Jag gjorde en sökning på Google på Mac mini för att se hur reaktionerna ser ut. Jag gjorde mig jobbet att klistra in talande formuleringar, och sammanställer det här. Jag har undvikit de vanliga mac-sidorna, eftersom jag var mest nyfiken på attityderna utanför skarorna av redan frälsta.
Detta är vad jag har skrapat ihop från de fyra första sidorna av sökträffar. Jag har inte sett en enda uteslutande negativ kommentar.
In keeping with the idea of an iPod in every pocket, and a Mac in every home, the Mac Mini is pictured next to the, er, bait. The Mac Mini at first reminds of the Micro ATX Whatever PC, except that with Apple, small, like everything else must be beautiful. At 3 pounds it weighs less than the lightest laptop Apple makes, and its profile is nearly as slim, a mere two inches tall, a flattened Cube — but flattened with style. The surfaces are smooth, mix of lacquer white and brushed metal, perhaps the love child design of an iMac and a PowerMac. The specifications are also, to be polite, minimal.
What are the biggest uses for a personal computer today?
• pr0n web browsing
• Word processing
Well, three out of four isn't bad.
It’s not about the computer. It’s about the effect, or rather the affect. The “y” of xMac, or Mac mini, is another question: why not Windows? For people in the real world, the Mac mini, with the included software, does everything people need, while not doing things they don't need, like becoming infected with malware.
And the Mac mini does it at a price, US$499, competitive with the charcoal turds produced by more successful PC vendors. It's taken twenty years, but Apple may have come full circle at last.
Mac mini: the white brushed metal box for the rest of us.
The Mac mini has been welcomed by Apple fans, industry experts and PC users.
The release of the tiny, low-cost machine is seen as a good move for Apple which currently has a small share of the desktop computer market.
Mac watchers and some analysts say the Mac mini will go a long way to help Apple appeal to the mass of consumers.
They speculate that the Mac mini will be bought by iPod owners and those wanting an easy-to-use and administer second home computer.
"The Mac mini is exactly what Apple has needed to capture Windows users to the [Mac] platform," said analyst Charlie Wolf with investment bank Needham & Co., of New York. He said the low-priced box combined with the "secret sauce"—Apple's easy-to-use iLife content-creation tools, such a iMove and iDVD—were a compelling story. "There's nothing like it for Windows," he said.
eWeek har även talat med Peter Glaskowsky:
At the same time, Peter Glaskowsky, an analyst with the Envisioneering Group in Seaford, N.Y., said there'd be little traction for the Mac mini in the enterprise world. "It's hard to imagine an enterprise-level corporation that'd want a Mac but not prefer the power of an iMac or the portability of a PowerBook," he said.
Still, he predicted the new, small Mac would be a hit product. "It's the Mac half-cube," he said, referring to a previous compact Mac model that saw disastrous sales due to a combination of limited expansion and high price. "But Apple will sell 10 times what it sold of the Cube because people can afford the Mac mini."
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I'm a big fan of Apple's new Mac Mini. It looks great. It's elegantly small. And I can seriously recommend it to my friends whose PCs are saddled with adware, spyware, and viruses, which pretty much includes all my neighbors with Windows PCs (and me too, now). Chuck points out that there are some, potentially interesting uses for the Mac Mini other than recruiting Windows users to the Mac camp, but right now I want to focus on switching.
You see, it just seems to me that the time is right for Apple to make a push into the mass-market. First, and bear with me a bit here, let me review some common reasons to go Windows rather than Mac:
1. Windows PCs can be had cheaply
2. There's more software for Windows than for the Mac
3. Some web sites seem to favor Windows Internet Explorer
4. Buy Windows, and you fit in with the majority
I'm sure there's more reasons that I'm missing. But no matter. The Mac Mini certainly answers objection #1. Not only can you get a Mac for $500, it'll look a whole lot cooler than any Windows PC (that I've seen) for the same price.
But here's my real point: All the reasons to stay with Windows pale in the light of one fact. And that fact is:
Your Windows PC won't work!
Apple has traditionally aimed for high-end markets both for its Mac computers and the iPod, eschewing discount models.
But the company reversed that course in one fell swoop on Tuesday with the $99 "iPod shuffle" and the $499 "Mac mini."
The new products expand Apple's four-year-old "digital hub" and could broaden Apple's market considerably, analysts said.
The new Mac Mini will go on sale Jan. 22 and will cost $499 for the base model, or $599 for one with a bigger hard drive. The device marks one of Apple's boldest moves yet to expand PC sales beyond a loyal but limited market of Mac addicts. The iPod and Apple's iTunes music store have been responsible for a dramatic surge in Apple revenue, but to date there has been little evidence that those products have done anything for Apple's PC business.
Rätt trevlig läsning, eller hur? Särskilt om man tänker på att upphetsningen över iMac G5 knappt har hunnit lägga sig när Apple släpper Mac mini.