/Prototype images show Apple’s scrapped plans to add an iPod dock to the Mac Mini

Prototype images show Apple’s scrapped plans to add an iPod dock to the Mac Mini

New images shared on Twitter this week showcase a prototype Mac Mini with a built-in iPod dock. The Mac Mini featured here features a 30-pin connector that allows an iPod user to charge and sync their device without any extra cables.

The images have been shared on Twitter by @DangalBookPro account, which regularly shares images of Apple prototypes and scraped projects. According to the account, this Mac Mini with the iPod Dock is a “completely scraped project that has never seen the light of day.” These images show the Mac Mini and iPod Dock prototypes at the stage of development engineering validation tests.

This would have been an interesting tie-in to Apple products, but of course there are some practical issues with docking an iPod on top of the Mac Mini. For example, not everyone puts their Mac Mini in an easily accessible place, and sometimes not even enough headroom to allow the iPod to move outwards.

Personally, I see a few ways that this kind of tie can become a tie in modern day Apple accessories. For example, the current Mac Mini may have a Kiwi charging capability on top. More effective, however, if the position of the IMAC or Pro display XDR doubles as a “drop somewhere” cue charging surface.

What do you think about this scraped Mac mini prototype? Should Apple have made it public? Can you imagine any possibility for equal integration between iPhone and Mac nowadays? Let us know in the comments!

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