Apple Classifies 2011 Mac Mini as Obsolete

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    Apple this week added all Mac mini models released in mid 2011 to its public-facing vintage and obsolete products list.

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    Mid 2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and later obtained by MacRumors.

    The distinction means that Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will no longer repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, given over five years have passed since it was last manufactured, except where required by law.

    The only regions exempted include California and Turkey, where customers may still obtain service for up to two additional years.

    Apple repairs and services products for up to five years after they are no longer manufactured, and 2011 Mac mini models have now eclipsed that coverage period after being discontinued in late 2012.

    2011 Mac mini models were the first with a Thunderbolt port, and the first without an optical disc drive for CDs/DVDs.

    It has been over 1,100 days since Apple last refreshed the Mac mini, according to the MacRumors Buyer's Guide. The computer is still powered by Intel's dual-core Haswell processors, now five generations old.

    When Apple announced plans for a modular Mac Pro, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the Mac mini "is an important product" in the company's lineup, but he didn't confirm if a new machine is in the works.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook likewise said the Mac mini will be an "important part" of Apple's product lineup going forward in a recent email.

    Article Link: Apple Classifies 2011 Mac Mini as Obsolete
     
  2. CerebralX macrumors 6502

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    Nearly 7 years old. Can't really complain about that.
     
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    Mine's crawling nowadays... good for storing media but not too much beyond that.
     
  5. gugy macrumors 68030

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    Come on Apple, get your act together. Update the Mini, Mac Pro, iMac and displays now!
     
  6. PaulRustad007 macrumors 6502

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    No! Best machine I still have! I guess High Sierra is the all I can go......
     
  7. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    Hopefully they will update the Mini before the current model becomes obsolete.
     
  8. zkmusa macrumors member

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    I believe Schiller was even more vague. He said the following:

    "On that I'll say 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. … The Mac Mini remains a product in our lineup, but nothing more to say about it today."​
     
  9. Menel macrumors 603

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    It's shame, quad core, dual drive kit with intel SSD, ram upgrade to 8GB. runs really really good. Apple still have no replacement.
     
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    Has it even been updated since 2011? So why not support hardware that's still being sold today?
     
  11. Strelok macrumors 6502a

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    Throw an SSD in there and it should be good as new.
     
  12. jarred125 macrumors 6502a

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    And they never will for this, its allllllll onboard the onboard train. While I love my 2016 Macbook Pro 15 I really despise that even the SSD is soldered in. This stuff drives me insane.
     
  13. Menel macrumors 603

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    Yes, they upgraded it with USB3, and removed the quad core option castrating it.
     
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    I have been waiting for Apple to update the MacMini so I can buy two for my kids. I feel that these are the best options for my needs. Hopefully soon.
     
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    Oh but they will.
     
  17. krause734 macrumors 6502a

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    What is a Mac Mini? I thought they were extinct.
     
  18. Freyqq macrumors 601

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    Yep. Doesn't even support 4k@60hz screens.
     
  19. MacFather macrumors 6502a

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    Late 2014 "upgrade" should be considered a crime.

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  20. madmin macrumors regular

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    It's probably for the best. Apple can't even get their software to run well on current hardware so...
     
  21. sirozha, Dec 4, 2017
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    RAM upgrade to 8 GB? I'm pretty sure it works with 16 GB of RAM.

    Apple has a replacement - it's 2012 Mac Mini. The 2012 model works with Handoff, Universal Clipboard and Instant Hotspot. The 2011 model doesn't support those features. Unfortunately, the 2012 Mac Mini doesn't support unlocking it with an Apple Watch. However, the 2012 Mac Mini supports Metal, whereas the 2011 Mac Mini does not.

    I think the 2011 Mac Mini is still a good device for a server, but no longer for a desktop.
     
  22. adamjackson macrumors 68000

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    Wow. I'm drooling looking at all of those ports. That's amazing.
     
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    I’m sure all Macs will see some upgrades next year given that they are pretty tied up this year with the X.
     
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    It will be another three years before the entire line is obsolete. I would hope that an update will occur before then. They're the only server option Apple has, and they do make great media machines.
     
  25. myrtlebee macrumors 68020

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    So confused ... we have one of these and it got High Sierra - it works just fine - does this mean it won't get the next version of Mac OS next year?
     

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