Apple Stops Selling Mac Mini With OS X Server, No Longer Offers 2TB Storage Option

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    Apple today updated the Mac mini, introducing significant upgrades including Haswell processors, Intel HD 5000/Iris graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and PCIe-based flash storage options for the higher-end models.

    Though Apple continues to offer three separate Mac mini options priced at $499, $699, and $999, it does not offer an OS X Server option as it has done in the past. Previously, the high-end Mac mini came with OS X Server and offered two 1TB hard drives for a total of 2TB of storage space.

    Apple's new Mac minis max out at 1TB of storage space, with the high end model coming equipped with a 1TB Fusion Drive or up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage.

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    The Mac mini with Server configuration initially shipped with an OS X Server version of OS X, but later models came with the standard version of OS X and a separate OS X Server package. Later, Apple went on to release OS X Server in the App Store, essentially making the Mac mini with OS X Server obsolete.

    While the new Mac minis can't be expanded to 2TB of storage space, they have two Thunderbolt two ports and four USB 3.0 ports, allowing for plenty of external storage options.

    Apple's new Mac minis are available today from the company's online store, with prices starting at $499.

    Article Link: Apple Stops Selling Mac Mini With OS X Server, No Longer Offers 2TB Storage Option
     
  2. thedeejay macrumors 65816

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    Cue "they got rid of server" and "no more 2TB" complaints:rolleyes:
     
  3. TXCherokee macrumors 6502

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    Despite all the earlier complaints about this being a 'downgrade'. I for one am happy to have the huge (if still integrated) graphics boost and will be ordering it shortly.
     
  4. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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  5. TXCherokee macrumors 6502

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    Not from me. I bought a base 2012 Mac Mini as my first Apple computer and am looking forward to getting a vastly improved machine in the next week or two.
     
  6. centauratlas macrumors 65816

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    The upgrade was nice, but a BTO quad-core option would have been even nicer.
     
  7. longofest Editor emeritus

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    I'm not sure I'd call all of these updates "upgrades" - namely, the processor update and lack of quad core option just sucks.
     
  8. El Hikaru macrumors regular

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    Someone need to tear it down!!
    Mac mini is the last heaven for people who like to take computer apart and upgrade by yourself. Well, the accessibility is limited to memory and two drive bays though. Due to complexity, installing the second drive is highly satisfying.
     
  9. cronin1024 macrumors newbie

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    The biggest disappointment for me is that there is no longer a quad-core option. They're all dual-cores now. :mad:
     
  10. darkslide29 macrumors 65816

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    Wasn't there a quad core option before? Or am I mistaten?

    Edit: yep. That's too bad.
     
  11. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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    The Mini is no longer a hobbyist upgrade and fixit your self machine. Made up now of leftover laptop parts and locked in Apple components and it was the last hold out of old school Macs.
    I will continue to use my 2012 until it dies but next year when Broadwell is available I will go the Hackintosh rout.
    I may return when Skylake makes the Mini or X-Mac appears with it.
    But HD5000 is not going to cut it.
     
  12. cfedu Suspended

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    Vastly superior !! That's funny!!
     
  13. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    The bigger problem is the lack of a Quad-Core option.

    I have a Mac Mini at my church office and use it for video/photo/document editing for them.

    I have been waiting for a Quad-Core w/ Iris 5200 for a while, but there is no point to upgrade from my 2.5 Dual-Core i5 with the ATI card.

    Very disappointing.
     
  14. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816

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    this really makes no sense. 999 is waaaaaay over priced compared to what it replaced.

    499 is a good price, but not for that 1.4Ghz, even the educational 1.4Ghz iMac is overpriced.

    lack of dedicate graphics. this update is very confusing....
     
  15. Tankmaze macrumors 68000

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    Soldered ram. It uses LPDDR3, damn Apple why can't you make this one proudct right. Was planning to buy the entry level and upgrade the ram myself, but nope can't do that :mad:
     
  16. FloatingBones macrumors 65816

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    Is there any reason that OWC couldn't offer a CPU upgrade?

    Any reason to suspect that the quad-core was excluded for thermal issues?
     
  17. reggoboy macrumors member

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    Not only did they kill quad core but there's no longer an i7 option?? They've essentially downgraded this product line about 8 years into the past!

    They're clearly trying to force power users into higher priced alternatives.
     
  18. milo macrumors 604

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    Has that been confirmed? People have been speculating all day, how about doing some actual reporting and finding out if it's soldered or not, MR?
     
  19. WissMAN macrumors regular

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    I like the Mac Mini. Especially with the DVD drive and the upgradable ram. I'm sorry that they soldered in memory; that does make it a little difficult for upgrades.

    Well, the previous maxed version will be my "upgrade" in a couple of years.
     
  20. TXCherokee macrumors 6502

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    How is a 90% improvement in graphics performance, a 40% improvement in CPU performance, and 2x the storage, for the same price I paid two years ago, 'funny'?

    I have a feeling everyone complaining here uses their machines for vastly different purposes then I (for me it's just a desktop computer). And for what I use it for, the update is definitely an upgrade.
     
  21. luigi408 macrumors 6502

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    No Server version and no quad core then it's a no buy for me or the church that we do media for. Would've of bought 3 right away. Was looking forward to this update. What a disappointment.
     
  22. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    Apple isn't making it clear, but
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4432
    Doesn't have the new model listed.
     
  23. farmkittie macrumors 6502

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    Hmmmm....they did rush through the Mac mini part of the presentation. They were't as proud of this I guess. No longer has OS X Server either. End of that era. I miss when we had Xserve rack-mounted boxes and OX S Server running. Back in the Panther days. We had eMacs, iMacs in every fruit-tutti color, and MacBook Pros.
     
  24. Tankmaze macrumors 68000

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    Just google LPDDR3 vs DDR3
     
  25. Nicky G macrumors 6502a

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    I sure hope this is a stopgap release before a significant redesign once Broadwell is ready. No idea why it took this long for a stopgap release...
     

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