Mac mini CPUs past, present, and future

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by guerrillamac, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. guerrillamac macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    I have been wanting to purchase a Mac mini. Badly. For years. With the March 2009 update, I got very close. However I worry the 2.0GHz will be easily confused (aka more difficult to search for parts, resell, etc) with the older 2.0GHz model.

    Thus I have been gauging the past, present, and possible future CPUs of Mac mini, in hopes that the next revision is not far.

    Below is some research.

    What are your timeline guesses for the next Mac mini revision?

  2. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    I think the next update will be in 2010. It would use Arrandale or a higher-clocked Penryn if Apple wants to use last-gen technology (which I wouldn't be surprised if they did).

    For Penryn, I think the speeds will be bumped to 2.17/2.4 GHz or something similar.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Or it will take them another 2 years to update. :p
  4. Cboss macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2008
    The mini isn't something that Apple upgrades often. Since it was just updated I think this is the best time you could ever get a mini. If you want it now then you should get it. Just think of how long you'll have to enjoy it before the next revision.
  5. guerrillamac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    That is great advice, Cboss. I agree in spirit but can't quite pull the trigger.
    I'll read your post a couple more times and try to muster up.

    If there isn't a new Mac mini with Snow Leopard, I'll look for a 2.26GHz on craigslist.
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Good luck trying to find one. Get a base model, ram the ram and put in a 7200 rpm hard drive. Done and done.
  7. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Just get the 2 ghz, your reasons not to are absolutely ridiculous.

    And you'll never notice the 0.2 increase in GHz unless you count every second when encoding in Handbrake.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Given apple's track record for updating the mini, I'd say that estimate is overly ambitious. They just updated it, and I don't expect to see anything from apple on the mini until 2011 at the earliest. The mini while popular has such thin profit margins and if they update it too much could impact iMac sales. So much so they let the mini sit there for seemingly years on end before they update the puppy.
  9. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    Since Intel, significant updates happened at about one and a half years apart. That would put an update in mid-late 2010.
  10. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    By summer the new minis should be showing up in Apple's refurb section.
  11. guerrillamac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    Mac mini, Apple's sentinel!

    With the WWDC announcements the Macbooks have been following the cpu upgrade path (bumped all the way to 2.8), but alas the dear mini remains staid and loyal.
    Maybe Apple doesn't want to cast shadows on the minimal cpu specs of the Air?

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