- May 10, 2008
Tim just took the stage at WWDC to talk about the Mac, and the mini was absent.
R.I.P. Mac mini
R.I.P. Mac mini
I wouldn't say that; it's a developer conference after all, and there's a lot of exciting stuff for OS X and iOS, though as usual I'm more interested in all the extra goodies they don't mention on stage, low level system features and other APIs, gonna be interesting to see once the advanced features section for Yosemite pops up.Worst keynote ever...worse than the grip of death 20 minute keynote
Apple loves to tell us what we want. They may have intended the Mini to entice non-Apple computer users over but the type of people that want a Mini is greater than that niche. What a shame Apple is incapable of exploring opportunities with this little machine and realizing a slightly more powerful model would fill the hole left by the Mac Pro (pricing) for people who need a bit less than a Mac Pro and a bit more than the screen of the iMac. Having had all three, I use a Mac Mini for lesser graphic work along with a superior screen to the iMac (NEC PA series) for graphic/photo work.I wouldn't say that; it's a developer conference after all, and there's a lot of exciting stuff for OS X and iOS, though as usual I'm more interested in all the extra goodies they don't mention on stage, low level system features and other APIs, gonna be interesting to see once the advanced features section for Yosemite pops up.
I am bummed at the lack of hardware though; I was really hoping they had a cool new Mac Mini to show off and that that was why it has been delayed. This to me means they're almost definitely waiting for Broadwell, which means we're stuck till later this year, which is very disappointing as I want a new machine, but the current Mac Mini is just a tiny bit short of what I need (and no, I don't want a machine with a built in screen).
I definitely don't think the Mac Mini is dead though; small desktops are pretty active at the moment, and Apple already has one, all they have to do is update it, maybe make it a bit more attractive to new customers (e.g - have a cheaper low-end model). Especially with this big Continuity feature in both OS X.10 and iOS 8, as it means that having a desktop alongside your iPhone or iPad is more useful than ever.
Mistaken. A few past WWDC's did show some hardware. Not all, but some of themI know a lot of people were upset about no new mini been announced but unlike past WWDC's this was purely a software event. There was no hardware announced at all. As far as I read it new hardware updates will be announced when the latest versions of OS X and iOS are available. Seems simple - announce new software in summer, release it in fall along with new hardware.
I think the mini will be updated as it makes sense to do so as an entry point Mac, but we won't see it for around 4 months.