What is going on with the Mac mini, Apple's smallest desktop pc?
The Mac mini hasn't been up to date since October 2014, when it used to be made much more appliance-like than earlier generations. Since then Apple's bring-your-own-mouse-keyboard-and-monitor Mac has been lacking in motion. Here is what we all know.
October 19, 2017: Tim Prepare dinner says Mac mini stays crucial a part of Apple's product lineup
Apple's CEO, Tim Prepare dinner,
As reported by means of MacRumors:
Whilst it isn't time to proportion any main points, we do plan for Mac mini to be crucial a part of our product line going ahead.
My wager stays that we will listen and even see extra in regards to the subsequent Mac mini in 2018. My misery stays Apple no longer updating the present design with trendy chipsets and ports within the intervening time.
April 6, 2017: Phil Schiller says Mac mini stays crucial a part of Apple's lineup
As a part of an unique briefing held at Apple's campus in Cupertino, senior vice chairman Phil Schiller commented — sorta — on the way forward for Mac mini.
From Tech Crunch:
I'm going to say the Mac Mini is crucial product in our lineup and we were not bringing it up as a result of it is extra of a mixture of shopper with some professional use. So we are focusing lately particularly at the issues which are essential to execs. Whilst there are some professional utilization, there may be additionally a large number of shopper makes use of so we are not protecting it lately. The Mac Mini stays a product in our lineup, however not anything extra to mention about it lately.
April 5, 2017: Subsequent Mac mini is probably not so mini
Many of us have was hoping that Apple would change the prevailing Mac mini with extra of a Mac mini tower, entire with growth ports. That does not appear to be the path Apple's going, however there may be possible for extra tough Macs mini going ahead.
It would possibly not be so mini anymore. Neatly. The highest fashion this is.
Is the Mac mini lifeless?
Now not till Apple formally pulls the plug.
When can we see a brand new Mac mini?
Absolute best wager — 2018. That is when Apple has teased the brand new (modular) Mac Professional will make an look, a minimum of. It is conceivable Mac mini gets driven out to 2019, however the faster the simpler. For everybody.
What do you need to look in a brand new Mac mini?
Mac mini is meant to be the entry-level Mac desktop, however as MacBooks develop into the mainstream selection, there may be room to do one thing... geekier. Equipment computing is all smartly and just right however there may be additionally one thing to be mentioned for a pc than can develop with you.
Mac mini may well be each. A very simple to make use of starter gadget that may have new and higher reminiscence, drives, and in all probability even graphics that may increase over the years, if and when you wish to have them. Here is what we might like to look:
- USB C / Thunderbolt 3 ports.
- Legacy USB-A, Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, and SD card ports.
- Kaby Lake processors.
- Quad-core processor choice.
- Graphics playing cards in a position to supporting harder-core gaming and VR.
- Magic Keyboard with Contact Bar and Contact ID.
- House grey or matte black choices.
- Gold and rose gold choices. (What?!)
- Make it a mini tower — expandability, yo!
How about you?