Mac Mini rumored for a refresh soon

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by VegetableStu, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. VegetableStu

    VegetableStu SFF Guru
    Thread Starter

    no indicator as to when, but whispers say it'll increase in volume, will be targeted at "creative professionals", and use roughly the same processor loadout of the recent thro 6-core MBPs

    finally.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...plan-revamped-low-cost-macs-to-reignite-sales
     
  2. Phuncz

    Phuncz Lord of the Boards
    Moderator SFF Purist Gold Supporter

    Hopefully they'll take this chance to bring out a genuinely true personal computer and not it on a 3-5 year refresh/maintenance cycle. While their Social Media devices (iPhone) are using alien technology and quantum entangled microscopic black hole tech to increment the rate at which it can load a page on Facebook, I'd like to see them still make devices that their customers have been asking for, instead of a flacid excuse of a device that was designed in between lunch breaks only to show the shareholders that PC is dead.
     
  3. Kmpkt

    Kmpkt Innovation through Miniaturization
    KMPKT

    I hope they make these with an 8809 APU option and shrink them down a bunch. Would be kinda nice to have.
     
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  4. Aichon

    Aichon Average Stuffer

    I still have a 2011 Mac mini with an i7 and dedicated graphics at home, which I later upgraded with additional RAM and a Fusion Drive configuration.

    I had planned to sell it and replace it once the next model debuted...but the 2012 Mac mini performed significantly worse in most benchmarks than what I have, since Apple dropped the dedicated graphics. I had planned to get the next one instead...but, aside from the addition of USB 3.0, the 2014 model was essentially a sidegrade that'd cost me $500+. I had planned to get the next one instead...

    But then I discovered this site and got hooked on the idea of doing my own SFF build instead.

    Anyway, I'm eager to see what they'll do with it, since it's likely to be an easy recommendation for certain family and friends.
     
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  5. el01

    el01 Master of Cramming

    #5 el01, Aug 22, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2018
    Hopefully it isn't:
    1. Sealed
    2. All soldered
    3. Thermally limited
    4. Completely USB C
    I can't get my hopes up though, especially considering that's against all modern Apple philosophy (and I can't afford/need one)
     
  6. Solo

    Solo Airflow Optimizer

    Their current offering is an irredeemably bad value with the amount of other tiny ready-to-go machines that exist on the market. Hopefully that changes.
     
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  7. Howdy

    Howdy Cable Smoosher

    Hey All!

    Was wondering if everyone had heard the new Pro Mac Mini rumors and had any thoughts / educated guesses as to how exciting it will be? Should we take bets on it's PPL (Performance Per Liter) ??:cool:

    https://9to5mac.com/2018/08/20/bloomberg-mac-mini-update-details/

    Does anyone know what processors in Intel's product line would be used for a desktop like this?

    Apple has made promises of forthcoming upgradable pro hardware and wonder if this might be it? Perhaps it will be upgradable solely through Thunderbolt 3.

    I personally love the idea of being able to stick this on my desk next to my beefy PC workstation and link the two with a thunderbolt bridge. PC for 3D applications and Renders. Mac for 2D animation and design.:thumb::D