The new Mac mini is almost certainly coming

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by GabrieleR, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. GabrieleR macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    i work in an Apple Reseller and like many of you i'm waiting for the mini 2013 refresh.

    From monday the two major Apple suppliers in Italy are suddenly and completely out of stock of minis. I know that this happen from time to time, but the timing is no coincidence.

    Trust me, a new mini is coming next week, or at least we have solid evidence to believe it.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I disagree, if Apple wanted to release this before the holidays they would have done this with the rMBPs. Christmas is under 3 weeks away, its too late for them to release a new model and gain any real traction for the sales.
     
  3. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

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    That would make sense if the MacMini was seen as a prominent product for Apple. Unfortunately, it is something they don't even herald with press releases anymore.

    So the "traction" isn't expected at any time of the year. And it is such a stepchild of the line up as to be unceremoniously shoveled out at almost any arbitrary time.

    Now, if we were discussing the iMac (or iPhone or iPad), it would be a completely different circumstance. MacMini and MacPro have dedicated niches which are attracted to price or capability, and they don't need marketing fanfare to achieve sales. Note the MacPro coming out soon with little time for "traction" before Christmas.
     
  4. And macrumors 6502

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    Look on the apple store. All minis dispatched within 24 hrs. Stock looks bouyant. I'm sticking my neck out for a March mini now. I'll be happy to be wrong however!
     
  5. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    Also, its highly unlikely that they'll release before Jan as everyone that bought in late november and december will be returning theirs....
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Its too close the Christmas season, No one releases a new product 3 weeks before Christmas - its way too late.
     
  7. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    IMHO they want focus on the new Mac Pro and will not spend much energy on the mini. When I called last week about a couple tech question, every other sentence was suggesting I buy a pro. I wouldn't be surprised if they discontinue the mini instead of update it. It sells well, but not that well.
     
  8. GabrieleR thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The availability on the online Applestore means nothing these days, when the iMac was refreshed in october all models were shipping in 24h. I don't remember the last time that we anticipated a refresh by looking at the availability.

    I understand that it is a strange time for releasing an update, but it also a very strange time for releasing a completely new product like the Mac Pro isn't it?

    Until monday i was thinking, like many of you, that the new mini was a 2014 thing, but trust me, a new mini is coming next week.
     
  9. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    well, if that is the case, i'll be returning mine :D if not, no harm done :D

    but i highly doubt your prediction despite your apparent certainty :d

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    i completely agree with you :D
     
  10. And macrumors 6502

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    Well, if that happens you'll win an internet point for sure. :)
     
  11. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    lol, an e-point! i love it :D
     
  12. itbeme macrumors member

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    Yup. I was hoping but I've given up now. They will flush current inventory for the holiday season and close the books.

    February. Not before.
     
  13. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a

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    I just checked PowerMax and they have 10+ of both the dual and quad base models plus 4 server models. MacConnection, MacMall, B&H Photo, Best buy, Amazon, J&R all advertise that the Mac Mini is readily available.

    It looks like the online retailers are long on the Mac Mini to me.
     
  14. animatedude macrumors 65816

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    oh praise the lord our italian suppliers jesus says it's coming this week! ;)
     
  15. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

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    I am seriously tired of this endless back and forth. The damn thing will come when it does.

    most likely sometime in Q2 2014... :D
     
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  17. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

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    That prediction needs some serious legs. I can't understand why Apple would wait until Spring '14 to release something they could have put out in Summer '13.

    Is there some unknown tech boost that will arrive in Q2 '14? Why not just wait for the (possible) release of Broadwell in late '14?

    The mini's lack of updating with Haswell processors is strange, the delay even stranger. We might see a complete redesign emerge with Broadwell after a long-long gap in upgrade; a more-logical event since the current i7 minis are already very powerful within the Mac lineup.
     
  18. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Well Apple is with their MacPro! :rolleyes:
     
  19. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    I don't think we will ever see a mini update, Apple will just continue sell the current version until they run out of parts and then perhaps introduce a low end MacPro version as a mini replacement. So the developments may not be so strange after all :)

    Apple announced the revamped MacPro weeks ago, its just taken them awhile to ramp up production. There have been no hints about the mini.
     
  20. apfelmann macrumors 6502

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    I BELIEVE IN YOU

    And I hope they keep the FireWire port and the user friendly upgrade ability
     
  21. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    So if they release in March, wouldn't anyone who bought in late January and February return theirs? There's the logic flaw in your argument....
     
  22. hudson1 macrumors 6502

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    Probably because all available engineers have been working to get the Mac Pro finished.

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    Apple's never had hints about a Mac mini release so there's no reason to think there will be any this time, either.
     
  23. SVTmaniac macrumors 6502

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    Who buys a Mac Pro for Christmas? A Mac Pro is one of those things that if you need it, you buy it whenever you can, not because you want to get it as a gift for someone.
     
  24. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, I'm going to point out that a WORKSTATION is not a gift item. Not many people are dropping $3k+ for a Christmas gift. This is a business machine to GET WORK DONE. It is more important that it ship by Dec 31, so that businesses can count them against their 2013 taxes (tax breaks).
     
  25. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    I do! u mirin'?
     

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