Apple CEO Tim Cook: Mac Mini Will Be 'Important Part' of Future Product Lineup

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's Mac mini celebrated its third birthday this week, marking three years since the device was last updated. The lack of attention Apple has given to the Mac mini has left many Mac users wondering about the future of the machine and whether there are updates to come.

    MacRumors reader Krar decided to email Apple CEO Tim Cook to get an update on the Mac mini and he received a response. Cook said it was "not time to share any details," but he confirmed that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company's product lineup in the future.


    Cook's response echoes a similar statement from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who commented on the Mac mini when Apple's plans for a new Mac Pro were unveiled. "The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren't bringing it up because it's more of a mix of consumer with some pro use," he said.

    Positioned as a "bring your own peripherals" machine that comes without a mouse, keyboard, or display, the Mac mini is Apple's most affordable desktop machine. The current version is woefully outdated though, and continues to use Haswell processors and integrated Intel HD 5000/Intel Iris Graphics.


    It's not clear when Apple will introduce a new Mac mini, and aside from a single rumor hinting at a new high-end Mac mini with a redesign that "won't be so mini anymore," we've heard no rumors about work on a possible Mac mini refresh.

    With 2017 coming to a close, we're not likely to see a new Mac mini until 2018 at the earliest. A refreshed machine could use Kaby Lake Refresh chips, and as all chips appropriate for the Mac mini feature four cores, a new machine would likely reintroduce quad-core performance.

    Article Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook: Mac Mini Will Be 'Important Part' of Future Product Lineup
  2. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    This is undeniably truth that the Mac mini is almost certainly coming.

    Keep hope alive people!
  3. Appleaker, Oct 19, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2017

    Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    As I said in a post the other day and many times in the past.

    I hope this is the evidence needed for the countless people that are insistent on the idea that Apple have axed it.

    Anyway, the shock here is the fact that Tim Cook said it to a customer, which is unexpected.

    2018 will be an exciting year for Macs.
  4. Mayo86, Oct 19, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2017

    Mayo86 macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2016
    It's aliiiiiiive!

    Now we just need to see it!
  5. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    I'll believe it when I see it.
  6. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004

    Unusually long delay suggests Mac mini is getting a major redesign.

    Perhaps Mac mini will be released alongside new Mac Pro.
  7. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Get ready to buy watch bands for your new Mac mini.
  8. nikko1423 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2012
  9. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    That person should've added a picture of the Mac Mini to the email for reference...I always get the feeling like they're thinking of something else.
  10. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    Not sure or not to be worried that he didn’t use the “pipeline” in his response...

    Apparently there’s quite a blockage in the Mac oriented product pipeline coming out of Apple.
  11. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    My 2011 is still going. The only thing it really won't do well is full 4k playback. Installed SSD, 16G RAM and thats it. I would like to see a new one in the future but too bad they removed the ability to upgrade down the road on the newer versions.
  12. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Three years is unusually long for an unusually long unusually long delay.
  13. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
    About friggin' time some info came out.

    That's unusual.
  14. tophr macrumors newbie


    Oct 17, 2016
    quick, someone photoshop a space grey cube mac mini pro
  15. Geeky Chimp macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2015
    This guy got lucky to get a response. Several of my colleagues have tried several times to no avail. Maybe the new Mac mini is coming? ...
  16. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    It has not been for the last 3 years. So why would we believe that now?
  17. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    The delay was a culmination of things, not just a redesign, but I agree.
  18. BigRed1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2011
    Can they just rerelease the 2012 version and call it a day?
  19. Red Oak macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    Holy cow! Tripped on my parent’s stairs running up from the basement on the news!!

    Going to scrap the Avocado Toast and save up!!
  20. nvmls macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2011
    Sure Tim, after that macbook fiasco, watch us switch while you blow more smoke.
  21. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Remember. Just because you say something is true, doesn't mean its true because reality states different.

    Mac Mini is important? 3 years of no updating it?

    I will believe this when I see it.
  22. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    For the last 3 years it’s been people like me saying it (realistically for 1-2 years given the refresh cycle), now you have the news from the CEO of Apple and you still don’t believe it?
  23. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    “The Mac Mini is very important to us. We need to have at least one product that’s not been updated for three years in our lineup.”
  24. skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    This is news I like to hear. Don't and never have owned one, but I still like them. Hopefully they don't maintain their "gimp it more" strategy.
  25. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Looking forward to grabbing the new one when it's announced.

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