Apple launched a new version of its lowest-priced computer, Mac mini, with an HDMI port to connect directly to high-definition TVs, and an SD slot for compatibility with most camera memory cards. It has twice the graphics performance of its predecessors, but it also has lower power usage. The new specs do come at a cost: At $699, its entry price is $100 more than past models.
The new Mac mini, which is 7.7 inches square by 1.4 inches, consumes less than 10 watts of power when idle. That fact, combined with improved performance, HDMI port and SD card slot, suggests that it could be used as a home theater PC, competing with Apple's less expensive (but less capable) Apple TV.
Like earlier Mac minis, it has an integrated DVD drive. Apple is not offering a Blu-ray high-definition movie-disc drive at this time, but the iTunes service does offer high-definition movie downloads to rent or buy.
It has a Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor, a 2.4 gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320 gigabyte (GB) hard-disk and 2GB RAM. It comes with Mac's Snow Leopard operating system, and its iLife suite of photo and video-editing software.