I’m a little late getting this posted, but I was able to see one of the new Mac Minis in person last weekend at Apple store in the Jordan Creek Mall in Des Moines. Like most Apple products, the pictures online just don’t do them justice. The mini was just that… mini. It is seriously about the size of an external hard drive and fits right in your hand (not that you’d really ever need to hold onto a desktop computer) It was a little shinier on top that how it looks in the pictures. I thought it would be closer to the iMac matte white, but it’ a little shinier than that (not a complaint just an observation). It is still one tiny little computer.
I was also able to take a look at one of the new iPod shuffles in person. They are also much smaller than I expected. It is seriously about the size of a standard usb pen drive with a little track control button on it. I think it’s a good idea for Apple to make a less expensive iPod, and I’m sure they’ll do very well with them, but I don’t think I’d buy one. It really is the lack of a screen that kills it for me. I would just like to know what’s playing and where I’m navigating. Otherwise this is a slick little mp3 player.