What would a spec bump look like?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by krause734, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. krause734 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    This is in my dreams but here it goes:

    All models
    • 8GB RAM Upgradable to 16GB
    • 1TB Fusion Drive Upgradable to SSD

    Base Model $499
    • Kaby Lake i3 capable of 4k @ 60hz (iMac Killer)
    • Decent Graphics Card

    Mid Model $699
    • i5
    • Good Graphics Card

    Top Model $999
    • i7
    • Best Graphics Card
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Doesn't sound like a very sweet dream without 32gb RAM and quad core CPU. ;)
  3. spacebro Suspended

    Oct 1, 2015
    Look at the intel NUC line. Take those specs, halve the ram and bump everything else down a little bit. Now double the price. That is your theoretical mac mini refresh.
  4. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Look at the MacBooks. The Mac Mini follows the MacBooks. Never steps ahead.
  5. bigfatipod macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2011
    i am looking at the skull canyon version to migrate from aperture to lightroom. i just cannot fathom buying a 2012 quad mini - and dont have high expectations of a new model :(
  6. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    The Mac Mini has always been in my eyes, an entry level Mac. I don't see it getting anything over the MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro.
  7. jpietrzak8 macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2010
    Dayton, Ohio
    Yeah, that's the sad thing; back in the beginning, the Mini wasn't so much an entry-level Mac, as it was a small-form-factor Mac. There were entry level iMacs and entry level Minis, as well as high-level iMacs and high-level Minis (relatively speaking, anyway). But yeah, today, the Mini is the "cheap" Mac, not the "small" Mac. :(
  8. Count Blah, Mar 22, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2017

    Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Apple will never include a dGPU in the mini, if they can possibly prevent it - they don't want to a lose a single sale of an iMac.

    Apple will never include a quad core again - they don't want to a lose a single sale of an iMac.

    Apple will never offer easily upgradeable innards again - they want to maximize margins.

    AMD Ryzen is the only wildcard in the not too distant future. There will be iGPUs available at some point, with 4core,8thread CPUs that are cheaper than 4core,4thread intels. But the KEY motivation will always be taken into account - lose not a single sale, of an iMac. But the Mini is likely to be discontinued before we even get there.
  9. bobcat3000 macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    If Apple were to release another Mac Mini any time soon then the entry model would most likely be bumped up to 8GB. Sadly they would probably use the same processors as used in the Macbook line, to avoid 'cannibalizing' the (much more profitable) iMac and Mac Pro.

    8GB will become seen as increasingly essential to run Mac OS smoothly over the next couple of years. If we look to the last 13" Macbook Air 'upgrade', the only actual improvement was to offer 8GB, which really is required on a Macbook Air for an acceptable experience within OS Sierra.

    You would pray that they include an SSD as standard on the base model, but who knows with Apple.
  10. EmlynDewar macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Chengdu, China
    Having just got a decent deal on an i5 NUC and putting it together with an M2 drive, 16gb memory and 2tb 2.5" drive, I can't see Apple ever catching up in price/performance/footprint areas in this sector.
    They could but they aren't interested.

    I don't really care what operating system I use, so am not tied to using their hardware.
  11. paulryp macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2016
    all i want is an iMac with a decent GPU and 2 x easily swappable bays and HDMI in for my PS4 pro. I want to go apple but I'm very close to getting a Hackintosh.
  12. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Just fix a Lenovo M900 to run OSX10.14.
    Leave it at that, and get out of the computer hardware business.
    Spin off the MacOS division, and let it diverge from from iOS, so us computer users can actually get some work done.
    Go full Open source on the entire OS.
    Continue to support iTunes, if you must, but only as open source.
  13. bigfatipod macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2011
    I was all set to go this route, as well, and then i saw the instructions to enable iMessage... I'm not willing to go through all that - which is a shame, because thats the only app tying me to the platform anymore.
  14. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    I FEAR that Apple will update the Mac mini in Late 2017 to Skylake only, borrowing the "one year later" approach they did with the previous one (Haswell MacBook Air specs one year later).
  15. spacebro Suspended

    Oct 1, 2015
    You'll be lucky if they ever refresh the mini. Ask yourself this, what would it look like if apple wanted to retire the whole mac line? Would they start going longer between updates and start killing accessories like the airport and cinema display?
  16. twalk, Mar 23, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2017

    twalk macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2009
    ..and merging the MacOS devs into the iOS dev group, so MacOS development stagnates. Have the presentation of their flagship new MBP be the 1st 1/3rd about totally different stuff, showing off the emoji bar, then running for the exits so no questions can be asked. Constantly promoting the iPad Pro as the only computer you need. Making it so that iOS can use APFS, when it obviously doesn't need an industrial strength file system (=Apple isn't thinking small for iOS). Having yearly updates on anything being a guessing game. Large numbers of employees that are attached to MacOS, including top-level talent, leaving Apple. etc, etc, etc....
  17. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    It'll be an ARM based box the size of the Apple TV without a fan and only one USB-C port on it.
  18. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2013
    Now for what will really happen:

    BASE MODEL: 1.4 GHz processor, Intel 4k graphics, 4 GB RAM, $499 US

    MID MODEL: 1.5 GHz processor, Intel 4k graphics, 4 GB RAM, $599 US

    TOP MODEL: 2.5 GHz processor, Intel yadda yadda "pro" graphics, 8 GB RAM $2,500 US

    And all three models will come with only ONE USB port that you have to juggle power, keyboard, mouse, and monitor through! But hey, it'll be shiny, right?
  19. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Still better than no update at all (discontinuation). That is what I fear.

    To br fair regarding the Late 2014 update and Haswell, it was still current at that time. Skylake in Late 2017 definitely would not be current.
  20. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    With the way Apple spec bumps the Mini, we'll be lucky if the next update doesn't use an 8088. :p

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