We're in for what Apple thinks we need, vice what it is we're telling Apple we want.I'm thinking it will be 256GB SSD, Iris graphics, smaller with some ports eliminated.
I'd be really upset with 128 GB SSD... out of curiosity, why would you want anything less than a terabyte in a desktop machine? Especially since with a fusion drive you interact the directly with the SSD for most of your tasks.- 128 GB SSD in base model (it's a must on this era)
- Haswell i5 processor
- ac wifi
- 8 GB RAM (upgradable to 16)
- intel iris GPU
- similar form factor
- dual core with Iris, configurable to quad core with Iris Pro (I really hope they do this, I'd like a discrete GPU, something like a 860M but that most likely won't happen)
- 128/256GB SSD, configurable up to 1TB
- 8GB RAM, configurable up to 16GB
- 2x TB ports
- 4x USB 3 ports
- SD slot
- HDMI maybe? TB port can be used as mDP but then 15" rMBP has a HDMI port
These seems reasonable.
i think this comes really close!I'm going to weigh in with this;
The 2014 mini is essentially the same as the 2012 with the exception of the appropriate Haswell CPU/GPU upgrade. Graphics will be Iris, not Iris pro. A 500GB SSD will be available but the base storage will remain a 1TB 5400RPM HDD.
The back panel may offer one TB2 + FW800 or two TB1 ports. Minimum RAM will remain at 4GB. Prices will also remain the same.
What I would like to see is Iris Pro with an upgrade to the same 1GB VRAM dGPU used in the MBP. Unfortunately that doesn't fit the Apple product profile for the mini.
No way. In most applications, the low profile configuration is the way to go. If they make it 6" or 7" tall, it no longer fits well into the home theater space. We dont need soldered RAM or SSD, again for the home theater application.What I want to see, and hope/think might happen, is a Mac Mini redesigned to look like the new Airport Extreme/Time Capsule. They already fit a decent amount of hardware in the Time Capsule with space left over. They pioneered the thermal core with the Mac Pro, so why not bring that over to the Mini? The current Mac Mini is 83 cu. in. and the Time Capsule is 98 cu. in. Smaller footprint with more internal space. The way they solder everything now there's no reason they couldn't fit processor with integrated graphics, soldered RAM, and a soldered SSD in there. Use the same port configuration as the Time Capsule, except instead of so many ethernet ports have 1 ethernet, 3 USB, and 1 TB2. Radical, small, best of everything. We waited 2 years for a new MP and we got a cylinder. Wait 2 years for a new Mini and we get another cylinder.
True, but how much of a concern is that for Apple? They tend to go for more of a "wow" and "innovation" factor than fitting certain needs. The factories are already setup to make AppleTV and Airports (which are really the same thing with just different heights) that it wouldn't be hard to add Minis to that production line. Plus they would much rather have you buy an AppleTV and rent movies from iTunes than make your own home theatre setup. Even if people stopped buying Minis for home theatre setups the financial impact is so small and they would make much more from iTunes that I seriously doubt they would care. Apple is all about profits, and the small, soldered products is their new trend.No way. In most applications, the low profile configuration is the way to go. If they make it 6" or 7" tall, it no longer fits well into the home theater space. We dont need soldered RAM or SSD, again for the home theater application.
I like that idea too for a complete redesign. My TC fits on my desk way better than my mini. Since the TC holds a real 3.5" HDD it follows that there is plenty of space for a PCIe storage option and two 2.5" SATA 3 slots.What I want to see, and hope/think might happen, is a Mac Mini redesigned to look like the new Airport Extreme/Time Capsule.
It will if it can also be run lying on its side (i.e. in either vertical or horizontal orientation).No way. In most applications, the low profile configuration is the way to go. If they make it 6" or 7" tall, it no longer fits well into the home theater space.