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macrumors regular
Original poster
Jan 20, 2013
So here's a random thought that I wanted to ask opinions about. With USB-C able to handle power and display, how would you guys feel about a miniaturized Mac Mini, think roughly the shape of an iPhone, with just 1 USB-C port. You'd get something somewhat like a RaspBerry Pi. Would be easy to stack multiple of em if you need to, but not sure about heat dissipation :)

Want? Don't want?


Staff member
Feb 21, 2012
New Jersey Pine Barrens
There was another thread on pretty much the same topic before. Personally it wouldn't interest me, I have something plugged into every port of my 2012 quad mini. I suppose it could be done with a USB-C dock, but that defeats the point of a small, cheap computer.

But why not go one step further? Why make an "iPhone-shaped" Mini at all? Just put a full version of MacOSX on a real iPhone that could be connected to external peripherals? It could be an app that you purchase separately if you want it. I think the current phone CPU's are already in the laptop class and they are available with large fast SSD's. I guess RAM might be an issue? But there are rumors about Apple switching to their own ARM chips in their laptops and desktops.

Regardless, I wouldn't be interest.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 28, 2016
how would you guys feel about a miniaturized Mac Min

How about this:

An aluminum square the size of a VESA 100x100 mount, with a hole in each corner. The holes come with removable push in feet - or maybe the feet also are hollow. Around the edges: Two USB-C/TB3 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, audio in/out, and a power button. Inside: Intel Y-series fanless CPU, SSD, and soldered LPDDR3 RAM. The small dimensions mean that the internals need to be stacked, hence the SSD will be socketed. For the coup de grâce, the access cover opening is in the shape of the Apple logo.
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