Reason Quad Core Removed

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  1. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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    I read it he was wrong about it being a low volume seller but couched it with the word relativity.

    The mac mini is a big desktop seller . But it does not sell as many units as an iPad. A bit cheessy to defend apples decision to do this.

    For the most part I like the new 499 mini. For my needs in my home it will be okay.

    For my 3 or 4 audio mixing studios I built minis for this is a big setback.
     
  3. rrl macrumors 6502

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    Except for the server stuff, that was just typical apologist crap. Here's my favorite ridiculous quote:

    "If nothing else, the new entry level model is an opportunity to get people in the door then upsell them to the much better-equipped $699 model, which comes with a 2.6 GHz processor, 8 GB RAM, faster graphics and double the hard drive space. You're not paying $200 for memory - you're paying $200 for a lot more functionality all the way around."

    We all know it's just an Apple money grab, and he applauds them for it. This guy should shut up.
     
  4. Crosscreek thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I will miss the tinker days but got to get on with the program.

    I will keep mine until HDMI 2.0 and H.265 codex show up and then I may invest in a new one. Probably Skylake or maybe Broadwel and until then I satisfied.

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  5. Jeremy3 macrumors newbie

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    I have a quad core 2011 MAc mini.

    Quad core was required to make lightroom run quickly. I also installed extra RAM (to 8GB) after purchase, again mainly for Lightroo. I also have PArallels so at least one core can be dedicated for windows whilsst other macstuff inc lightroom is still running at a good speed. So i will not be buying the 2014 model.
    I'm hoping not to have to upgrade for another year or so anyway so hopefully quad core will come back in the next release as standard.
     
  6. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    True. But we all know Apple (like every othe corporation) isn't in this out of the kindness of their hearts. This is capitalism.
     
  7. rrl macrumors 6502

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    What ever the market will bear, right? Well, the market should tell Apple to **** off on this one.

    Before this abomination that is the low-end iMac, Apple had moved every iMac up to a quad core. Every 15" MacBook Pro is a quad core. If that guy actually knew what he was doing, his article would have been titled:

    "If one more person tells me that the 2014 Mac Mini was the right move, I'm gonna slap them upside the head."
     
  8. Crosscreek thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I want to think that the future ones will have the same sockets to accommodate 2 or 4 core chips but the ram an HD's selection will probably remain the same.
    Wether we can add another drive or Ifixit or OWC can come up with a plan is yet to be seen until the fusion tear down.
     
  9. SoCalReviews macrumors 6502

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    I'm surprised the article writer didn't try to convince us that buying a new green energy Haswell Mini would help save the planet from global warming.
     
  10. Crosscreek thread starter macrumors 68030

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    He use to be WSJ tech editor and probably doesn't care about green anything unless it's money. :)
     
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    Capitalism is also about individual consumer choice and competition of ideas and products. At least with capitalism we still have the option to purchase or not purchase any product sold by a company. Those options narrow or disappear in true non-capitalist systems.

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    ...but it would be another reason to appease Apple for it's 2014 Haswell Mini lineup.
     
  12. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    Not arguing for 'non-capitalist systems', but capitalism is only interested in your welfare and interests if you can pad their bottom line and make their shareholders happy. Otherwise they'd be more than happy to see you out on the street if you're out of luck. It's all a balance.
     
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    ....Yes, the companies usually have their interests first in a capitalist system but then again the consumers also usually put their interests first.... so not only is there real balance but usually the companies that don't offer products or services that the consumers want, need and desire either offer better choices for their consumers or fade away fairly quickly.

    In true non-capitalist systems you normally have a select few or elite group deciding for everyone and not based on individual consumer's needs but for the supposed good of themselves or for the collective. There is less incentive to provide a product or service that fits the needs of the individual consumers and no feedback mechanism to punish those who make bad decisions. It's a terrible model and historically never benefited the majority of the people within that system... which is why most countries including traditionally non-capitalist ones... have moved towards some type of capitalist system.
     
