Originally Posted by GavinScrimgeour
Apple canny be that daft to launch an ageing system with essentially the same dimensions as the inferior model.
Remember the Mac Mini and it's unchanged exterior has been out since the iMac G4 - I mind seeing them in PCWrld at the time.
That's pure ancient!
Okay - it's as good as read, the interior will mirror the spec of the macbook however......
I reckon - like I've said before, the exterior will be dramatically different. From as stylistic point of view (which Apple are quite up on) they have to change the look of it. Don't tell me they are going to keep the same measurements so it's easier to stack a dozen of them to create the cyberdyne system!
Nah, Nah, it's going to be wee'r and slimmer and...................... Bloody Hell Apple, just bring the flamin machine out!
To me the mini all about bang for the buck. It's not a case of buying it because it's so new and different.
The value proposition is that you pay around $700 Cdn. and get for that money the latest iLife suite, a new OS (if you're smart enough to wait for it to come out) and, oh yes, a computer. Considering it's fairly common for hard drives to go after about 3 years, picking up a system that has a new drive in it, updated software that would run a couple of hundred to purchase separately, and an inevitable boost in performance, that's a good deal.
In light of this, do you really think that I care if the mini I pick up a few months from now is a radical departure from the one I bought two years ago in terms of its appearance? All I care about is that I get my new hard drive, the updated software and a computer that does a decent job.
I know that performance-wise this machine will be quite solid because worst case Apple will go the 9400M route for the GPU and that alone will make a difference. I'm sure the processor will have a little more muscle and 2Gs of RAM will come standard, which is certainly enough for my needs. And when the new OS ships, that alone will bring performance improvements, so I'm sure the machine will be quite capable.
Add all that up and I would imagine Apple will have no trouble selling these things at around the same price point as the current mini. In today's economic climate it's quite the feat to maintain sales and the price but I do think Apple can do that. It's not as if Apple needs to lose sleep over some competitor bringing out a cooler machine than the mini in that Apple is the only company that can offer iLife and OS X. If you want to run Apple software on a desktop and you have to budget for less than $1,000, the mini is the only game in town.
I suspect a major change in form factor is a few years away and will come when solid state drives are much less expensive. For now, give me a familiar-looking product that features the new iLife, 9400M graphics, a streamlined OS, more memory, a little more horsepower, bring it in for well under $1,000 and all is right with the world.