Mac Mini 2010 Predictions

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  1. adammjenkins macrumors member

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    The updates to the Mac Mini usually seem modest due to its consumer rather than professional target market. Anyone feel like weighing in with their predictions for the next update? The obvious answer is that it will see a spec bump, but any predictions on design or processor changes?
     
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    Low-end

    2.4GHz C2D
    2GB DDR3
    320M graphics with 256MB of shared DDR3
    250GB HD

    High-end

    2.66GHz C2D
    4GB DDR3
    320M graphics with 256MB of shared DDR3
    320GB HD

    It won't be a major update...
     
  3. miniroll32 macrumors 6502a

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  4. -SD- macrumors 6502

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    I don't see why the top end Mini couldn't get a 330M with its own 256/512MB of memory as an option. Maybe towards the end of the year after all the iMacs have had a spec bump.

    :apple:
     
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    Mini has never had a dedicated GPU, that's why. I would love to see one with, but when looking at the past, it feels unrealistic :( It used crappy Intel GPU for YEARS, so even 9400M was a huge bump, let alone what 320M will be
     
  6. wisty macrumors regular

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    MacMini has generally been very similar to the white plastic MacBook in terms of specs.
     
  7. -SD- macrumors 6502

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    I'm aware the Mini has never had a dedicated GPU, and it really is terrible that Apple limit their product line in such a way. There's absolutely no reason why the Mini couldn't be given a decent GPU especially with all this attention Steam has been getting.

    For the record, I totally agree with your spec predictions. I'm almost sure that's what we'll get and it's a shame.

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  8. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    Replace the HD with an SSD and replace the optical drive with a large fast HD and you would have a pretty capable desktop computer. It would even be decent ghetto video editor.
     
  9. TennisandMusic

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    Seems like they could do so much with the mini if they removed the stupid super drive and made it an external option. I don't really trust Apple to do much cool with it though.
     
  10. -SD- macrumors 6502

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    That would be awesome. It wouldn't surprise me though if the Mini eventually did loose its Super Drive. Apple doesn't seem to be the biggest fan of optical media and the Mini Server does look very nice.

    :apple:
     
  11. speedwaygirl macrumors member

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    Agreed. I would much rather have the extra hard drive space and use an external optical drive when necessary!
     
  12. mikezang macrumors 6502a

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    When the new Mac mini will be released? I bought it today, May I have to wait for new one? though it is to late:)
     
  13. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I must say, the alleged "Super Drive" is a load of old crap. It's noisy, and very slow.

    I could live without it, quite happily.
     
  14. belltree macrumors 6502

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    My bet is the new Mini will be released by end of June at the latest. I am forecating the below:

    CPU - Core i5
    GPU - 330M 256MB *edit (thanks for pointing out the obvious miss on my part, flopticalcube!!)
    RAM - 2GB standard (4GB, 8GB options)
    HDD - 320GB standard (640GB option)

    No new case or ports (USB 3.0 won't appear on Macs until Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 :( IMO)
     
  15. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    i5 cannot be used with a 320m. The 320m is integrated with the logic chipset and needs an external memory controller to allow shared access to the RAM. The i5 has the memory controller (and its own crappy GPU) onboard. The two cannot be used together and Apple would have to go for a discrete video chip like the 330M which it won't do because that would place the mini above the 13" MBP (both GPU and CPU-wise).
     
  16. Jarooda macrumors member

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    Actually it used to always have a dedicated GPU. It wasn't until the intel Mac Mini's came out that they switched to using integrated options.
     
  17. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yeah but it used AGP and they were worse than the integrated Intels. They were low-end dedicated ones anyway. Apple could use 305M which is dedicated but as slow as 9400M so it's 1-1 situation. Mini just cant be better than low-end iMac plus it has followed 13" MB and MBP in last updates
     
  18. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Look at the MacBook. Boom. The mini has always followed in the footsteps of the MacBook, and the iBook before it.
     
  19. MacSA macrumors 68000

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    And for UK customers, there will be a price increase - I think it will cost £549 for the low end model. When the G4 Mini fist arrived, it sold for £339:(
     
  20. AAPLaday Guest

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    Probably best to pick up a refurb at that price
     
  21. archipellago macrumors 65816

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    Mac Mini

    Apple's no-frills desktop just got a spec increase and added a server model in late October. It shouldn't be getting any more updates any time soon, which is a shame, because it's still not a very competitive product for the price.
    Recommendation: DON'T BUY unless you insist on Apple, even when it flies in the face of all logic


    still the most relevant quote (from gizmodo) on all mini related buying discussions.. ;)
     
  22. AAPLaday Guest

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    The White MacBook was updated recently
     
  23. mrwonkers macrumors 6502

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    Mac Mini - Superheroes of Silcon Special Edition

    My prediction is as follows

    2010 Mac Mini - Zune Brown Polycarbonate - Scratch N Sniff Scent of Steve Balmer Edition

    The new mac mini will receive a minor speed bump but will be released in iConical brown plastic', this edition will outsell all other macs combined. I know I'll pre-order one for each room in my kabana beach house.

    I really am looking forward to this odiforous offering once you've had a scratch n sniff mini you'll never go back
     

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  24. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    Back in 2005 (and for the first two months of 2006), the Mac mini had an ATi Radeon 9200 connected via AGP. The first couple of revs came with 32MB, but the last rev of the high end model came with 64MB (and supported Core Image :eek:) right before it was phased out for the Intel mini. Ever since then, the mini had integrated graphics.
     

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