifier PowerMac10,2 – the first Mac mini he was PowerMac10,1.

Despite the zero cost of their promotion (if you consider the time spent by administrators of the Online Apple Store, close to zero), sales of the smallest and most affordable Mac was no worse than that declared in the beginning of the year.

Journalists he was not interested. There were no complaints.

A colleague (who worked with us from Chelyabinsk) bought a Mac mini from 1.42 GHz. He was getting to the destination longer than expected and turned out to be Mac mini 1.5 GHz. Colleague it hooked up through the switch to the keyboard, mouse and display to your PC-shki, and it all just worked. Even interested…

Inside the mysterious Mac mini

Inside the options of the new model was still the same PowerPC 7447a. With the size of the second level cache 512 K

The clock frequency of frontal system bus was still 167 MHz RAM in PowerMac10,1 was PC2700 (333 MHz) DDR SDRAM – that is, the possibility of transition to the PowerPC 7448 was not even considered.

The base package of all variants included 512 MB RAM in one slot. To increase it (including the online store, the purchase) it was possible to 1 Gigabyte.

The maximum resolution on a single monitor (the second connection is not supported) – 1920×1200. That is, the 20-inch Apple Cinema 23-inch Apple Cinema HD connected without problems. And, of course, the typical PC-shnye displays with the same data (the vast majority).

The target audience with adapters and adapters with no problems.

Interface with hard drives and optical drive – UltraATA/100.

Optical drive – 8x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW), which, according to Apple, read DVD 8x speed, writing CD-R 24x, CD-RW 16x, and reading CD with 24x speed. This type of optical disc drive included in the base kit.

Surcharge instead of a Combo could install a 2.4-fold SuperDrive.

AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR is now included in the basic package. The first Mac mini supported Bluetooth 1.1, which is not even included in the basic package.

The modem but now it was necessary to purchase for 29 dollars.

Ethernet 10/100Base-T, two USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire 400 port, and a connector for the display.

No expansion slots are not provided.

The Mac mini shipped with Mac OS 10.4.2, and as with all Mac and PowerPC, the last version of Mac OS X, with which it is compatible, was 10.5.8.

Size (5.08х16.51х16.51 cm) and weight (1.32 kg) in comparison with the previous model Mac mini has not changed.


The options were as in the first model, two. With a clock frequency of 1.3 GHz and 1.5 GHz. We call them “cheap” and “expensive”.

Cheap installed hard drive capacity of 40 GB (5 400 rpm), and in tests Geekbench 2 it scored 771 points. Predecessor with a 1.25 GHz scored 714.

Video card ATI Radeon 9200 (4x AGP) with 32 MB video memory.

Cost of “cheap” option, like its predecessor, $ 499.

The basic kit an expensive option was the disk 80 GB (5 400 rpm).

Video card ATI Radeon 9200 (4x AGP) with 64 MB of video memory.

Geekbench 2 expensive option scored 855 points (previous dear – 805).

It cost $ 599.

To be continued (now at Intel)