Originally Posted by TheOtherGeoff
Originally Posted by pmz
Don't tease me. Every single day I lie in wait for a mini update. My 2012 model sorely needs more performance.
Real CPU performance improvements is likely a delay until Broadwell. Like stated in other threads, 10% CPU performance improvements isn't a reason for an upgrade (you could get more, but you'd lose the heat/power envelope that the Mini is exploiting now with the lower end chips).
Unless it's a 'everything else' upgrade (Graphics, MB, Memory, TB, Networking), I doubt Apple would spend the engineering bandwidth for just a CPU perf upgrade.
I'm holding out for a totally new design, in a mini tower (Airport Extreme footprint), but 1/2 height, broadwell based, fanless). I'd be seeing the entire Apple home line moving into this footprint, in black, to align with the Mac Pro at the top and the AppleTV at the bottom.
That's my baseless rumor and I'm sticking to it...
I hope they don't change the design of the mini too much!
The Mac mini is still one of the most cost-effective ultra-small form factor computers out there, even among PCs. They are great for Digital Signage applications and are easily mounted behind/adjacent to a display or rack-mounted. (You can get two minis side-by-side in 1RU).
When the combination of compact size and performance is required, what you get from "industrial PCs" (which are by and large sourced from a number of no-name vendors), costs a surprising amount when you factor in RAM, HD, and OS (these are not always included in base price).
But it would be nice to get an update. My "cost effectiveness" argument is a just a little bit tougher these days.