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2019 Refresh?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 10, 2018
With the Macbook Pro & Air recently receiving subtle refreshes, what's the likelihood of Apple doing the same with the 2018 Mac mini? I want to buy the base i3 Mac mini but if a possible refresh is around the corner in just a few months, surely it'd be smart to wait it out? Could Apple add 9th gen processors to the Mac mini?


macrumors 6502a
Mar 7, 2012
They might do, or they might not.

Ask yourself whether you need that tiny little bit of extra CPU power and that should determine if you want to wait it out.

There won’t be a redesign, there won’t be a new iGPU. Sure they might fix a couple of the bugs you can read about here - but you’ll also be risking the possibility of new bugs with any ‘new’ model.


macrumors regular
Jun 16, 2009
Our school does a great discount sale for faculty/staff beyond the normal edu discount, in November. I'm hoping for a refresh, something that will help eliminate lag for 4k monitors.
Otherwise, I'm hoping for an iMac redesign (unlikely), because this November is new hardware time. Currently using a 2013 MBP connected to a 4k 32" and 1080 24".


macrumors 68000
Jan 18, 2008
Hawaii, USA
All we can really go off of is history, and that makes the answer to be "very unlikely."

The iMac and MacBook Pro lines have always received the most attention from Apple, whereas the Mac mini went so long without a refresh that many of us were wondering if the line had been discontinued. It was a delay in receiving updates for four years up until 2018 - and even then, the refresh at 2014 was seemingly a downgrade compared to the 2012 Mac mini!

Even aside from the release history, Apple are releasing their new Mac Pro this autumn. While the Mac mini and Mac Pro are arguably two very different machines targeted at two very different user groups, the expandability brought about by external GPUs has led some to call the Mac mini a "mini Mac Pro" - which is to say that there is more overlap between the user groups than might appear at first glance, and it's unlikely that Apple would do anything that would draw attention away from the Mac Pro's debut.

Granted, we could be surprised. Apple has made remarks in the past about returning focus to the Mac lines, and the shakeup in designers was possibly responsible for some of the delays that we saw in updating the Mac lines. I'd be thrilled if Apple updated their Macs a bit more often than they have in recent years, but I wouldn't expect it. Whether silent or not, if the next update to the Mac mini occurs in the next 2-3 years, I'd say Apple are largely on track with what they've been doing.
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macrumors 65816
Mar 16, 2011
I have a 4k monitor with my mini. I had it set to show 100% for months and now it is set to 1.5. Where is this lag supposed to show - because other than watching youtube with 8gb ram, there was none. Now that I hae 32gb ram it’s pretty speedy.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 14, 2008
I think we'll be surprised and see a 2019 Mac mini refresh, the main reason being USB4 (Thunderbolt over USB), also here's a risky prediction, the iMac and Mac mini will be the first to use all AMD hardware!


macrumors 6502a
Aug 27, 2006
I think we'll be surprised and see a 2019 Mac mini refresh, the main reason being USB4 (Thunderbolt over USB), also here's a risky prediction, the iMac and Mac mini will be the first to use all AMD hardware!
I'd buy an AMD Mini in a minute but I have the feeling that it will be an Apple processor version instead.
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macrumors 6502a
Mar 11, 2015
There will not be a refresh until 2020 at the absolute earliest (and even that is highly unlikely).
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