Next mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by chris98vf, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. chris98vf macrumors regular

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    Anyone have any idea's what the next mini will look like? I'm really hoping on a Core i3,i5,i7 option instead of the Core 2 Duo. I would like to get one as a 2nd mac but don't want to deal with the Duo. A bigger hdd would be nice too but I'm sure that's a given. Any upcoming Apple Media events? :D
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I'd be disappointed if it didn't have a Core i3 or i5 inside. Intel and nVidia having solved their legal issues and while the solution might not be perfect, its done, Apple needs to make a choice. And Intel graphics are getting better.
     
  3. chris98vf thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm already disappointed, my old 17" iMac from 2006 has a Core 2 Duo lol
     
  4. boldfire macrumors member

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    I think there'll be a 'silent' upgrade in mid-February or early-March based on the typical release schedule.

    I'm looking to get one, so I hope it's soon and at least i3.
     
  5. ajprice macrumors newbie

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    Hopefully it will be an i series instead of a Core2. I'll be shopping for a new Mac later this year, probably hanging on to summer time when Lion is re installed.
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Yes, but there were multiple series within Core 2. The one in the mini came out late 08/early 09, which isn't new, but it's not 06 tech.

    Just look at whatever goes in the 13" MBP when it's updated, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what is going to be in it.
     
  7. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    No it doesnt. It has a Core Duo, which is significantly different to the Core 2 Duo architecture. I know this for a fact as I own one (2006 Core Duo iMac)
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    it will look the same as it does now. are you asking about design or performance?
     
  9. chris98vf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope, it came with a Core 2 Duo. The Early 2006 was Core Duo
    I know this for a fact becuase I have a basement full of both that I refurbish and sell ;)
     
  10. chris98vf thread starter macrumors regular

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    strictly performance, I'm content with what it has now but would much rather get an i series if I'm going to get one. Plus it's only another 26 days until the average refresh rate comes around so we can probably see one in the next month or two.
     
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    hopefully will be able to double as a media center apple tv sort of thing with blu-ray
     
  12. chris98vf thread starter macrumors regular

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    one can dream lol
    I want to do the media center too but plan on getting an external blu-ray and dualboot into Win7
     
  13. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    how well do external BR drives work with mac? does a movie look the same as a regular player?
     
  14. chris98vf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Asus makes a USB one and I've been looking into them. It will work fine as far as reading the disc but will not play Blu-ray since Apple never got the rights. It will work flawlessly in Win7 though and you could use Media Center in Win7 whenever you needed to watch Blu-ray and the mini for everything else.
     
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    i think the amd fusion platform sounds better as it has the 6 series mobile vid
     
  16. chris98vf thread starter macrumors regular

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    I forgot all about the AMD rumors. GOD I hope that's a possibility. I love AMD. Any PC I build is always AMD.
     
  17. MacHamster68, Jan 24, 2011
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    no i guess no AMD , and no blue ray ,
    because with AMD inside and blueray apple would have to compete direct with the Dell Zino HD , which offers all this for a lower price , which would not be a good idea in apples profit book , as its hard to convince people to pay more to receive the same internals , and a lot of people who switch to Mac buy a Mini


    and certainly no tv capabilities as apple wants to sell you a apple tv too

    maybe a 0.15ghz rise , and a higher starting price sounds more like a forecast for a new Mini
     
  18. trkf macrumors newbie

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    The buyer's guide doesn't look awfully reliable; Have a look at iPhone. "Buy only if you need it - Approaching the end of a cycle", and only 4 days until the average update cycle. Yeah right ...

    I'm hoping for a reasonably priced i3 Mini with SSD included (or a more accessible post upgrade of SSD). I have doubts regarding the SSD, though. Willing to wait until end of March.
     
  19. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    Hmm... Im sure Ive seen a Late 2006 Core Duo iMac - Maybe it was some education model though (My IT Support comes from the educational system, who seem to have weird configurations of Macs, including 17" White ones ordered in Mid-Late '08 after the rest of the world went aluminium)
     
  20. kas23 macrumors 603

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    I don't entirely agree with this. Sure, it may cannibalize some ATV sales, but isn't that a good thing? Wouldn't Apple want to see you a $700 item instead of a $99 item?
     
  21. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    Surely with the 2010 Mac Mini a step backwards performance wise, the 2011 Mini will provide a significant performance boost?
     
  22. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    I suspect the answer is no, not if its going to make your viewing experience anything less than great.
     
  23. cosmos macrumors regular

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    I am willing to state that there is NO WAY that the next revision of the Mini will include an SSD. If they do then I will need to pluck some feathers and eat crow. :D
     
  24. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I agree I figure they spent a lot of time and effort making the new external look. I also figure that the day it (2010) came out they knew the 2011 mini would have an i3 or an i5 in it. No blu-ray but a ssd as an option maybe.


    In 2013 or 2014 people will look back at the 2010 mini as the worst value mini ever made. At least my in opinion.
     
  25. cosmos macrumors regular

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    Well, of course in the space of time, the original 2005 or 2006 Mini would seem to be the worst value Mini ever made too. I, however, think that Apple made a great move not only with the new form factor, but with the HDMI port to ensure that it is a part of the HTPC ecosystem.
     

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