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February 28, 2006

Apple announcements: Quick take

Posted by Kim Peterson at 12:08 PM

The fun, new products from Apple today are an Intel-based version of the Mac Mini and an iPod home stereo system.

The new Mac mini comes in two price points: $600 will get you a 1.5 GHz Intel chip, a 60GB hard drive and the ability to play, but not burn, DVDs, while $800 will fetch a 1.67 GHz chip, an 80GB hard drive and DVD burning. (Both have 512 MB of memory and can burn CDs.)

The iPod Hi-Fi is 17 inches long and about 6.5 inches wide and deep and runs for $350. It has a built-in iPod dock. And while there are tons of iPod accessories that pretty much do the same thing, Apple said the sound quality will be higher than the speakers available today, according to Cnet.

An underwhelming announcement. Here's what others have to say:

"Frankly, I'm a little disappointed." - Josh Bancroft

"Is it just me, or was that thing waaaay overhyped?" - Snarky Slashdot comment

"So, what've we talked about today? Some really cool products." - Engadget live keynote coverage

"A new Mac mini: in all but name, it's the media center that a lot of people have been begging for." - Mac DevCenter

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