derFunkenstein wrote:So what else do we expect? GeForce 9400 iMacs and Minis seem a given, which is part of what drove me to buy my iMac when I did - I wanted better graphics than the 9400GS and it seems reasonable to believe that the entry level iMac will not have discreet graphics anymore.
So I would expect 2 CPU options in the new Mini Atom 230 or 330.
derFunkenstein wrote:This just seems too good to be true. A home server running some sort of sanctioned media/backup applications (and hopefully print apps as well) would be totally kewl. Right now I'm using (and I suspect alot of Mac folks are too) a G4 tower for such a device. I'd like something quieter, smaller, and lighter on energy usage that has some extra "stuff" built in, and media/backup "press button to go" services would be the way to do it. I think this would be a great application for a Atom/Geforce 9400 getup, and it could ship sans-optical drive (since this is very obviously a machine for multi-Mac households) to keep the prices low. As long as they let me connect extra drives via USB, I don't see how this thing could miss.
With any luck, this could be the big surprise at MacWorld. So we might as well get to it - what do you think is coming next month in San Francisco?
edit: while we're talking about home servers, I found this when searching for what the HP MediaSmart server does. If it's really sanctioned for Time Machine backups (when, as far as I can tell, other SMB shares are not), maybe Apple is serious.
edit2: more on MediaSmart and OS X
In Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”), Apple introduced a sophisticated backup system known as Time Machine . During the introduction of Microsoft Windows Home Server in early 2007, Microsoft publicly announced that the not-yet released Time Machine would be supported, however eventually Apple chose not to include that capability—at least in the initial release. Should that feature (allowing the use of an SMB filesystem as a Time Machine backup volume) be introduced, it will be an important capability in the coexistence of Mac OS X systems and the HP MediaSmart Server.
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