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post #81 of 95
I echo your statement wizard. We need Haswell minis in my view.
post #82 of 95
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I echo your statement wizard. We need Haswell minis in my view.

At least one model needs to be Haswell with Iris graphics. All the silence though has me suspecting that we will get something different from Apple. We only have a couple days to go and have yet to hear squat about the Mini. That is highly unusual to say the least.
post #83 of 95
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My curiosity about what is about to happen to the Mini continues to grow. I'm still expecting a new device of some sort. The lack of interest with respect to the Mini is saddening.

I don't expect a new Mini at this event, but I think when it is updated it will be a bigger update than usual. Other companies have caught up too much (e.g. the Intel NUC lineup) and Apple doesn't like that. And Haswell should enable a smaller enclosure anyway. I am thinking the next Mini is going to be something shocking (shockingly good), such as 50% thinner.

post #84 of 95
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I don't expect a new Mini at this event, but I think when it is updated it will be a bigger update than usual. Other companies have caught up too much (e.g. the Intel NUC lineup) and Apple doesn't like that. And Haswell should enable a smaller enclosure anyway. I am thinking the next Mini is going to be something shocking (shockingly good), such as 50% thinner.

Bleh thinner... hate the obsession with thinness. And at 50%? Just provide Iris graphics and flash storage and leave it at that. Keep it simple.
post #85 of 95
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If you’re not buying the new device, no. That’s just stupid.

We are talking about android fans here....

post #86 of 95
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I don't expect a new Mini at this event, but I think when it is updated it will be a bigger update than usual.
I just think the timing is right. Intel is shipping the right chips and something is needed to spur sales.
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Other companies have caught up too much (e.g. the Intel NUC lineup) and Apple doesn't like that.
Well a lot of companies copy Apple. I think the bigger issue is that the demand for these low performance desktops has gone south. As such, I see Apple going in a direction where the Mini or its replacement is a more powerful machine.
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And Haswell should enable a smaller enclosure anyway. I am thinking the next Mini is going to be something shocking (shockingly good), such as 50% thinner.

Haswell is interesting because I can see Apple using its power advantages and Iris Pro to deliver a new class of Mini. That in either the same box or a new design.
post #87 of 95
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I think the bigger issue is that the demand for these low performance desktops has gone south. As such, I see Apple going in a direction where the Mini or its replacement is a more powerful machine.

That's an interesting idea, I hadn't considered they might change direction. People buying iPad instead. There is still the SOHO server application that you can't really use an iPad for.

 

In terms of hobbyist buying to put in their car type computers (which was one original buyer of the mini so many years ago) people have another option these days too - the Raspberry Pi and other tiny ARM based computers.

post #88 of 95
I'm thinking once Broadwell or Skylake hits, then the time to go thinner will make much more sense. I think we can squeeze one more year out of the current design.
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I want a Mac Mini with an iPad dock built in. When I get back from clients, or working on the road, I simply dock my iPad and 1) Mac Mini has direct access to content so that I can open, move, share. 2) iPad can still be used for apps, music or iChat. 

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That's an interesting idea, I hadn't considered they might change direction. People buying iPad instead. There is still the SOHO server application that you can't really use an iPad for.
The Mini just doesn't impress me as a SOHO server. Even so it doesn't need a great deal of improvement or overhaul to make it a better platform for a SOHO server.
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In terms of hobbyist buying to put in their car type computers (which was one original buyer of the mini so many years ago) people have another option these days too - the Raspberry Pi and other tiny ARM based computers.

Interesting you should mention those little single board computers. It is an alternative that Apple has now to produce such small computing devices that would allow them to clobber the Intel world. One of the big problems with the single board ARM world is the lack of anybody setting a hardware standard. If Apple could set a hardware standard it might give ARM a little more traction in the I86 replacement business.
post #91 of 95

When will these processors start to appear in the Mac Mini's?

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When will these processors start to appear in the Mac Mini's?

Well everyone is hoping tomorrow. If not tomorrow at least a release date is revealed. We have less than 24 hours to go and we have heard zip, not even a rumor about a Mini upgrade or replacement so who knows.
post #93 of 95
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Originally Posted by Richard Getz View Post
 

I want a Mac Mini with an iPad dock built in. When I get back from clients, or working on the road, I simply dock my iPad and 1) Mac Mini has direct access to content so that I can open, move, share. 2) iPad can still be used for apps, music or iChat. 

 

I once wrote Apple suggesting a mid sized desktop computer that had docks on top for iPods and iPhones. Would always know where your iPhone was.

My family plugs the chargers in all over the house and then can't remember where they left their iPhone.

post #94 of 95
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Frankly, I do not expect any major changes to the iPad mini, especially no Retina display upgrade. It's unnecessary as a lower priced iPad option which effectively replaced the low-end first-gen iPad.

My best guess is that they'll adopt the same strategy as the full-size iPad, namely keep the original Mini but at a lower price point and introduce a premium retina iPad Mini (hopefully with an A7x processor).

post #95 of 95

Everything is a secret with Apple you know this I presume.

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