The new Mac mini is almost certainly coming

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

  1. Miat, Dec 27, 2017
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    Miat macrumors 6502

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    The lack of a clear upgrade path for the Mini and especially the Pro is a serious failure on Apple's part.

    I can get that they might be ambivalent about the Mini, (wrongly, I think, but I can at least see their reasoning even if I disagree with it).

    But I still have trouble believing they so badly let down the serious professional users on the Pro. That is just an inexcusable failure of IT Business 101, and if they have lost those guys forever then they have nobody but themselves to blame.
     
  2. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

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    They are pretty ignorant of what people need and how they respond.

    Apple Computers is a cyclical product, like TV shows or periodicals, etc. People look to regularly update their machines every 2/4/6 years. They need to know there is still support and competitive product being released or they will go to PCs for the convenience.

    Apple was sending the signal that they were shutting down their desktop line almost completely.

    Jobs said they would get back to Macs around 2011-12, but Cook seems to have felt it was time to move on and just be a phone company with a minor line of desktops and laptops. BAD MOVE. They should promise a roadmap for people, letting customers know that new computers are coming yearly or bi-yearly, etc.

    Mini and Pro customers have been chopped off until the iMac Pro, which isn't really a satisfactory pro computer, but a good palliative for the ailing customer base. Now they need to get a mini out and a monitor. It will probably be almost another year before we see those releases.
     
  3. triptolemus macrumors 6502

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    Please don't say that -- lest they put the mini inside the goddamn monitor.
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Amen ...
     
  6. leo-tech, Dec 29, 2017
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    Monopolies are so creepy, unfortunately that includes Apple. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that from the moment they no longer need to compete for customers in a healthy competitive market, they (monopolies) increasingly regard and treat them (customers) as some lowly subservient species to be commanded and pushed around and ignored on a whim (sometimes fed crap like "Tim Cook said Mac mini is important"). I forgot when was the last time Apple actually asked their loyal Macintosh customers about anything of importance, and then actually delivered?
     
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  8. jasnw macrumors 6502

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    I thought it was the Year of Linux on the Desktop. Both are about as likely at this point.
     
  9. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    The year of the Mac Mini is almost certainly coming.
     
  10. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    LOL, good one! But guess what? I'll bet on Linux all day and all night. Linux is for rebels and I am certainly one.
     
  11. PickUrPoison macrumors 6502a

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    The year of Linux on the desktop is almost certainly not coming.

    18 years and counting :D
     
  12. jasnw macrumors 6502

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    I use it for serious work (mostly in some sort of Term window running a shell, or scripts out of cron) but never for Desktop. First Windows, then Solaris, now macOS for that.
     
  13. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    I have my eye on a librem laptop. https://puri.sm/products/
     
  14. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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    I use Mr Robot Linux Mint a lot for security with a Vpn and Tor. Trading Alt coins and having a ball. My Windows Ether Miner does the hard work and I trade for the easy work.

    I pick an OS for what it does best for me.
     
  15. Boyd01, Dec 31, 2017
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    I started with RedHat Linux in 1999 and even bought some of their stock. Set up a mail/web server for my company with it shortly afterwards. People were saying the year of desktop Linux was almost certainly coming back then.

    I'll just stick with my 2012 quad mini. :)
     
  16. spacebro macrumors 6502

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    The linux desktop market share has recently passed 3%. Back then it looked impossible to get to 1%.
     
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    LOL, I think we should start a whole nother thread on this subject :)
     
  19. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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    They slowed it in 2014.
     
  20. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, by almost four years. ;)
     
  21. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Long enough for me to find Windows/Linux replacements for most of my Mac Apps.
     
  22. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Obviously you have not found a replacement for the MacRumors forum yet. ;)
     
  23. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Still have 6 Macs in the house. iPads and iPhones too.
    It'll be a while before I'm done with MacRumors.
    Not expecting any new usable Minis though.
     
  24. PickUrPoison, Dec 31, 2017
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    If by usable you mean cheap, you’re right—that’s not going to happen. The new minis will be about $400 cheaper than a similarly equipped MBP or iMac.

    If your definition of a usable mini includes desktop CPUs or 200W GPUs—again, prepare for disappointment. That’s not Apples vision of a mini.

    But if your definition of usable includes something similar to the current mini, but updated:

    1. a decent, current CPU for the base config, like an i5-7360u;
    2. a 28W quad core at the top end;
    3. minimum 8GB of DDR4 RAM, (user) upgradable to 32GB max;
    4. two USB-C Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports;
    5. four USB 3.0 ports;
    6. Ethernet;
    7. various other features like an SDXC slot, a headphone jack, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2; then
    I have reason to believe you’ll be getting the usable Mac mini you’re not expecting. :)
     
  25. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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    I suspect, ChromeBooks are included in those 3%?
    Aren't they?

    Or is it because people replace PCs with iPads and Phablets and the overall desktop-market is smaller?
    ;-)
     

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