New Mac Mini Concept

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by monaarts, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816

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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.
     

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    I kinda like it ;)

    be a bit of booger to wall mount
     
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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?
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Well, they are already making a donut-shaped campus, so I don't see why not?
     
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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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    well its funny but i dont see a reason why it would need that huge fan.
     
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    For the s"cream" of the Gpu inside:p:D
     
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    Surely boogers are easy to wall mount? Just flick...
     
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    eughhhhhh

    you dirty boy! /SPANK
     
  13. macrumors regular

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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 :apple:
     
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    I'd happily have one of these, looks all space aged!
     
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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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    Uniq:

    Low sales is usually high margin...

    There isn't the same volume so the margin compensates.
     
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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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    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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    It could be called the iDon'tLikeIt :)

    Seems like the Mini is just fine the way it is to me.
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    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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    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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    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.
     
  23. macrumors 68000

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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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    Unless you can find a round hard drive and RAM this won't work.
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    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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