2011 Mac mini review: Ding dong, the disc is dead

The new Mac mini does away with the optical disc drive, leading to a price reduction for Apple’s diminutive desktop. Without it, and with the addition of Thunderbolt and dedicated graphics, how does the mini stack up as a desktop and as a home theater PC?

Why Not to Buy a Mac (Now)

The simple if unsatisfying answer to the question of when to buy a new Mac is when you need one.

There’s nothing a Mac bought a year ago can’t do today, and nothing a Mac bought today won’t be able to do a year from now, just not as well.

That’s the problem for those seeking to maximize the value of their next purchase. If one believes the hype from none other than Steve Jobs himself, Macs are going to “take Apple to the next level” in 2010, and who doesn’t want to level up with Steve?

But even without the hype, there are three–well, really, two good reasons and one forlorn hope–to wait a while before purchasing your next Mac. Read More about Why Not to Buy a Mac (Now)

Intel Promo Material Points to Core i5 MacBook Pros

An internal employee incentive program aimed at Intel retail salespeople seems to have let the cat out of the bag about a major upcoming revision to Apple’s MacBook Pro line, according to AppleInsider. If the flyer detailing the program is accurate, the MacBook Pro will soon sport the Intel Core i5 processor, replacing the Intel Core 2 Duo chip that has long driven Apple’s upscale line of notebooks.

A prize draw for passing the training for sales associates for the month advertises two prizes of MacBook Pro laptops, featuring the Intel Core i5 processor. Intel, for its part, maintains that although the flyers are indeed company material, the suggestion that MacBooks will soon feature Core i5 tech is merely a typo. Read More about Intel Promo Material Points to Core i5 MacBook Pros

Rumor Has It: Apple Says “No” to Mobile Intel Core i5 and i7 Chips

Apple (s aapl) uses the desktop version of Intel’s (s intc) Core i5 and Core i7 processors in its current iMac lineup, and despite some DOA machines and some odd display problems being reported, people seem generally pleased with the results. It makes sense then that Apple would be interested in using the mobile version of those processors, codenamed “Arrandale,” in upcoming versions of its notebooks.

But Apple apparently isn’t interested in using the mobile platform, at least not in its default configuration. The problem is that the yet to be released 32nm Core i5 and Core i7 processors include mandatory integrated graphics. Since switching to the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor, we haven’t seen hide nor tail of an Intel integrated chip, and thank goodness for that. Read More about Rumor Has It: Apple Says “No” to Mobile Intel Core i5 and i7 Chips

New iMacs Feature 21.5 and 27-inch Displays and Available Quad-Core Processors

new imacs

Well, the Apple Store went down, and we waited with bated breath. And most of what people expected to see came true. One of those expectations was new iMacs, and Apple’s (s aapl) all-in-one desktops did indeed get a nice upgrade and redesign. That means you’re old hat, iMac which I’m typing this up on right now.

The new iMacs feature LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays, with a new edge-to-edge glass and seamless aluminum case design. It’s quite the sexy little get up, and it’s sure to turn a few heads. Also sure to turn heads is the introduction of quad-core processors to the iMac line, though the entry level model still sports an Intel Core 2 Duo processor by default. Read More about New iMacs Feature 21.5 and 27-inch Displays and Available Quad-Core Processors