New Mac Minis February 4?

Peter S.

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Since my iMac is getting cooling issues, I began to look into a new Mac Mini to replace it. Only to find out that, Apple don’t deliver build-to-order before February 11, so something is probably being updated.

Or that’s what I’m hopping for.
 

watakoola

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Damn! Got my hopes up... my Mac Pro 5.1 finally died last week so I ordered a CTO Mac Mini.
I'd wanted to hold off as long as I could to make the leap as I was wondering if there would be a minor/major change to the Mini.

We'll soon know I suppose...
 

bsbeamer

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Typically a very bad time of year for any BTO orders with shutdowns for Lunar New Year.

B&H has sale on some configs through 1/31. They often clear inventory 3-6 months in advance of a new model, but this markdown is relatively minimal for higher end configs.
 

LeeW

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As noted, pretty standard delivery, this assuming that a long delivery date is related to something new coming needs to stop :)

Besides, the quoted date is usually not the actual delivery date which is often sooner.
 

goodcow

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Last week there just happened to be a refurb with the exact specs (i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) I was looking for and had it delivered next day.
That's the one I originally ordered in December, then an i7, 32GB, 1TB SSD model popped up the next day, so I ordered that one, and cancelled the original order.
 

MrDoh

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Can't see any issues that would make me want to upgrade for some time. Have a 2018 mac mini, 6-core i7, 16GB of memory, SSD, etc. Very fast, don't need more speed. I'm more concerned with the software end though. Had to go back to Mojave after I was seeing the odd beachball on 10.15.2. Thinking about trying 10.15.3, but Mojave is doing so well, not sure I want to take the chance.
 
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Like MrDoh, I'm still perfectly happy with my Late 2018 Mini. I only wish that it had better integrated graphics. For my needs, an eGPU would be overkill, but for things like Photoshop, it'd be nice to have something better than the UHD 630.
Yep, I'm hoping someone designs an eGPU in the Mac Mini form factor using the Radeon Pro 5300M or 5500M from the 16" MBP.
 
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Peter S.

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Well, since it seems unlikely that Apple will present a new Mac Mini, any time soon. I've upgraded my 27" iMac (late 2014) with an external Thunderbolt Razer Core X box incl. a PowerColor AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card. And when that time comes, when I need to upgrade, the box will fit nicely with what ever new Mac I choose.
 
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Dameatball

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Since my iMac is getting cooling issues, I began to look into a new Mac Mini to replace it. Only to find out that, Apple don’t deliver build-to-order before February 11, so something is probably being updated.

Or that’s what I’m hopping for.
Mine took longer than that. Pretty sure it’s normal.

Also we won’t see a new mini for awhile Unfortunately.
 

Sebski

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Something interested I spotted today. I'm planning to get a build-to-order Mac Mini with i7 processor. I went to Apple Store Covent Garden in London earlier this evening, mainly to have a look at Mac Pro. I was surprised seeing only one Mac Mini on a display, sitting next to iMac Pro, not even connected to any screen. I asked member of staff and I was told "Mac Mini is overthere connected to iMac Pro". "It definitely isn't connected" - I responded. They went to check and confirmed that it wasn't connected. "Hmm, someone probably took the cable" - they added. I didn't say anything. I left the store and went to Regent Street. And guess what... the same story happened there! Again: Mac Mini next to iMac (this time not even iMac Pro), not connected to any screen, staff have no idea why and what happened.

Could this be a sign of updates behind the corner or perhaps Apple is trying to show and sell more expensive iMacs and now Mac Pro + their new display?

I remember few months ago, before Mac Pro, I found couple of Mac Minis connected to LG screens.

Not sure if I should place my order or wait.
 

bsbeamer

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iMac Pro does not support target display mode, so it's not just a missing cable.
 

LeeW

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Not sure if I should place my order or wait.
Wait if you want but I am not sure why anyone would think Apple is going to update, it is highly unlikely, the Mini is just not their focus right now.

This year will see the MBP 13 moved to the new keyboard and 14" screen, the usual updates across that line, the iMac is going to be up next for a refresh as is the iPad, then maybe they will get back to the Mini in 2021.

For the target market, it is plenty good enough right now, at best all you would see is a CPU bump and I honestly don't think Apple view the current one as a limiter.
 

Sebski

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Wait if you want but I am not sure why anyone would think Apple is going to update, it is highly unlikely, the Mini is just not their focus right now.

This year will see the MBP 13 moved to the new keyboard and 14" screen, the usual updates across that line, the iMac is going to be up next for a refresh as is the iPad, then maybe they will get back to the Mini in 2021.

For the target market, it is plenty good enough right now, at best all you would see is a CPU bump and I honestly don't think Apple view the current one as a limiter.
Thank you for your comments.

Yep, I would only expect CPU to be updated, probably to 9th generation of Intel (?) But that wouldn't be a massive update and 9th gen. i7 doesn't support Hyper-Threading so I would have to go for i9 option (if that would be an option) although I can imagine more expensive. Current Mini is still very good machine for what I need so will probably order it this weekend.
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iMac Pro does not support target display mode, so it's not just a missing cable.
That's what I thought. Perhaps Apple just think that Mini is just a computer and everyone can see how it looks etc. whereas with MacBooks, iMacs etc. you want to see their displays because those are parts of the entire "package".
 

bsbeamer

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It would make most sense for stores to show off a MacMini with a Pro Display XDR, but they do not work together natively. Officially need a Blackmagic eGPU. Then it's visually cumbersome and not exactly the intent of a small footprint computer.

The model you're describing is closer the elusive MacMiniPro that so many want to see. There are NO SIGNS it will be announced or released, let alone any point soon. If you need an i9 your only options are iMac and MBP16,1. Welcome to the frustration with Apple's product line for "power" users and it only gets worse when you're trying to stick to a budget.
 
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Sebski

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It would make most sense for stores to show off a MacMini with a Pro Display XDR, but they do not work together natively. Officially need a Blackmagic eGPU. Then it's visually cumbersome and not exactly the intent of a small footprint computer.

The model you're describing is closer the elusive MacMiniPro that so many want to see. There are NO SIGNS it will be announced or released, let alone any point soon. If you need an i9 your only options are iMac and MBP16,1. Welcome to the frustration with Apple's product line for "power" users and it only gets worse when you're trying to stick to a budget.
I'll be absolutely fine with i7, don't need graphics power so I'll stick with Mini, it was just general wondering ;)

My first mac was Mini G4, then four iMacs so I'll happily get back to Mini again :)
 

bsbeamer

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Many BTO configs are delayed during and around Lunar New Year. This happens every single year. Would not read too much into it, but would be great to see Apple pay more attention to refreshing their lineup soon.