There is a purpose to it. The same reason that the Xbox one and PS4 were previewed before their launch. Games take time to code. And we've known for awhile that gaming would be part of the new Apple TV mix.
Is this a rumour? Hadn't heard that Minis were slated to be produced in the homeland. I would have thought that cost concerns on this line and ease of shipping the smaller units would mean assembly in China.
I don't believe it's been forgotten. I firmly believe Apple is planning an update, I'm just confused as to why what should be a fairly simple redesign is taking so long. The new tech seems to be available, so it's a question of what else Apple is waiting on. For example, I understand the delay in updating the Thunderbolt Display. Cook is a channel supply guy, and he's waiting on a 4K panel that can be used profitably in both the TB Display and the upper end iMac, to...
We're on Day 38 of the New Year, and the new Mini hasn't arrived yet.
The changes would seem to be pretty standard: Remove the FW port, add HDMI2, TB2 and the AC version of Wi-Fi, shrink the form factor. [And please keep the ability to add RAM later!] I personally think they'll remove the SDXC card slot too.
Why is this taking so long?
Edit: This article mentions some of the smaller form factors the next Mini will be up against.
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I'm not so sure about that. The 'installer' market I referred to includes people setting the machine up as home automation and office servers.There were enough of these customers that Apple introduced a dedicated server model.
I wonder how serious Apple is about its Mac Pro Apps division.
You have to figure that picking up Pixelmator and Quark right now would be cheap.
If they worked their traditional pricing magic and reduced Quark to $399., suddenly whether Adobe supports the Mac or not would be an afterthought.