any chance the new mac mini 2012 will be cheaper?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Che Castro, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    like $500 instead of $600

    or maybe offer one with a smaller drive for less money
    like they do with ipads & iphones
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Nothing is impossible, but it's not likely.
  3. nsfw macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2009
    one of the best ways to save a few bucks is wait until the refurbished units show up on the apple store. they are as good as new.
    i even waited until they showed up on cowboom. $399 after 6 months.
  4. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Especially outside of the US
  5. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    a price cut would certainly be welcome, but HIGHLY unlikely :(
  6. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Yes. Or no.

    Or, no one really has any idea, which is probably the most accurate answer :)
  7. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    In Europe, it's probably gonna be at least 100€ more expensive 'cos of their weird price calculations recently ... In the US, I don't believe they will make them cheaper. While there are much more powerful computers out there for 600, the Mini uses all Notebook parts which are still more expensive than their desktop counterparts. For example, the CPUs Apple usually uses in their base Mac Minis cost about 229 USD from Intel.
  8. iDemiurge macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2011
    I don't know if the standard config will be cheaper, but I sure hope the SSD upgrade will. Right now the price is just insane...
  9. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    Yeah the SSD upgrade should fall in price and possibly they might use a little faster SSDs too. They should start offering a 16GB (2x8GB) RAM upgrade. The prices have fallen sufficiently now that they should be able to offer that.
  10. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Guess it will be the same.
    On one side, they will be cheaper off, as they dump the Radeon, the HD and a couple of cubic inches of aluminium, on the other hand, it will be soldered SSD by default, and 128Gb of that is still more expensive than a 500Gb HD, and it sells better, so they will keep it at 599 I guess.


    And you thought Apple pays that? :D
    Have a look at Wikipedia listings with processors. For each mobile processor, there is a desktop equivalent with the same speed, the same die size etc, but costing less than half. You can read that, Apple knows it, so they pay desktop prizes. Don't worry.
  11. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    First off, there are a few key differences between mobile and desktop chips. For example, power usage and power (yeah, the desktop equivalents are faster). And yeah, if you buy millions, you pay much less - but even then, they use the regular price (per 1000 pieces) to argue their resell price is right, so no reason for them to stop ripping us ...
  12. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No way if Apple is going to make it current -- add Ivy Bridge and USB 3.
  13. Kryptik.Kode macrumors member


    Mar 8, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
  14. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    According to Apples currency conversion this year, it will be much more expensive in Europe. Although it doesn't seem to be as bad with Macs as with iPhones and iPods.
  15. theRAMman macrumors regular

    May 6, 2012
    The Moon.
    does 'in europe' apply to the UK aswell, since we dont use euroes
  16. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    Of course I can only speak for the euro zone, but aren't Apple products more expensive in the UK too?
  17. theRAMman macrumors regular

    May 6, 2012
    The Moon.
    im not sure on the conversion rates, but the current Mac Mini costs £529-$599. Im not sure how that works out :p
  18. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I guess...

    My educated guess is the price depends in the components: SSD over HDD, discrete graphics over shared one, type of ports (Thunderbolt over Firewire) and so on....:apple:
  19. YanniDepp, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012

    YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Yes. Here's a simple comparison for a few Apple products.

    All prices below are in USD. US prices are often shown without sales tax, whereas in the UK and Europe they're included in the shown price.

    I've shown UK prices, and I'm basing the EU prices on Germany.The UK has a 20% sales tax (VAT) and Germany has 19% (Mehrwertsteuer).

    Mac mini:
    $599 US
    $705 UK excluding tax
    $846 UK with tax
    $645 EU excluding tax
    $779 EU including tax

    Apple TV:
    $99 US
    $131 UK excluding tax
    $158 UK with tax
    $119 EU excuding tax
    $142 EU with tax

    iPod nano:
    $149 US
    $171 UK excluding tax
    $206 UK with tax
    $184 EU excluding tax
    $220 EU with tax

    MacBook Pro with Retina Display:
    $2199 US
    $2399 UK excluding tax
    $2879 UK with tax
    $2494 EU excluding tax
    $2969 EU with tax

    Base MacBook Air:
    $999 US
    $1132 UK excluding tax
    $1359 UK with tax
    $1147 EU excluding tax
    $1366 EU with tax

    16GB 'The new iPad' 3G:
    $629 US
    $664 UK excluding tax
    $797 UK with tax
    $655 EU excluding tax
    $780 EU with tax
  20. cyclotron451 macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2005
    I actually bought a Applestore US refurb AppleTV 2, had it delivered to my virtual US address - bundlebox or something like that, then shipped it to EU, paid all taxes (including 21%VAT) and I profited by getting it cheaper than from the Applestore EU. I got Amazon to throw-in a US refurb Kindle and I think I saved around $30 on the total deal, but I had much more fun and proved it could be done!

    I don't know that I'd try this with a 27" iMac from US refurb, but MacMini might work out cheaper! Globalisation can sometimes work out for the rest of us...
  21. Omnius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012

    Prices in the US are shown without sales tax because sales tax isn't a federal thing here. Many people just make big purchases in tax free states where it makes financial sense. Delaware is the most prominent.
  22. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    If you wanted to, I think you could make a $499 Mini using a core i3-3110M. It's still two cores, four threads. It still can handle 32 GB of RAM and has Intel HD 4000 graphics.

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