What OS will the 2018 Mac Mini run?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by michael.richard1982, Oct 24, 2018.

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What OS will the 2018 Mac Mini run?

Poll closed Oct 27, 2018.
  1. MacOS

    39 vote(s)
    97.5%
  2. iOS

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. new iOS based OS hybrid with some desktop features

    1 vote(s)
    2.5%
  4. Other

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    0.0%
  1. michael.richard1982 macrumors member

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    The 2018 Mac Mini update may offer Apple a chance to take further steps towards phasing out its computer lineup in favor of tablets.

    Will we see an iOS based Mac Mini?
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 604

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    Extremely unlikely Apple will release a desktop computer running iOS, or merge iOS and MacOS as some have speculated. One OS is optimized for mobile touch, and the other is optimized for desktop.

    On top of that, Apple has already announced they're working on making it easier for iOS developers to port iOS apps over to MacOS and maintain the same codebase on both platforms, which is a much better approach than merging MacOS and iOS, or releasing a desktop with iOS because of app availability.
     
  3. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    Being a Mac it will run MacOS...... simple logic, no question.
     
  4. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    There is a small chance it could have an ARM processor. There is an infinitesimally small chance it could run iOS. Why would a device without a screen run a touchscreen OS? It won’t.
     
  5. Hater macrumors 6502a

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    The answer is in the name of the device, it's not an iMini.
     
  6. tpivette89 macrumors 6502

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    Come on... really? It will be Mac OS 10.14 Mojave.

    iOS will not be a factor here.
     
  7. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    They're not going to bring out 10.15 Bumpass Hell just for the 2018 Mini, so we'll be stuck with Mojave for about a year.
     
  8. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    What is that spammy link supposed to be?
     
  9. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Show you pix of an inspiring place in CA.
    Much nicer than Mojave.
     
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 601

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    OK... when I clicked on it a window full of ads popped up, covering most of the page.
     
  11. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Sorry. That should not have happened.
    Like Alum Rock, Bumpass Hello is just a beautiful spot that Apple should name an OS for.
    Eureka would be nice too.
    At least they're off their Yosemite kick. That's mostly for Los Angelenos.
     
  12. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Not-so-off-the-wall-prediction:
    New Mini (and any other Macs released Tuesday) will run the release version of 10.14.1.
     
  13. FlyingTexan macrumors regular

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    They could just run MacOS on the ARM architecture. They already do it with Linux. A destribution like Gentoo compiles everything for whatever system it’s on. There are people running complete distros on ARM including all their apps. Apparently it takes like 24hrs to compile something but that could be due to weak sauce processors. If the Mac mini came with an A12x in it it’d be a lot faster but since it’d be a closed system where every spec is known Apple could actually make it all net based. Click a button and a server on the other end just sends you the already compiled app. There’s people running xwindows on their arm setup.
     
  14. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    Yes. I would be very surprised if Apple does not already have macOS working on ARM, and they would use App Thinning. It is just a matter of when they release it to the public.

    I've always thought the first device to get it would be a Mac that appeals to those who discovered Apple through iOS, so maybe the rumoured new low-cost MacBook. But maybe they have left the Mini alone for so long so that the spec comparison looks better when an ARM Mini comes out.

    APFS breaks more apps for me than ARM is likely to (which is why I am still on Sierra for now), so I don't fear a processor family change, but it must come with some great upsides to make the change worthwhile for users.
     
  15. FlyingTexan macrumors regular

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    I use it as a HTPC/desktop from the couch. As long as it can handle the internet and VLC media player, or a media player of it's own that can play content. I'm all for whatever. I just needs to have the horsepower to run it. There's no real need thermally so I don't know what to expect. The last CPU was 22nm so there's a huge difference already coming.
     

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