iPhone-shaped USB-C Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mark-vdw, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. mark-vdw macrumors regular

    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?
  2. Boyd01, Jan 12, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017

    Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    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.
  3. DesertSurfer macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2014
    Between the Sonoran Desert and the Pacific Ocean
    Don't want. Want real mini, asap. Almost certainly.;)
  4. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2016
    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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