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4. In-Car Computers > 54. Install a Mac Mini in Your Car

Install a Mac Mini in Your Car

Apple’s new Mac Mini has the perfect price, performance, size, and shape for in-car computer installations.

In January 2005, Apple surprised a lot of people by entering the sub-$500 PC market. Their new product, the Mac Mini, was greeted with enthusiastic press and fanfare. The Mac Mini is equipped similarly to Apple’s laptop line, with a 1.25-GHz or 1.42-GHz PowerPC G4 processor, a 2.5” laptop hard drive, and a slot-loading optical drive. It’s small enough to be mistaken for an external CD/DVD drive.

For car PC enthusiasts, the most interesting thing about the Mini is its form factor (i.e., standard size and shape). The Mac Mini is 2” tall and 6.5” wide. For those not keeping track, the standard size of a car radio slot [Hack #12] is an almost identical 2” by 7”—consequently, the Mac Mini can be installed almost seamlessly in a dashboard slot. You can see a picture of a Mac Mini and a single-DIN head unit in Figure 4-35.


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