Although the new minis are certainly impressive, one can't help but think that Apple's "bring your own monitor, keyboard and mouse" policy is a little out of place with a $799 system, especially one that can cost upwards of $1,000 if you opt for a 120GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM. Apple may be straying too far from the mini's intended purpose of being a cheap entry-level system designed to lure PC users away from the Windows platform, as even $599 will buy plenty of PC.
In addition to showcasing new minis, Apple also introduced the iPod Hi-Fi, a $349 all-in-one speaker system with a Front Row-style remote and built-in dock to accommodate the company's iPod products. Speaking of iPods, Apple also unveiled a collection of $99 leather cases for the iPod and iPod nano. Oddly, though, the cases don't appear to allow access to the iPod's controls. The leather cases won't be available for a few weeks, either, but the iPod Hi-Fi and new Mac minis will apparently ship within 24 hours.