Big White has unleashed new iBooks (pictured) and new Mac Minis. The original Mini embodied the ideals of modern gadget erotica: it was small, fast and fun to ogle. The new Mini doesn't stray far from the winning formula, although this time its performance is bolstered by a base install of 512MB RAM. The major criticism levelled at the original Mini was its lack of adequate bundled RAM -- seems like Apple has been listening to these critics.
The Mini includes built-in Ethernet, modem, DVI, USB and FireWire. We're still incredulous that Apple can offer this kind of spec in a sub-£300 system. No other hardware manufacturer has managed to come close -- though several mod sites are trying their hardest to replicate the concept.
Apple claim their new iBook is the lightest all-in-one consumer laptop on the market, and with the standard spec weighing in at 2.2kg we're inclined to agree. The iBook comes with a base-install of 512MB RAM, a 1024x768 14-inch display powered by an ATI Radeon 9550 graphics card.
The most interesting addition to the new iBook is the new scrolling ability of the trackpad. Pressing two fingers to the pad lets you pan around a document. It's little details like this that ensure our drool buckets are at the ready whenever an Apple launch looms near. -CS