Steve Jobs unveils new Apple products

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Steve Jobs unveils new Apple products

At today's special Apple Event, Apple made several product announcements that can finally silence the "hype" that has been surrounding this news event for the past several days. As I predicted, Apple did not launch an Apple iPod VoIP device. They did however announce a few products including two updated models of their Mac mini.

From TAUW:
1.5GHz Intel Core Single
1.5GHz Intel Core Solo processor
2MB L2 Cache
667MHz Frontside Bus
512MB memory (667MHz DDR2 SDRAM)
60GB Serial ATA hard drive
Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Price: Starts at $599.00

1.67 GHz Intel Core Dual
1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor
2MB L2 Cache
667MHz Frontside Bus
512MB memory (667MHz DDR2 SDRAM)
80GB Serial ATA hard drive
Double-layer SuperDrive (DVD R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Price: Starts at $799.00

They also announced a new leather sleeve for the iPod, which no doubt will cause many third-party accessory manufacturers to cry foul. Note the "official" iPod logo.

Finally, they launched the iPod Hi-Fi, a battery powered (D batteries) or A/C adaptor speaker system with built-in iPod dock. It also has an Aux port in the back that will work with the iPod shuffle or any device with a standard audio plug.

Excuse me while I yawn. None of these products are "innovative". Many third party manufacturers have already been selling similar products, including the iPod Hi-Fi. And where's the iPod WiFi people were predicting? Part of me was kinda rooting for an iPod VoIP device, even though I knew it wouldn't happen. :( Oh well.

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