Originally Posted by mrtotes
I think the Mini will be quietly dropped in the Autumn to be replaced by the xMac at MWSF 09
Nah I don't see it happening now. MW 08 was the only chance they had. By 09, it won't be necessary as they'll have quad core iMacs, Macbooks and MBPs, possibly even with cheaper SSD as options. I actually don't think the Mini will die out, it will just get dragged along at the back.
The only reason that it mattered now was because they could use the 2.4 GHz Core 2 quad and give old G4 tower owners an easy upgrade path.
Graphics cards, Ram, HD speeds and capacity along with quad core 2 GHz+ mobile chips will be more than enough for people that an xMac simply won't offer any advantages other than possibly PCI slots. For the amount of people who use those, it's not worth another product when used Mac Pros will be under £1000 by 2009.
I'll probably get a refurb entry level Macbook Pro near 2009 which will have faster than an 8600M GT GPU and 4 processors with 2GB Ram minimum for around £1000. I'm still not happy because it means I'm still not going to get to buy another Mac for about a year whereas I would have easily put out £1000 on an xMac after MW 08. I have it sitting in the bank waiting to be spent. It isn't going on a stupid iMac or Macbook that's for sure.
I would get a MBP now but I just don't feel right about spending that much on a dual processor given that I already have a dual processor. I'd really be paying for a GPU and portability I don't need. I could get a PC quad core but I don't really want to migrate to Windows. Sigh, more waiting.