Sorry, kids: no “true” video iPod, no Macbook, no tablet. But…
An iPod Hi-Fi, with “room-filling power without distortion.” It’s portable, mains or battery powered, has built-in carry handles, and connects to every iPod. You can control it with an Apple Remote, or via a Software Update for your iPod. Price: $349, available now.
Also, as we noted earlier, a new Mac mini: in all but name, it’s the media center that a lot of people have been begging for. Same size, same shape, but Intel powered. There are two models, 1.5GHz Core Solo and 1.66GHz Core Duo, priced at $599 and $799 (which means prices have gone up a little with this update). The new machines are available now. They come with Front Row and Apple Remote, gigabit ethernet, four USB ports, analogue and SPDIF audio outs. They are, says Apple, between 2.5 and 5.5 times faster than previous models, depending on the processor.
Included with them is the new Front Row software. It can stream TV shows in iTunes across your network and show them on your TV. It can tune into shared iTunes and iPhoto libraries. Streaming over Bonjour is important here: “Media from any other Mac or Windows computer running iTunes will be piped over to the Mac mini hooked up to your television set.” Bonjour is coming into its own with this release.