Originally Posted by Zlyden
And the real reason why Apple could decide to kill mini may be the "Leopard". This beast probably is just too power-hungry for Mac mini with "512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive" (Time Machine that eats big chunks of hard drive, etc...).
Upgrading minimal configuration of Mac mini to at least 1 GB RAM and 120-160 GB Hard Drive will make it cost $200 (?) more for Apple and end-users -- "sub $1000" instead of "a bit more than $500". Not competitive, not attractive for switchers (like a lot of guys here may say).
I don't know if I buy into Leopard being the culprit in the Mac Mini's alleged death (actually, it was Colonel Mustard in the study with the candlestick...
Seriously though, I don't know that you have to have a 120 GB drive, minimum, to run Leopard well. If so, then even the very recently-updated MacBooks are going to have problems, as at the low-end they have only 80 GB hard drives. Would Apple make Leopard THAT exclusive, so that only the very very VERY latest hardware can run it well (in this case, a future
revision of the MacBook)? They don't seem to have a history of doing so.
The 1GB of RAM ('Recommended') to run Leopard well scenario I do buy, but even then, the cost is minimal. Yeah, the Apple Store charges $75 to bring your Mini up from 512 MB of RAM to 1GB, but those are rip-off prices
. Go to ramseeker.com, and the true price delta will shock you... for example, most folks agree that Crucial carries some pretty nice RAM, yet the price difference between their 512 MB chip for the Mini and 1GB is only $18 (!).
So the Apple Store marks it up 300%... wow, nice work if you can get it.
Even if you someway, somehow needed a 'beeg' HD to run Leopard, the price delta going from a 60 GB notebook drive (what's in the Mini currently) to a 120 GB notebook drive is far less than the $150 Apple would charge you to upgrade... its more like $50.
So, if the Mini really IS dead, I'm not putting it on Leopard. I'd say its either:
1) Apple reverting to its 'bad old ways' and deciding that, while they're making money off the Mini, they just aren't making enough
money off the Mini (and the 17" iMac as well), and they're just going to kill off anything sub-$1000 in their lineup, because, well, they can.
2) Apple has something interesting coming along soon to replace the Mac Mini, such as a new Cube, or even a range of minitowers.
I'd hope for #2, but, knowing Apple, it could just as easily be #1, which would mean that Apple's treating many potential switchers and existing fans who are price-sensitive like #2... if you get my drift.