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Sigh...  You hit the nail on the head regarding the Osborne Effect, then add this gratuitous silliness.  Sure, technically, there is a possibility that the iPhone, iPad, and Mac are dead so that Apple can concentrate on iPods.  However, like the dead Mini idea, the possibility is so remote that's silly to bring it up.  The Mac Mini will be dead when either the Mac is dead or desktops are dead.  Apple will not kill the Mini just because it doesn't meet the needs of one...
This story has an extremely misleading introduction.  Apple are not "partly" to blame.  Apple are entirely to blame.   When the hacker was unable to answer the security questions, the tech support employee should have put the hacker on hold, phoned Mat Honan's iPhone, and asked if he had just phoned Apple tech support to change his iCloud password.
I would rather have last year's Mini.
No, I mean people who are evidently happy to buy a MacBook Pro with 4GB (expandable to 8GB) but claim that they would never buy any computer with RAM soldered directly to the motherboard -- even though 16GB models are available.  The "repairability" issue seems overstated to me.
I don't believe yields for Retina Displays will improve fast enough for a Retina iMac to be possible in 2012.  The only additional Retina Mac I expect in 2012 is the 13" MacBook Pro.  All the other Macs will probably have to wait for 2013 to get Retina Displays.
I'm amused by the posters over the last year who are quite willing to buy a machine with 4GB of RAM expandable to 8GB maximum but who swear they would never buy a machine with 16GB that is not expandable.
See above.  Price, performance, reliability, and space.     Do you want the RAM soldered to the motherboard in your iPhone?
Switching from SO-DIMMs to directly soldered DRAM means fewer components and, more important perhaps, fewer manufacturing steps.  These improve both price and reliability.  Future JEDEC specs will offer higher bandwidth and lower latency by requiring direct soldering of DRAM chips onto the same board as the CPU.  The difference in space is negligible compared to the advancements in integration.  Just dropping FireWire support probably frees up enough marginal space on the...
We've been over this before.  The advantages of soldered RAM are: price, performance, reliability, and space.  I grant that space is less of a constraint in the Mini compared to the MacBooks.     The rMBP does not have SO-DIMMs soldered to the motherboard.  Take a look at the motherboard of a Mini.  The connector for the SO-DIMMs takes up nearly as much space as 16 DRAM chips soldered directly to the motherboard and even more space if the soldered DRAM chips were stacked...
If you're referring to me, what I suggested was the Thunderbolt plus USB2 would suffice and that Apple might not support USB3 to further the strategic objective of wider Thunderbolt adoption.  My prediction was wrong.  On the other hand, my prediction that the 2012 MacBook Pro would have the RAM soldered directly on the motherboard was correct.   I'm hoping that Apple will drop the SO-DIMM slots on the Mac Mini and offer 8GB as the baseline soldered directly onto the...
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