Macworld Expo had the big keynote today. Two very large things were announced that I know of right now. The flash iPod, and much more importantly in my eyes, the Mac mini.
My Mother is in dire need for a new computer. Her and her boyfriend are currently using a 5 year old Compaq running Windows ME. The thing isn’t usable due to spyware and viruses that constantly infect it. The computer can be used for about a week after I visit and clean it up, but after that it returns to a state of chaos. The Mac mini is exactly what they need. It’s cheap, it lets them use the monitor they already have, and it’s Mac. I truly believe that the Mac OS, OSX, is much more appropriate for the average user than Windows. I’m not saying that as a fanboy. I’m saying that as a Windows user of 10 years, who in the last year bought a Powerbook. I know Windows quite well, and consider myself a “power user”, someone who uses a computer to its fullest ability. Windows has uses, and Mac has uses. I strongly feel that Mac is more geared toward the average consumer. No viruses, no spyware… and configuration seems to be about 20 times easier (subjective scale there).
Back to the Mac mini… just looking at Apple’s website the Mac mini is 2.9 pounds, measuring 6.5″ x 6.5″ x 2″. The case is made up of the same aluminum that the Powerbooks and Powermacs are constructed from. That discovery delighted me to no end… I like the white and clear plastic look of the Apple consumer products, but it’s hard to beat the sleek finish of Apple’s aluminum Professional products.
Will this be the point of mass propagation of Switchers? The main con against Apple computers has always been prohibitive cost, but the Mac mini changes things. The argument of being able to walk into Best Buy to pick up a $500 Windows machine won’t hold water anymore. Additionally, OS 10.3 is the best I’ve ever seen, and with Tiger (10.4) around the corner, things are only going to get better.