This is a stop gap model.

SolarShane

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Apple just released this model because of the Broadwell delay. Expect a proper mini update with either Broadwell or Skylake.
 

MacTCE

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I don't think we'll see a new release until Skylake. Broadwell has very limited gains int he desktop space.
 

apunkrockmonk

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I don't think we'll see a new release until Skylake. Broadwell has very limited gains int he desktop space.
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.
 

Count Blah

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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.
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.
 

Woodcrest64

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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.
 

ElectronGuru

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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.
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.
 

Count Blah

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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.
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.
 

MacTCE

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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.
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.