Mac mini (Early 2006)


Family: Mac mini

Codename: ?

Gestalt ID: 406

Minimum OS: 10.4.5

Maximum OS: 10.6.8

Introduced: February 2006

Terminated: September 2006


CPU: Intel Core Solo (T1300)

CPU Speed: 1.5/1.66

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 667 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 32-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 32 kB data, 32 kB instruction

Level 2 Cache: 2 MB on-processor


RAM Type: PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM

Minimum RAM Speed: 667 MHz

Onboard RAM: 0 MB

RAM slots: 2

Maximum RAM: 2 GB


GPU: Intel GMA950

VRAM: 64 MB shared (see notes)

Max Resolution: 24 bit, 1920x1200 (DVI) 1920 x 1080 (VGA)

Video Out: DVI


Hard Drive: 60/80 GB (2.5", 5400 RPM)

ATA Bus: Serial ATA

Optical Drive: ComboDrive/SuperDrive (see notes)


USB: 4 (2.0)

Firewire: 1

Audio Out: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF

Audio In: stereo 24 bit mini, Optical S/PDIF

Speaker: mono


Modem: optional USB 56kbps

Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T

Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g

Bluetooth: built-in 2.0+EDR


Power: 110 Watts

Dimensions: 2" H x 6.5" W x 6.5" D

Weight: 2.9 lbs.


The 1.66 GHz model had an Intel Core Duo T2300 CPU. Both models used a new Intel graphics chipset, which used a portion of main memory. Though reported as a 64 MB graphics system, the chipset actually used a minimum of 80 MB of RAM, resulting in a maximum of 432 MB of RAM available for system use in the base system. The low end model had a 24x/24x/16x/8x Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, and the high end model had a 24x/24x/16x/8x/8x/4x/2.4x CD-RW/DVD±RW/DVD+R DL SuperDrive.

Announced in February 2006, the Mac mini (Early 2006) brought Intel processors to the Mac mini line. In addition, it included a faster memory bus, a Serial ATA bus, 4 USB ports, optical audio in/out and on-board AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth on all models. The Mac mini (Early 2006) was available in two configurations. The low end machine, with a single-core 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor, a 60 GB hard drive, 512 MB of RAM and a slot-load Combo Drive, sold for $599. The high-end machine, with a dual-core 1.67 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, an 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB of RAM and a slot-load SuperDrive, sold for $799. Both models included an Apple Remote and Front Row software. In September 2006, Apple quietly replaced the Mac mini (Early 2006) line with the speed-bumped Mac mini (Late 2006).

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.