Which "mini"?: naming conventions

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bjm2660, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    Officially, Apple makes a Mac Mini and an iPad mini.

    Prior to the release of the new iPad mini, the Mac Mini was often shortened to just "mini" in casual conversation.

    Now, for many forum users, "mini" now connotes the smaller form factor iPad.

    When will these naming conventions sort themselves out? Which product deserves the shorthand "mini" moniker?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
  3. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Apple naming conventions are bizarre. Period.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    I would just call it the imini.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    iTouch, iShuffle, iNano, iAirport, iPro, iAir

    Fits perfectly
  6. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
    I don't see that there is a problem. There are different forums and usually context of conversation to sort things out.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Exactly, people won't come to the Mac Mini forum and discuss the iPad Mini, and vice versa. If in context of Mac/computers they will be talking about the Mac Mini and when discussing iOS devices it will be the iPad Mini.

    I'm not even sure why this is really an issue to discuss? There are many items in this world that have the same name and/or nick name that we can sort out by the context of the discussion and do not need further clarification. If a buddy and I are talking about computers and I mention Apple, he doesn't think I am talking about something I eat right? If we are discussing a book and I use the term "text", I am sure the person I am discussing it with understands I am talking about words on a page (as in the 'text of the book') and not that I am somehow sending/receiving a Text message.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    The MacMini was first, and will be last. So use Mini for the desktop.
    The iPad Mini is a temporary anomaly, as the iPad and iPhone will collide in 2-3 years around 6-7 inch and will be called iPhone or iPad or iNote. Apple hates the Samsung Galaxy Note, yet they move both personal computer products silently to Note-size proportions.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009

    That is one massive iPhone and something I hope Apple does NOT do.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    You've stated some silly things (most recently how Haswell will run hotter than Ivy Bridge since it isn't a die shrink), but this is probably tops. Why would Apple make a 6-7" phone? Apple will let Android win the "size" wars and win in usability, pocket-ability, etc. If Apple wanted to make a 6-7" device, they would have made the iPad Mini the same size as all the other "small" Android Tablets.

    Edit: Most likely the iPad Mini will outlive the Mac Mini with the PC market's dwindling desktop market (and the mini is already one of their lowest selling and smallest margin computer products).
  11. macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2012
    What about the iPod mini?
  12. blanka, Dec 18, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012

    macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    WAS, not IS. Mini-sales are eating into all other product lines right as we speak.

    And what is wrong with a 7 inch phone? The thing that is wrong is that you still dial a friggin 10 digit number you can't remember and hold the thing to your ear cause stupid operators still are on dope called "calling-minutes". THAT is the STUPID part. Not the 7 inch phone. As soon as somebody kills the phone number (I'm afraid Mark Sugarmountain has to do it as he has 1 billion usernames that could replace numbers), you will understand the race to bigger driven by Samsung, and Apple playing catch-up.
  13. macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2012
    Try putting a 7-inch phone in your pocket, and still tell me it's a good idea.
  14. macrumors G3

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the lens, UK
    i have an iMaxi so I'm not sure!
  15. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Thank you! Couldn't have said it any better....


    Not all of us are 16 year old boys wear JNCO's (or whatever the giant jeans with huge pockets of today are).... Remember, Apple caters to a different audience than Android. Apple wants those who "can afford Apple" which generally means professionals who wear appropriate sized pants.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2012
    Wouldn't be surprised if one day Apple named a product this:


    Quick, someone patent it!

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