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What I think Intel is doing with Iris and Iris Pro is really remarkable because it's allows Apple to longer have to require a need for the lower discrete graphics cards. Integrated graphics are no way going to compete with say the 770M, but as we're seeing with the retina MBP there is not a huge gap between that and the 750M at least to my knowledge.
Yeah I'm sure by the time I buy a new mini, the information will be out about the SSDs used in them. As for the possibility of a 2015 mini, we have to wait for the Broadwell U processors to be released first along with Iris 6100. In 2016, we have to figure out whether they will get either a Broadwell refresh (if one happens like there did with Haswell) or it goes to Skylake. By those points we will be on Iris 7100 (if it continues) and then OS X 10.11 or 10.12
Okay so the difference between the Sandisk and Samsung PCIe SSDs are not nearly as vast as Toshiba vs. Samsung a few years back? That's fine then. I'm still planning to get a new mini at some point next year.
You have to play the component lottery again? Ugh, that I hate about Apple.Could it be though that the higher capacity SSDs are from Samsung and the others the lower ones from Samdisk?
They might have offered a 37W quad core chip but I guess they didn't want to offer Intel HD 4600 only Iris Pro to not confuse people with Intel's numbering system of Intel HD 5000, Iris 5100, and Iris Pro 5200.
I have the Samsung 470 which is a SATA II SSD despite the fact that the 2011 Mac mini has a SATA III interface and I can tell you I would never ever go back to HDDs.
I would go for 16 GB of memory and an SSD if you can afford it. You will have a computer for the next 3+ years possibly in that case.
Somehow I feel that even if Apple offered a quad-core Iris Pro mini, people still would not be content and demand discrete graphics. If discrete graphics were in the mini, people would say the graphics used are not good enough. That aside, I am glad that in my 2011 mini, I got to change the RAM myself (went from 2 GB to 8 GB) however am I the only one who feels $200 is not that high of a price to play for the 16 GB upgrade? The SSD I had a bit more trouble with. I missed...
I hope this means you take advantage of CTO options if you need them. For example, if you're going to get a few years out of this iMac I would at least recommend the M295X at minimum as well as flash storage though that is not required.
I can't wait for Intel to start releasing the main mobile Broadwell processors. I would definitely like to see what's in store for the mini down the line if they upgrade it again.
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