What if they merged the AppleTV and Mac Mini platforms?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Redbeard25, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Redbeard25 macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2003
    Stay with me here...

    AppleTV: Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, OS X heavily skinned, one HDMI out, one Ethernet port, one USB "service" port

    Mac mini: i5/i7, 4+GB RAM, 64GB SSD, OS X "normal", one HDMI out, one Ethernet port, one thunderbolt 2 port that breaks out into a port replicator with USB, FW, etc.

    This gives them one less interface to worry about on the iOS platform (and, admittedly one more on the OS X platform,) but it gives them a unified "desktop" platform.

    I realize this is a bit of a throwback to the first AppleTV.

  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    I fail to see this as any sort of benefit to Apple.
  3. El Hikaru macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2013
    Mac Mini is a fully functional general purpose personal computer.
    It is too much for Apple TV to replace it.
  4. Redbeard25 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2003
    No... you'd go the other way - Mac Mini replaces the AppleTV platform.
  5. HolidaySeason macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2013
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Apple already did this with the original AppleTV and it was expensive and sold poorly. The AppleTV now uses Arm processors that are cheaper and designed by Apple. Why would they want to back to depending on Intel for the AppleTV processor?

    "Why go out for milk when you have a cow at home..."
  7. riggles macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2013
    Yea, when Apple dropped Front Row from OSX and reworked the first AppleTV format, I think that pretty much finalized the separation between Macs and the living room.

    If anything, AppleTV will inherit more genes from iOS. But it won't become a Mac.
  8. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013

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