This is a stop gap model.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SolarShane, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. SolarShane macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2014
    Apple just released this model because of the Broadwell delay. Expect a proper mini update with either Broadwell or Skylake.
  2. patricem macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2005
  3. MacTCE macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2013
    I don't think we'll see a new release until Skylake. Broadwell has very limited gains int he desktop space.
  4. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    However the low end Mini uses a ULV processor from the MacBook Air, the higher end ones use processors from the MacBook Pros.

    That means they're all mobile processors and platforms.
  5. Count Blah macrumors 68030

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Taking that a step further then, apple chose to NOT put a quad core in the mini, so we shouldn't expect to see one in the mini ever again.
  6. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    I imagine we will see Quad core processors again but probably not until Skylake in late 2015. Hopefully then we will have thunderbolt 3 for a 5k external display.
  7. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    All computers are stop-gap models. In less than 10 years there have been 12 generations of Mac Mini.
  8. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Scanning the big threads, there are two obstacles with the current chip:

    1) unlike the last gen, this quad requires its own socket, so it's own motherboard

    2) unlike the last gen, this quad uses huge watts, requiring special cooling

    If true, then the way to determine if the next mini will have a quad is to find out if the next quad chip will have these issues.
  9. rrl macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2009
    And yet the 15" MacBook Pro seems to be running just fine.
  10. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    Nope. I figure we won't see any more updates until at least 400-500 days.
  11. squirrrl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    I predict a new Mac mini will almost certainly arrive October 2015 or feb 2016
  12. Count Blah macrumors 68030

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    No hope in site. Mini Broadwell CPUs = Y/U/H
    Y= VERY low power - all dual
    U= Mini target - all dual that I can find reference to
    H= greater than the magical 35W TDP that apparently MUST be in the mini

    So unless Apple goes with the innards matching the 15" MBP, we are going to be seeing more of the pathetic same for the mini. Two motherboards is apparently too much for the supply chain wiz of the world to manage.
  13. MacTCE macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2013
    I agree, but Broadwell's main sell is it's decreased power consumption. I don't feel that small improvement will warrant another update. At least from Apple's point of view.
  14. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Then why release it at all? Why not wait? What is the point of offering a lower spec'd computer?
  15. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    More profit from people who don't care, notice, or understand that.

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