In case you have not noticed, today there is exactly one machine in the whole lineup with an i7 quad core cpu: it is an upgrade to the 21-inch iMac. I think it is not a good idea to hold your breath waiting for something good in the next rev of the mini if there is one. As an example of how screwed up Apple is, I visited my local Apple store the other day. There were lots of tables with watches that not many people were looking at, and a whole bunch of people in the back waiting at the genius bar to fix various kinds of mostly hand-held devices. The salespeople are friendly if you make an appointment with the greeter to talk to someone. The person suggested a 1.4GHz mini with 8GB and a 5k rpm disk drive. When I asked "what can you do with that?" they looked puzzled.