Apple's newish hire Angela Ahrendts ( head of retail ) who came from a company that retail cashmere scarves from £300 - £900 so it is no surprise that the mini has been gimped. It seems that quad core is now a luxury as you have to buy either a Mac Pro starting at £2499.00 or 15" rMBP at £1599 or a 21" iMac at £1759. I have also noticed that decent dedicated graphics is now a luxury at Apple. Memory ? again another luxury from Apple since almost everything is now soldered, I expect that the 27 inch iMac will soon follow. So I have now sold off my 2012 Classic MacBook Pro and am now looking for a buyer for my Thunderbolt Display. I do like OS X, and I'm lucky enough to be able to build a good hackintosh, so that's what I plan to do. There was no need for the memory to be soldered into the 2014 mini ( I did plan to purchase the i7 ) I do think that this is planned obsolescence, extreme profiteering and not very green and wonder how long Apples business practices will last. What are your thoughts on Apple ?