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Intel Mac mini media center coming soon?

macmini.jpgIt's only a rumor, but it's a juicy one. Think Secret alleges that Apple will soon showcase the Mac mini as a digital media center outfitted with:
  • Front Row 2.0
  • TiVo-like digital video recording capacity;
  • a built-in iPod dock; and
  • an Intel processor.
The new Mac mini project, code-named Kaleidoscope, will be released at MacWorld San Francisco in early January, 2006, according to Think Secret's piece published late last night. The article admits that hardware specifics are unknown, but speculates about other features, like a boost in hard drive size from 2.5-inches to 3.5-inches to handle large media.

The Mac mini makes sense as a digital hub, given its no-frills profile and relatively low price. Picture it in your family room hooked up to your iPod, TV, and sound system, unobtrusively humming along as the control center of your home theater. Is this just a pipedream, or do you agree that it may have a ring of truth?
 

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