Apple Confirms Some Mac Minis Have Unlabeled Upgrades

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2005-09-29 Print this article Print

Some of the low-end desktops are shipping with better features than promised on the box.

Apple Computer confirmed to on Thursday that some Mac Minis currently being sold may indeed be faster and more powerful than labeled, with better processors and some improved peripheral features than is marked on the outside of the box. The Mac Mini is Apple Computer Inc.s low-end desktop computer; models range in price from $499 to $699. Apple is not re-labeling the Mac Minis—even with last-minute stickers—so buyers have no way of knowing if they are getting whats marked on the box, or if its something better.
Read more here about the Mac Minis potential for enterprise use.
"Some Mac Mini systems may contain components that slightly exceed the published specifications," Apple hardware spokesperson Teresa Weaver said. "There are no changes to the published specifications or part numbers." Mac enthusiast Web site reported that "one source received a 1.5GHz Mac Mini Tuesday, although the box still featured the old 1.42GHz label." also said some models were shipping with a faster DVD burner, more video memory and improved Bluetooth wireless abilities. Apple would not confirm any of the ThinkSecret details to "Of course, if I were buying a Mac Mini and I got an upgrade right there in the box, Id be very happy about it. Id consider it a present from Apple," said Bernard Golden, CEO of Navica, an open-source and IT consulting firm in San Carlos, Calif. Click here to read about Apples updates to the Mac Mini. "Its better than what some companies do frequently as inducements to buy. Dell often says it will double the memory or upgrade the monitor size if you buy right now. Dell at least discloses what its doing to the customer, but with Apple, I guess sometimes the improvements are already in the box," Golden said. Isnt at least a modicum of trust lost when a company doesnt deliver what it says it will deliver—even if the product is a better one than advertised? "I dont necessarily see this as a trust issue," Golden told "I see it as more of an Apple administrative issue. It looks as though they had lots of [computers] lying around and needed to find a way to get rid of them." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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