Something tells me the next Mac Mini will be a tower....

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by animatedude, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. animatedude macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2010
    seeing how Apple introduced 1 black tower and 2 white ones today, i don't see how they won't introduce a silver one later this year.....:rolleyes:
  2. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    Were there any improvements introduced for the Mac mini during the keynote today? It'll be a day or 2 before I can watch it.
  3. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    No. Nothing on the iMac either.
  4. xheathen macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    This really does make me wonder about the future of the Mac Mini as a product line, or at least one that might get updates annually.
  5. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    So the next mini will have HD 5000 haswell like the new MacBook Air ?
  6. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    The 2012 Mini was introduced last October. Were you really expecting an update after 8 months?
  7. KaraH macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2012
    Actually ....

    According to the buyer's guide the typical cycle is 380 days and it has been 230. However 2 of the past 5 updates were 231 and 238 days so a release this week would not be unheard of timing.
  8. Omnius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    but totally out of line with the 400+ for the last 2...
  9. philipma1957, Jun 10, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2013

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    once again show me a small form factor pc with a quad core that is more powerful then the 2012 mini 2.3 quad core. once again no company is really pushing apple's 2012 mini. So apple will wait to push out a 2013 mini. If they have one sooner then oct it would be amazing. as for it having the 5000 integrated gpu the answer is no since the new quad core chips have the 4600.

    So waiting for the 2013 mini is okay hoping for it to have a quad core with a 5000 gpu section in the next 2 months is a huge longshot.

    below is the most likely quad mini chip

    it is not a lot better
    then this chip

    Apple has no need to make a new mini for months they are a bottom line company so they will wait until OCT or later.

    as for the base mini not sure what i5 they will use
  10. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    Do you think any of their products will utilize the Iris Pro?
  11. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Your 'Something' is an idiot.:D
  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    No reason for a mini tower; this has been discussed to death under xMac or similar ideas.
  13. potatis macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2006
    Perhaps a 4" cube elevated in an acrylic case...
  14. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    My guess is later this year you'll see a mini with a spec bump. That is all.
  15. hleewell macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    Hint, hint




    More wishes..







  16. hleewell macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    Maybe it will look like something Western Digital designed for their desktop storage:

  17. hassiman macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2006
    San Diego
    Is the latest MacMini powerful enough to....

    I was thinking of getting a new MacPro but after seeing the beautiful little wonder I am sure it will be WAY more expensive than I can afford. I do not like the iMacs so I was thinking of getting a Mac Mini with 16GB of RAM, the fastest i7 4 core chip and 2 256GB SSD drives.

    I do Photoshop CS6 and LightRoom 4 with big files and layers. Sometimes the files are 2+GB in size.:eek:

    Would this little Mac Mini be powerful enough to handle stuff like this?

    Are they reliable.... do they run cool enough to last for 4-5 years?

  18. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    You should be just fine with that setup.

    And sorry to say, but the next Mini will not look like the new Pro. The last thing Apple is going to do is give people less reason to go with a Pro over a Mini.
  19. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    I would love a Mac Mini that could be used as a one-handed bludgeoning weapon.

    Seriously though.... if the Mini were put in a tube case like the Mac Pro it would kind of ruin it as an HTPC. The current form factor can be tucked out of the way, mounted on its side, mounted behind your monitor where it can't be seen, and mounted with other minis in a rack case.

    If only they could make it just a little bit thinner.
  20. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I have a 24" iMac from 2008 and when it dies I'm seriously going to consider a top of the line mini and a TB display. At least if I do that I won't have to chuck out a lovely display just because the rest of the system died.
  21. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
  22. Zemzil macrumors member

    May 10, 2013
    Geneva, Swiss
    One good news with 10.9 is that OpenCl 1.2 is activated on HD4000/5000, as Intel put some drivers/api/compiler fort that during may 2013.

    Means that some software that required CUDA/OPENCL GPU just to be launch (Resolve, Smoke, Nuke etc.) could be theoretically supported on Mini/MB13/MBA.

    You don't use a Mini for massive production with such tools but it is practical to be able to open project, doing some import/export or simple works with it.

    And others common software that use GPGPU will take some advantage on it...
  23. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    The Mac mini doesn't need to do 802.11ac beam forming. They may have to make it a bit bigger ( in width and depth ) to get three wifi antennas in but no way going to need the 4-6 needed for beam forming. It is the wireless access point responsibility to "make up for" the remote weak signal. :) The mini can just broadcast its weak signal (given the distance/wall/whatever between the two. )
  24. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    I should hope not. I like how the current Mac mini can fit discretely in front of an HDTV.
  25. mayuka macrumors 6502a


    Feb 15, 2009
    Guys... You are all wrong. Apple will introduce the Mac nano, which is basically just the logic board from the Macbook Air + MBA's SSD + integrated power supply. It will aprox. the size of 4 iPod classics stacked one upon the others. Technically that's possible. Why shouldn't they do it? They've done it before with the cube and the original Mac mini.

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