11/29/2005

Apple to ‘add iPod Dock’ to Mac Mini

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:18 am

Apple’s abortive attempt to integrate an iPod Dock into the Mac Mini may yet come to fruition as the company prepares to enter the media centre arena using the diminutive computer.

Claims that the Mini design originally included a Dock were made this past March after electronics specialist Leo Bodnar took his Mini to bits and spotted unused bus connections on the riser card that connects the optical drive to the motherboard. The card appeared to contain a Firewire link that wasn’t needed by the ATA-100 optical drive and didn’t connect to anything else. With the riser card reaching up to the top of the Mini’s casing, Bodnar speculated that the Mac was originally conceived as sporting an integrated Dock.

Now, Apple-watching website ThinkSecret reckons it’s going to happen. Its sources claim an Intel-based Mac Mini, codenamed ‘Kaleidoscope’ and due to be announced at Macworld Expo next month, will sport such a Dock along with version 2.0 of Apple’s Media Center Edition-like Front Row shell and PVR functionality.

Source: The Register

 

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