New Mac Mini: This time it’s video


Now this is more convincing! A physical thing, on reasonably high-quality video, rotated and fiddled with. And yet it doesn’t quite banish my skepticism completely–there’s a little of the absurd about it.

The story given by the poster is obviously bullshit, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. It’s not as if he’s going to be dumb enough to just come out and say something like “Yeah, I’m a pro photographer who takes pictures for Apple’s print ads” or what-have-you.

The idea that Apple’s legendary secrecy’s been cracked is delicious. Commenter TJS’s psuedocode algorithm for what should happen next is excellent:


Select strValidity

Case: “Leaked Prototype”

Discover source

Fire source from job

Case: “Handmade Mockup”

Discover source

Give job

Video of ‘Leaked’ Next-Gen Mac Mini? [Macrumors] (Thanks, Moosedesign!)

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10 Responses to New Mac Mini: This time it’s video

  1. killdeer says:

    Not that I’ve used a Mac in 10 years. But the top area with the logo looks odd. Like the logo is fuzzy or something?

  2. obscurica says:

    Looks like a cookie tin to me.

  3. nixiebunny says:

    That’s a lot of video frames to photoshop!

  4. XerxesQados says:

    That’s definitely an elaborate fake. Apple has already started advertising the real number of USB ports they’re using.

  5. Joel Johnson says:

    I will not be content until this is a meme showing Mac minis with 100 USB ports.

  6. TJ S says:

    @9:

    Yeah, but that’s the wonderful thing about USB. This thing has 5 teledildonics ports on it!

  7. dculberson says:

    Yeah, if it had a teledildonics port on it then the p factor would be pretty low. But it looks pretty similar to the existing model..

  8. Clay says:

    Allow me to suggest a mathematical model for these:

    b = p*e

    Where b represents believability, p represents plausibility of what is depicted, and e represents the likely effort it would take to create the material.

    We have pretty high values for both p and e here.

  9. caldrax says:

    well this proves to me that i have a good eye for whether something is photoshop work, at least.

    The last few major mac releases have been “unrevolutionary” so I’m not certain why it’s so surprising that the mini would get a very minor spec upgrade.

  10. alowishus says:

    This whole thing just seems silly. If you manage to land a gig with Apple as a contractor, why in the hell would you risk it by leaking future product info? That’s like the WORST thing you could do. Not saying this isn’t real, but there must be more to the story.

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