So the day after Apple crippled the Mac Mini, I had to leave work early, rush to the bank and get a $500 loan, and borrow my grandparents credit card and hand them $800 cash, since my debit card has a $750 daily limit. Thanks Apple for making me have a panic attack and jump through a bunch of hoops. Ended up ordering the 2012 i7 2.3 quad, from Musician's Friend of all places. Total cost was $774.99, brand new, not refurbished. I checked back a week later and MF is sold out of the 2012 model. I'm a little bit disappointed that I wasnt able to get a 2.6, but looking at the geekbench scores vs the price, I feel like maybe the 2.3 is actually the best value for the dollar. I got to thinking, could the 2.3 i7 quad mac mini be the best value mac for the price, EVER?? The new minis, with their bloated prices and crippled performance have a way lesser price/performance ratio. Can't think of any other mac that has ever offered this level of performance for this price. I feel like I did allright, slightly bummed that I don't have the bragging rights for the best mac mini ever, but almost. Had I known Apple was going to pull this stunt, I would have bought the 2.6 a long time ago. But, based on geekbench scores the 2.6 looks to be only about 8% faster than the 2.3. I've never heard of a computer line going backwards in performance! They could have slashed the price by a couple hundred instead of inflating it. Total dick move. I'm worried about Apple's future direction. Screw over those of us who can't drop 3 grand on an entry level Mac Pro and who don't want an iMac. Apple is going to take a hit for this, people who know about computers aren't gonna cough up the money for an underpowered non-upgradable system.