Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon.
Well, the fact that you can probably run the forthcoming 'sexa-Mac Pro' 12 hard cores through a '27.5' inch iMac is a state of things to come. You basically turbo your prosumer workstation with the 'render farm' Pro box.
It doesn't look like the 'mid tower' is coming. But it's not like they can't fit it in their line up. The Mac Mini is still under powered and expensive to me. STILL no discrete gpu and where's the quad core option? At least offer the option. And if it's too small...make a bigger special edition one.
It's not like Apple's desktop options are overcrowded with choice.
Lemon Bon Bon.
You're not just paying for hardware in the case of any Apple. Their machines come with a decent software package and Apple has been less greedy over the years when it comes to their OS. You don't have various grades of the OS, some costing ridiculous amounts of money. There's one OS and it costs less to keep up with the latest version than it does keeping up in the PC world.
Granted, the Mini is still underpowered for the needs of some but with each version that number keeps on shrinking. Instead of looking at this in relative terms, i.e. what do you get spec-wise vs. a similarly priced PC, it needs to be looked at in the context of what the heck are you going to do with the machine, once you set it up. In the case of the current Mini, the answer is quite a lot, especially if you do what I did, namely hook up a 7200 RPM terabyte drive via Firewire 800.
It may be true that the Mini will always be a step or two behind in terms of its core technology but when that technology reaches the performance levels that get the job done, what does it matter? Looking ahead, bringing up the rear the Mini will come with quad-core chips and not as an expensive option but rather as part of the basic configuration. No doubt even quad-core will be tame compared to what a Mini circa 2014 will be based on. While it might seem outrageous now, there will come a time when performance levels in the Mini form factor will surpass what will soon be available in the Mac Pro line. My current Mini is far superior to the then state-of-the-art tower I bought a few years back. Sunk $7,000 Cdn. into the thing and got a couple hundred when I traded it in back in '06. The Mini that cost me less than $700, meanwhile, I just traded in for roughly half the original cost and it had more horsepower than the $7,000 tower (the original dual-core G4).
Truth is that right now, most amateurs can get by with the latest Mini. I'm doing tons of Photoshop, working on an HD video, etc. I'd love more speed, sure, but it's getting the job done rather well, all things considered. In about three or four years time I'll likely be able to trade my latest Mini in, get a decent dollar for it, and pick up a Mini with a lot more horsepower. I'll be able to do this for less than $1,000. From where I sit, life is good for Mac customers like me, much better than the days of $7,000 towers.