New iBooks and Macs mini

Pretty much old news now, but in case you haven’t heard, Apple have announced new iBooks – all packing half a gig of RAM (a sweet addition), AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0, amongst other things – and new Mac minis, which also sport half a gig of RAM out of the box.

The extensive analysis can come in due course, but 512MB RAM is something of a requirement for machines running Tiger – Dashboard, Spotlight, probably the new widgets for Mail – all of these take up a bit of memory, and the result is that a machine with what used to be enough (384MB, as I can personally attest) is now a little prone to swapping. I could say “kudos” to Apple, but I think “about bloody time” might be a little more appropriate.

There’s little else of particularly great interest, save that the SuperDrive Mac mini now has a model number and will thus be officially stocked in Apple shops and those of resellers, rather than being a BTO option.

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