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EvilEvil

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What do you guys think? I really want to get one for mostly Lightroom and Photoshop work. Should I wait until June for any possible updates?
 

Mr. Retrofire

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What do you guys think? I really want to get one for mostly Lightroom and Photoshop work. Should I wait until June for any possible updates?
As far as i know, PS and Lightroom are not optimized for Haswell. A 2.6 GHz QuadCore i7 (Ivy Bridge) should be enough (+ 16 GB RAM (Crucial or Kingston)).
 

philipma1957

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No Haswell cpu has been released minis come after the cpu is released

(most of the time). This means no 2013 mini in JUNE.

Now if you really want to run a lot of video and video work gaming etc is big the 2012 mini is only okay.

If you are more into audio ,net surfing or cpu intensive programs the 2012 quad is great.
 

Fishrrman

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Your estimate of when new Minis will arrive is overly optimistic.

I would not expect them until late this year (4th quarter), or more likely 1st quarter 2014.
 

Lancer

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IMO there will be a Mac Mini (and iMac) update in 2013 but it's hard to say when this is will happen.

Best advice is if you don't 'need' it right now then wait but you could be waiting another 6 months for them.

At the most it's likely to be a modest CPU speed upgrade and not much more, maybe 10% faster. So the best advice is if you want a faster Mini now then get a 27" iMac with i7.
 

blanka

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Mini's have a hardware change update history of about 500 days. In between, only speedbumps. So Haswell is something for early 2014.
 

Santabean2000

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My guess is the mini will be updated at the same time as the MP, and I'm also picking an updated TBD too, (less reflective screen, USB3 and Falcon Ridge).
 
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Vidivici

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IMO there will be a Mac Mini (and iMac) update in 2013 but it's hard to say when this is will happen.

Best advice is if you don't 'need' it right now then wait but you could be waiting another 6 months for them.

At the most it's likely to be a modest CPU speed upgrade and not much more, maybe 10% faster. So the best advice is if you want a faster Mini now then get a 27" iMac with i7.

That's for the most part BS ...
Yes , cpu power will just increase slightly.
And to be fair spoken , the cpu power is sufficient already.


The real advantage will be the GPU power increase !
The Haswell generation will bring much better intel graphics.
And its THAT what most mac mini buyers are waiting for !

Not all of mac users fancy that all glued glossy imac .
Surely not me , next mac will be the mini
 
That's for the most part BS ...
Yes , cpu power will just increase slightly.
And to be fair spoken , the cpu power is sufficient already.


The real advantage will be the GPU power increase !
The Haswell generation will bring much better intel graphics.
And its THAT what most mac mini buyers are waiting for !

Not all of mac users fancy that all glued glossy imac .
Surely not me , next mac will be the mini
Quite agree with you about glossy iMacs, esp re the 21.5" models. Regarding Haswell: I'm hopeful, but as it's down to Apple, I take nothing for granted. Some speculation suggests Haswell will be close to 650M. That'd be impressive. In which case, I'd probably buy it to realize a significant upgrade on my 2011 Mini's HD 6630M.

http://www.techspot.com/news/51307-...graphics-are-on-par-with-geforce-gt-650m.html

However, others are more skeptical, with many suggesting that Apple will almost certainly gimp any major graphical increase for the Mini now until, maybe, at least Haswell's superior successor, the Skylake chipset. Latter probably won't be seen until well into 2014. I feel that the latter scenario seems more likely to play out here.
 

Lancer

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Not all of mac users fancy that all glued glossy imac .
That's why I got Apple Care.

Surely not me , next mac will be the mini

Each to their own, but my point still stands if you need one then get it now. If you can hold off then you are likely in for a more than a 6 month wait for the next model Mac Mini.

I like the Mini and was looking at one but couldn't go past the 27" beauty sitting on my desk. They both have their advantages.

Oh and with the Mini if the trend continues then you might be loosing the FireWire ports on the next update, so you need to take that into account when making a choice.
 

blanka

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Haswell will come in many flavours. With the not-so-big-increase HD4200 to much better Iris Pro 5200 GPU.
But again, think more like January/February.
 

Woyzeck

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I don't expect Apple to bump the GPU power of the Minis significantly, because this would threaten their iMac sales.

Even if Haswell will deliver far better GPUs they'll wait to ship it with the next Minis until the iMac's GPU is again significantly more powerful. This would be a typical marketing-driven move.
 

ToomeyND

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I don't expect Apple to bump the GPU power of the Minis significantly, because this would threaten their iMac sales.

Even if Haswell will deliver far better GPUs they'll wait to ship it with the next Minis until the iMac's GPU is again significantly more powerful. This would be a typical marketing-driven move.

Not that this should be taken without a grain of salt, but wasn't it Jobs who said, "if we don't cannibalize our own products, someone else will."

I know that the laptop line is designed to push spec whores (like me, I'm not trying to offend) toward the 15 rMBP, and that the mini-iMac line tries this as well, but if they don't sell a good desktop, someone will.
 

Bear

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Jul 23, 2002
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What do you guys think? I really want to get one for mostly Lightroom and Photoshop work. Should I wait until June for any possible updates?
Flip a coin? Sometimes they update the Mini at about the same time as the MacBooks and sometimes they wait a few months.

If you need or want it now, get it. if not wait.
 

maflynn

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I could be wrong but apple updates the mini last after the laptops and iMacs. I'd say we may not see haswell based minis for a while. That said if you need one now, get it.
 

MacPrometheus

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I have decided to get a mini this go around instead of a Mac Pro. I will be waiting either way until december so why not wait and see what happens.
 
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