Originally Posted by hmm
I'm starting to wonder about that, but obviously this wouldn't happen anytime soon. You'd have a lot of design work to even attempt to construct something of the macbook air class and up from ARM.
Apple has ARM right where they want them. There is no sign that they will be able to compete with Intel any time soon. If you look at Ivy Bridge Intel now out performs ARM on a per watt basis.
Right now I'm a little displeased with Apple. I like the use of an IPS display. I pretty much dislike everything else. They're very careful about limiting specs, and I don't compare solely to Windows.
My response to WWDC is highly mixed. I actually like the new laptops, but if you are in the market for a desktop you basically got screwed again. If Apple follows past practices that means another castrated Mini, we already know what happened to the Mac Pro.
I look at what is offered against what is recommended for specific software. It's a little bit annoying when I look at the available machines and don't see anything I want to purchase once the newness factor wears off and I look at the configurations themselves. I'm quite disappointed that there's no real update on the mac pro end. The behavior suggests they don't know what to do with it given the lack of updated cpus (even without thunderbolt given the custom work required there) alongside the lack of cancellation. It's weird leaving a product in stasis that long only to release an update with the same hardware.
After a bit of cooling off I'm really hoping that Apple does have a plan to replace the Mac Pro with something modern. If that machine comes in early 2013 it might change my opinion of Apple and it's attitude towards the desktop. If it is just another Sandy Bridge E machine I will not be happy at all. It isn't that I need a Mac Pro it is just that like you I'm tired of having to buy a laptop to get the right performance mix. It shouldn't be a problem for Apple to deliver a Mini like machine with performance approaching a Mac Pro.
I remembered this, but you weren't expecting NVidia at the time. You were hoping Ivy Bridge graphics would be enough for you to retire your current mini. Also you're right, they always do the laptops first. The rumors regarding now mini or imac updates this year are either crap or poorly interpreted. It could have been no redesigned models morphed into no updates as it filtered through the rumor mill.
I'm not sure what you base that on. If true that the Mini doesn't get updated this year then Apple really has fallen off the deep end relative to desktop users. It would be just another slight against desktop users especially when Ivy Bridge or Trintiy would be ideal in the Mini.
I don't think quality control and reliability are at a point where this makes me comfortable. The batter is glued in. The hard drive is soldered.
The hard drive plugs inform what I can see. The design though doesn't bother me, on average it should lead to far better reliability on average. It is solidly constructed. Sure it sucks if you end up with a machine that fails, but for the rest of the user community they can keep on trucking.
These are two of the most likely repairs. I'm wondering if they still do battery replacements on these. On the last ones it was $150 or so. It's important as batteries have a finite life, and given the slowing rate of advancements in computers for the masses today, such an expensive purchase should be able to last a while. Dead drive should not mean they basically replace the entire logic board.
Well the drive is plugged in so that is good. For the battery they might have to replace the shell depending upon the glue used. Again this isn't good if your battery fails but is good for the users needing rugged. As long as Apple doesn't screw us by saying no battery replacements after 4 years or some such nonsense we should be OK.