Like many on this forum, I've been hoping for an updated Mac mini for a while. However, I've also been wondering what kind of CPU performance speedup we can realistically expect if Apple were to release an updated, Haswell-Mac mini in the near future. The current maxed-out Mac mini uses a 2.6 GHz i7-3720QM. The same processor was used in the 2012 15" Retina MBP. Typical 64-bit benchmark scores of rMBP using this chip are around 3300 / 12800 (single/multicore). If Apple were to update the Mac Mini with similar processors as they did with the rMBP, the maxed-out version could be using either the 2.3 GHz i7-4850HQ or the 2.6 GHz i7-4960HQ. These yield rMBP benchmark scores of around 3400 / 13150 and 3700 / 14350 respectively, resulting in an improvement of around 3% or 12%, depending on processor chosen. So the answer from the benchmark data is actually a non-answer… if Apple were to choose a processor like the i7-4850HQ, it definitely would not make sense for me to wait any longer. 3% would not be a big enough difference to make me regret the purchase. However, with the i7-4960HQ, it would be a different story - this is a more substantial improvement. Any compelling reasons why Apple would choose one or the other (or a completely different CPU)?