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Old Jul 25, 2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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New Mac Mini Concept

I know this is just a photoshopped Mac Pro but I thought it would be cool to look at a Mac mini in the same format - as I'd imagine that is the route Apple is going to take.
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 04:07 PM   #3
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So, the iTrashCan and the iDonut?
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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I kinda like it

be a bit of booger to wall mount
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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Apple will not move away from making things thinner.
I bet it looks more like a vinyl record. Maybe a 45?
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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Well, they are already making a donut-shaped campus, so I don't see why not?
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 10:01 PM   #7
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Great, so now we have also an ashtray. Smokers gonna love it

Ashtray for consumer level. Trashcan if you need to go Pro
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 04:06 AM   #8
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well its funny but i dont see a reason why it would need that huge fan.
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 04:39 AM   #9
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well its funny but i dont see a reason why it would need that huge fan.
For the s"cream" of the Gpu inside
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 05:11 AM   #10
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Are those GOODYEAR 275/45 R18's? lol
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be a bit of booger to wall mount
Surely boogers are easy to wall mount? Just flick...
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Surely boogers are easy to wall mount? Just flick...
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 05:45 AM   #13
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That looks cool, everyone stop calling it weird stuff thats one of apples best designs whether you like it or not
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 08:25 AM   #14
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I'd happily have one of these, looks all space aged!
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 09:20 AM   #15
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Looks a bit silly imo. I'll be surprised if it has been redesigned and if it has then I think the time capsule/airport extreme design is much more likely contender.

The Mac Pro requires a custom mobo afaik, fine for an lower margin more expensive premium product like the Mac Pro but I don't see it in something like the mini tbh.
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 10:23 AM   #16
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Low sales is usually high margin...

There isn't the same volume so the margin compensates.
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 03:15 PM   #17
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The round concept doesn't quite work that way. the components would be ultra specialized in a model like this. It would lack any thermal core(a major reason for the new mac pro design). The mac pro's components fit in the new pro because they're sitting vertically. Your concept would likely result in a larger mac mini.
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Old Jul 27, 2013, 05:05 AM   #18
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I know this is just a photoshopped Mac Pro but I thought it would be cool to look at a Mac mini in the same format - as I'd imagine that is the route Apple is going to take.
I'd buy one if it didn't come with the integrated 5000 Intel graphics, hell if i could get a current mini with a 650m or 660 processor found in a Mac Book Pro 15in i would be sold on it even if it cost 1199...
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Old Jul 27, 2013, 05:09 PM   #19
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It could be called the iDon'tLikeIt

Seems like the Mini is just fine the way it is to me.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 12:12 PM   #20
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The round concept doesn't quite work that way. the components would be ultra specialized in a model like this. It would lack any thermal core(a major reason for the new mac pro design). The mac pro's components fit in the new pro because they're sitting vertically. Your concept would likely result in a larger mac mini.
Like you say, its doable with a slightly larger Mini. And there is some recent precedence for products getting larger, like the new AirPort Extreme.

Let's say this Mini Concept is 4" tall, with a shorter (~3") thermal core. On one side of the core we have RAM laid vertically and a PCI-E SSD. SoDIMMs are about 2.66" in length, and they'd be stacked like most SoDIMM layouts so there would be room next to them for the SSD. On another side of the core there's the CPU with Iris Pro 5200, so no need for discrete GPU. The third side could back against the integrated PSU. The same fan as the Pro could sit on top and run at a lower RPM and the core would provide heat dissipation far greater than the current Mini. It would be about 65% larger in volume than the current Mini, with a smaller footprint...I'd buy one in a second.

One could also reason that the Mac Pro, being a halo product, would have its design language trickle down to the rest of the lineups. Maybe not in the same year, but it would be cool to see in the next year or so.
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Old Jul 28, 2013, 12:45 PM   #21
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Very nice. Compact and easy to transport. On flights or road trips you can sit on it to ease the discomfort from sitting for long periods.
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Old Jul 31, 2013, 11:11 PM   #22
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Another idea, instead of the short ring-like one in the picture, could be to make the new Mac Mini a scaled-down/silver version of the Mac Pro. Obviously with lesser specs, but it'd be nice if they added a dedicated graphics card. Also, mimicking the Pro's design, the unified thermal core could really help improve performance.
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 03:25 AM   #23
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I think the chance they drop dedicated graphics on the iMac is higher than that Apple will add it again to the Mini. Everything will be SOC in the future. Face it. Even the XBOX 1 and PS4 run on socs nowadays, but those have a bias towards GPU power instead of CPU power. Guess the PS4 will be my next OSX running XBMC/Game mac.
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Old Aug 7, 2013, 11:11 AM   #24
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Unless you can find a round hard drive and RAM this won't work.
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Unless you can find a round hard drive and RAM this won't work.
Why wouldn't it work?

The outer case of the new Mac pro is round but the interior is a triangle.

It could be done and the logic board on the mini is quite small.
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