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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Everyone is talking new stuff from Mac. The big news for the iPod Set: iPod Shuffle, a 512MB or 1Gb flash iPod mini-mini with no screen, the size of a flash drive (it is a flash thumb drive as well), so named because it's designed to shuffle all your songs, but it can play through normally, too. At $99 US, it's not a bad little gadget, but more of a novelty than an iPod ... of course, for the price, it makes a nifty thumbdrive! (Gizmondo has many a iPod Shuffle pic here.) Oddly, Waxy points to a Plastic Bag blog entry that notes US customers are adivsed "Do not eat iPod Shuffle", while UK customers are told "Do not chew iPod Shuffle"; I wonder why UK citizens wouldn't try to digest their iPods?!? Also, Gizmondo has a wonderfully satirical How-To for converting your iPod to iPod Shuffle here!

Probably more significant is the release of the Apple Mac Mini, an absolutely tiny Mac sans keyboard, monitor or other periperhals, but tiny, lightweight and definitely affordable. Specs from Apple:
Inside its petite 2-inch tall, 6.5-inch square anodized aluminum enclosure, Mac mini houses a 1.25 or 1.42GHz G4 processor, 40 or 80GB hard drive, a slot-loading CD-R/DVD-ROM optical drive, 256MB DDR SDRAM and ATI Radeon 9200 graphics chip with 32MB dedicated DDR SDRAM — all whisper-quiet.

Connect your digital devices, such as cameras, iPod, printer, camcorder or keyboard to the Mac mini over USB 2.0 or FireWire. Built-in 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet and a 56K v.92 fax modem give you access to broadband or dial-up connections to the Internet. A headphone/audio line-out jack lets you listen to stereo sound.
The Mac Mini is tailored to tempt iPod users to move from Windows to Mac, and I suspect this very clever, entry-level version will sway more than a few people. Initial reviews seem to emphasise ease of use, and cuteness factor!

For other software releases announced at MacWorld, check out this article at Mac Central.

Finally, given saturation of Mac/iBranding, here comes the latest war of words and images between Apple lovers and haters:

[Click for full image iProduct @ Gizmondo]

[Click for full image Apple Hater @ Gizmondo]


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