mac mini to became a little mobile workstation

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ihabia, May 25, 2007.

  1. ihabia macrumors newbie

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    It's a desire...
    Mac mini will be discontinued... it could become a little mac pro with core quad and 4 GB of ram as option. I know it needs a dedicated motherboard and a new thermal design...
    It should be useful for the people wich use a notebook being always ac connected (home, work, studio) and need more computational power.
    Lets imagine his little bag...
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Dunno who's bag you're thinking about, but I personally can't see a quad core mini on the horizon anytime soon. Ahh well, keep wishing. :)
     
  3. Cormier6083 macrumors regular

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    Eh what you watch on your Macintosh is your business.

    lol, jk. That sounds cool! Take pics if you do build one
     
  4. Vidd macrumors 6502a

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    I've been wondering what it's going to be replaced by if it is actually discontinued.
    I don't think it'll outdo the iMac but it might be somethin that is customisable to the point where it's comparable with extra expandability.
    It might just fulfill the wants of those asking for the "headless" iMac.
     
  5. ihabia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think there is a lack in the mac line up...
    IMac, MacBook and MacBookPro are almost the same machines: core and motherboard are designed for the mobile market where performance per watt and power consuming make the difference.
    MacMini should be a powerful "mobile" computer you can bring wherether you can find ac and a screen. His advantage on notebooks must be in term of performances instead of price... it could acquire dual or quad core Conroe chip, a few GB of ram and a nice gpu.
    It's not easy to fill all that in a little case but apple could catch the challenge.
     
  6. munckee macrumors 65816

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    :confused: With a full line of notebooks, why do we need another mobile-centric design?
     
  7. ihabia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Because notebooks need battery, screen, low bus frequency, mobile chips, little fans and so on.
    We need a powerful easy to carry apple compter. The new macmini!
     
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Steve hates fans.
     
  9. munckee macrumors 65816

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    Uh. Yeah, and what you're asking for needs a monitor, keyboard, mouse, powersupply, etc. I guess I just don't see the draw in a "portable" that doesn't actually allow you to use it unless you happen to be going somewhere with all the extra stuff laying around.

    Not to mention, that the current mini does what you're asking for as well, probably in a far more compact package than something that doesn't still use mobile components.
     
  10. beige matchbox macrumors 6502a

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    Like the old luggables, just needed a mains socket :D

    I think Dell and many others do/did laptops without a battery purely for desktop use
     

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  11. ihabia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The current mini is less than any apple notebook. His advantage is only the price.
    I see the mini as a very little Xserve you can bring everywhere.
    I'm probably the only one who needs it.
     
  12. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

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    This sound like the market which is addressed by other manufacturers with their Desktop-Replacement-Laptops being laptops with large screens, often desktop or the fastest "mobile" chips available and sometimes multiple hard drives. These machines are clearly less portable than any laptop offered by Apple but there are people who want all the power they can get while retaining a little bit of portability. Apple apparently doesn't think this market to them is worth venturing into.
     
  13. Yvan256 macrumors 601

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    What do you call the 17" MacBook Pro then? :eek:
     
  14. 2ndPath macrumors 6502

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    The 17" MacBook Pro has a 17" screen but everything else about it is optimized to be a thin and light portable laptop. The typical desktop replacement notbook uses more desktop like components like faster less energy efficient GPUs for example.
     

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