Mac Mini 2014 crisis

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dogslobber, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. dogslobber macrumors 68030

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    Given the anecdotal evidence that the 2014 Mini CANNOT work with THREE displays without resorting to USB dongles, then exactly what value add does a Mini 2014 have over a 2012 version?

    All things being equal, a 2012 Mini for 450 bucks out of Best Buy is a steal compared to the 2014 version that is crippled by lack of memory upgradability and has a snail paced default processor in the lowest priced version.

    Maybe this is why Apple reduced the price by 100 bucks to 499 bucks.
     
  2. Z8beema macrumors 6502

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    None whatsoever...next question
     
  3. duervo macrumors 68000

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    No advantage. Get a quad core refurb 2012 if you want a mini.

    Side note: I believe that the 2014 mini is a stopgap solution for Apple to continue to offer their customers a mini with recent CPUs (because Intel is only going to be selling the older ones for so long before Apple won't be able to get them anymore.) Combine that with the different logic board being required for the quad core Haswell CPU, it makes sense that Apple would stick to a simpler solution: 1 logic board, lower cost, just for the time being, to give the customers at least something while they continue to develop a newly re-designed mini, assembled in USA (like the new Mac Pro), to be released at a later date.

    They did something similar with the Mac Pro. Gave it a slight CPU refresh, then nothing until the new Mac Pro. The Mac mini is more controversial though, due to the lower performance in the refreshed model. I don't think anybody saw that one coming.

    At any rate, with a company as large as Apple has become, it's impossible to please everyone all of the time. Controversy is bound to happen.
     
  4. patrickdmiller macrumors newbie

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    The only reason I considered it was the ability for it to drive my two 2560x1440 displays. I believe with one thunderbolt port, you could only run one 2560x1440 and the second (on HDMI) was capped at something like 1920x1200
     
  5. Luap macrumors 65816

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    This is considered a "Crisis"??
    lol, whatever next....
     
  6. cinealta macrumors 6502

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    None.
     
  7. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    I'm expecting big things from the "Late 2016" Mac Mini update.
     
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    I have two 1440p monitors that I can finally run with 1 Mini when I finally buy mine.
     
  9. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    At the current rate, it's looking like a single core 800Mhz processor in the 2016 mini.
     
  10. cinealta macrumors 6502

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    Hard drive may be soldered like RAM. 3 Thunderbolt ports but will only support one monitor.
     

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