  15. Altis macrumors 68020

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    I'm going on my 8th year having a quad core desktop processor. The reason it's lasted so long is because it's a quad core processor, so it does a decent job in CPU-intensive tasks.

    I can't convince myself to get a dual-core laptop-grade CPU in 2014/2015 and expect it to perform much better even right now, let alone for another 6-8 years.
     
  16. giggles macrumors 6502

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    Quad core was removed because there are no quad cores for BGA1168 socket and Apple wouldn't bother using two different motherboards.

    In Ivy Bridge era, dual and quad cores were on the same socket.
     
  17. leman macrumors 604

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    I think that this is spot-on. You don't need a capitalist conspiracy theory to explain things (although that way might be more fun).

    MacMini has always catered to a specific market - a energy-efficient, almost invisible desktop machine for light office, home and media consumption duty. If We just look at those qualities, these new models definitively deliver.

    Of course, I am certainly not happy about the fact that the quad core option is gone — the old model was clearly more flexible.

    BTW, the CPU used in the $699 model is listed at Intel at $315. So much to 'they just want higher profit margins'. Of course, the margins are still ridiculous, but Apple is certainly not earning much more on these models. For comparison, the old quad core ($799) had a CPU that was listed at $378
     
  18. Crosscreek thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Apple doesn't pay near that amount. They buy bulk and probably all the chips they are putting in these are left overs.
     
  19. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    So is everything else in this country.
     
  20. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Any discussion about the Mini not selling well as an excuse for this GPU one step forward and CPU 2 steps backward is nonsense. The amount of units sold can be changed with marketing and repositioning the Mini. Apple knows that there are people interested in the Mini as being other than an "intro" into the Apple eco system. Apple insists on keeping it in this niche and to ignore those who want to do more with the Mini rather than get an iMac or find the Mac Pro to be too much (mostly on the wallet).

    Perhaps the biggest challenge is related to keeping the same dimensions and handling heat under heavy loads, decided profit margins based on price targeting that also may limit what guts are in the Mini.

    For me, the new Mini is not a good fit. My main applications do better with quad than dual core. The complete absence of the quad relegates Mini as a no go purchase. For those doing lesser tasks and apps with single core in mind, hope the Mini serves them well.

    - 2015 marks my return to just Windows and Linux (rather than each in a virtual) under OSX.
     
  21. rrl macrumors 6502

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    Don't do it, OS X is too good to throw out with the bathwater. If you don't already have a decent Mac, find a 2012 i7 and then buy one of these for your PC needs:

    http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-4-Po...8&qid=1413044443&sr=1-7&keywords=trendnet+kvm

    Make sure your monitor has at least two or more HDMI/DVI inputs because I never recommend indirect video switching.
     
  22. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I'm sticking for the present with my 2011 and 2012 Minis. 2015 is when I'll be doing new purchases and since Apple has nothing to offer (me), I can readily build a PC with an mATX board that will do the job with a small but larger footprint case, 32 gigs RAM, possible vid card etc. I just can't imagine buying the new Mac Mini for anything I do as my primary apps exploit multi-core.
     
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    I budgeted over $1000 for a quad-core mini with iris pro plus another $800 for a 4k monitor. Instead spent a fraction of that on a dell u2415 monitor and will wait for Skylake. I absolutely need quad-core and will be switching to windows if apple fails to deliver a year from now.
     
  24. dighn macrumors newbie

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    the way I see it, they raised the price on the true entry model (which is now the mid), and introduced a lower priced gimped version to obscure what they really did.

    the real travesty is that anyone who needs more processing power and locked in the apple world is now forced to get an AIO (leaving out the pro because it's a $$$ machine that very few need). people have very good reasons for not wanting AIO machines, and now they have little choice.
     
  25. torquer macrumors regular

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    imore article - "Shut up about the new mac mini, already"

    Decent article worth reading. I'm sure it'll get some of you frothing at the mouth.

    http://www.imore.com/nsfw-shut-about-new-mac-mini-already

    FYI its not actually NSFW unless you're offended by reasonable subjective thinking.
     

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