Rumors about a “headless iMac” have been out for a while, but now the Mac Mini is official. This new platform comes with a G4 processor at either 1.25GHz or 1.42GHz, either 40GB or 80GB of drive space, 1 FireWire, 2 USB, DVI/VGA video, modem, 10/100Base-T ethernet, can have anywhere from 256MG to 1GB of RAM, optional 802.11b/g and Bluetooth, and OS X 10.3 with the usual slew of cool Apple apps. Starting price is $499. It does not have built-in KVM, as some speculated. But it is obviously the “switcher’s gateway drug” machine, as indicated by this quote on the front page:
Perfect for Programmers
Set a space-saving Mac mini atop your workstation PC and add a KVM switch to share keyboard, monitor and mouse. Mac OS X includes free developer tools for Mac, UNIX and Java. Test out a Mac version of your latest creation, instantly. Pretty soon youâ€™ll be using the Mac full-time, with that PC relegated to the testbed.
I’ve been wanting to try out the new Macs for a while now (ever since Apple first started talking about using BSD as the core for OS X). Maybe when we get some money saved up, this could be a viable option.