MacWorld 2005 Keynote

Another MacWorld Keynote presentation has come to a close and again we’re left with some flashy new stuff to spend our hard earned money on .

In my opinion the biggest and most important announcement was the new Mini Mac pictured below.

The Mini Mac is a vehicle to convert new users to Apple. Historically the two biggest complaints about switching to Apple have been lack of software and price. Well The Mini Mac solves the price issue entering in at a reasonable $499 USD and small enough for your living room too measuring in at 6″x6″x2.5″.

Processor: 1.25GHz PowerPC
Memory: 256MB of PC2700 (333MHz) DDR SRAM, supports up to 1GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon 9200 with 32MB of DDR SDRAM with AGP 4X support
Hard drive1: 40GB Ultra ATA1
Optical drive: Slot-loading Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Ports: One FireWire400 port, two USB 2.0 ports, DVI output VGA output

This is the $499 model you can of course customize your MiniMac.

Other big announcements included the unveiling of the long speculated flash based iPod dubbed the “iPod Shuffle” coming in both 512MB and 1GB sizes. It can also double as a flash drive the pricepoint for the iPod Shuffle is $99 for the 512MB and $149 for the 1GB model.

Other announcements of note are updates to the iLife package and the announcement of iWork Apples productivity suite that will include Keynote 2 and Pages (Pages being Apples new word processor)

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