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I'm looking to buy a quad-core Mac Mini.  It seems like the logical choice given the choices.  Waiting for Broadwell would put us once again at the end of the list because there's no way they'd bring a new chip out in the Mini before the other Macs.  The current Mini can be built with 16GB memory, which is also the choice I'd make for RAM.  I'm pretty sure any of their graphics cards would do well with the Apple 30" Cinema Display, so I don't think there'd be an issue...
Tim Cook says he hasn't given up on the Mac, but that doesn't mean that he's including the Mini in that.  It seems that the only Macs they focus on are the laptops, the iMac and the new Mac Pro.  It's been so long now that I'm actually bummed out that it's being forgotten.  It's the only headless Mac that the mere mortal can afford, and it's being ignored by Apple.  They can't make money on something they refuse to update with current hardware.  
 This is personal opinion here, and highly skewed toward a user who's been with Apple since System 7.  Now that the disclaimer has been said, I do personally hold Ive accountable here because while I believe Tim Cook is an effective CEO and knows more about logistics than all the rest of us combined, I do not get a sense that he's directly involved, as Steve was, in design.  Ive, however, is the main man when it comes to engineers.  I know there are multitudes under him,...
The concern at this point centers on form factor redesign and inclusion of Haswell or Broadwell.  Considering that 2013 failed to see an update to the Mac Mini, and its form factor has not seen alteration while all other Macs have, I would hope that significant attention will be paid to the only headless Mac under $3k.     I've been waiting for quite some time.  Perhaps the Mac Mini has been relegated to the same status as the iPod, to be forgotten and dismissed by...
I'm waiting until the Haswell Mac Mini comes out to replace my aging Mac Pro.  To be honest with you, I'm hoping that there'll be a new form factor to the Mac Mini taking it closer to the shape of the new AirPort Extreme.  I used to own a G4 Cube and while most disliked them, I loved mine and used it until it died.  While it wouldn't be the same as the Cube, it would be reminiscent of it in my opinion.  We might not get a new form factor, but TB2 and Haswell are what I'm...
When Apple hired David Rice I knew it was all over.  The NSA didn't need outside help when Apple hires a man from the NSA (also a Navy Analyst) to be it's "Security Czar".  They made sure that there was no such thing as security for any of us.  I'm sure David Rice is thrilled that nothing we do with our Macs is secure, and iCloud is likely a dream come true for him.  I don't trust for a moment that he has our best interests at heart here.  
The problem I see is that Mac Mini shouldn't be in competition with iMac on any level.  They aren't the same.  iMac is an all in one, which is great if you don't already have awesome displays and see the built-in display in the iMac as pointless, and a waste of money.  The Mac Pro is a revolutionary design, with a huge price tag.  My Mac is long in the tooth and doesn't run any of the currently offered apps with the exception of iTunes.  I'm going to wait until the end of...
No luck for a new Mac Mini.  My Mac Pro is so old that none of the new Apple software will run on it.  I can no longer afford to buy a new Mac Pro, so my only option is the Mac Mini.  I have a 30" Cinema Display, making an iMac pointless to buy when I already have a fantastic monitor.    I don't need a server.  I need a desktop that won't annihilate my budget and doesn't have a screen built in that I see no sense in paying additional for.  It's a little depressing being in...
I've seen my share of change, as my first experience on a Mac was System 7.  I know there's change, and you're absolutely right, I didn't care for them as well - but they weren't nearly as bright as what they were replaced with.  I'm not sure that they will dial down the brightness of the colors and the flood of white.  I've written Tim Cook about this issue as I think it's something many people don't like about the OS.  I've given it time, and while I enjoy the...
I admit that I like the additional functionality in the OS, yet the bright whites and the bright colors are really annoying to me personally.  With no way to change these colors, or to dial down the bright background in iTunes11, it appears that the OS designers are more interested in everything being bright for them, while discarding the opinions of users who'd prefer a more earth-tone palette.  It's nice that people who want that brightness can have it, but what is...
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