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The market appears to be there for a $499 Mac mini, so the the only two questions left is whether Apple wants to enter that price-point again, or is capable of manufacturing a machine for that price. It certainly managed to build them right up to about last Tuesday when it finally replaced the $499 Mac mini with this new design.
Apple is already going to lose more valuable iMac sales to Mini sales as the new minis have very high bang for the buck.
And did Apple lose the edu market to Chromebooks or Google Docs? You aren't going to beat $200 chromebooks with a $500 Mac when the $300 iPads can't make a significant dent.
pakitt said:The Mac Mini was launched and intended as an affordable Mac option for migrating PC users to the macOS world. The basic version was less than 500$. It seems that everybody forgets that. Now the Mini is clearly something else. It is not the "most affordable Mac desktop" anymore. Period. The price, the specs, everything indicates their strategy for this product has radically changed. You want an "affordable" Mac? get an iOS iPad/iPhone. macOS for the "masses"? None for you.
Your comment is demonstrably wrong.
tylersdad said:StrangeDays said:toxicman said:Seriously! A fully configured Mac Mini without keyboard, mouse and monitor is over $4299!
for what? I7 6 core, with 64gb ram and a 1.5tb SSD. That’s a $1800 PC. Come on apple. Get real.
Oh, you’re just whining about price. Would it make you feel better if Apple didn’t offer that top-tier? If everyone of all income-levels had to buy the same exact lower-tier machine? Would that make it better?
$1849 - 21.5" 4K iMac 3.6GHz Quad Core i7 w/ 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 555 2GB DDR5
$1774 - 28" 4K Samsung UHD monitor ($295) Mac mini 3.2GHz Hexa Core i7 ($1229) w/16GB RAM (Amazon $150), logitech keyboard/mouse ($100) and 256GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 630
$2224- 28" 4K Samsung UHD monitor ($295) Mac mini 3.2GHz Hexa Core i7 ($1229) w/16GB RAM (Amazon $150), logitech keyboard/mouse ($100) and 256GB SSD, Sonnet eGFX 550W ($270) + Radeon RX560 4GB DDR5 ($180)
$2599 - 27" 5K iMac 4.2GHz Quad Core i7 w/16GB RAM and 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 575 4GB DDR5
Base iMac comparison
$1049 21.5" iMac 2.3GHz Dual Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1920x1080 Display, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
$1100 24" Mac mini 3.6 Ghz Quad Core i3, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, ViewSonic 2560x1440 IPS Display ($221), Logitiech Keyboard & Mouse $100, Intel UHD Graphics 630
The Mac Mini is priced very reasonably.
If you think the Mac mini is "ridiculously overpriced" then Macs simply aren't for you. I would suggest this forum is more your speed: https://www.dell.com/community/
All of this price whining is just stupid. The Mac mini sits between the two iMacs in both price and performance. If Apple releases the mini on a regular basis then it becomes a much better deal than the iMac since you get to reuse the monitor, keyboard and mouse.
smartmammal said:So, they went from a base-priced Mac Mini of $499 to a base-priced Mac Mini of $799 (and no one with any sense would buy one with 128GB of storage)? I realize they beefed them up considerably, but at that price-point, I just don't see it being a choice over an iMac or a portable.
The 21.5" iMac 3.6Ghz Quad core with 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD is $1999.
Yeah, I'd pick the mini even given the iMac comes with a Radeon Pro 555. I use the Sony with my MacPro 15" and it's freaking awesome as a monitor.
The Sonnet eGFX 550W is down to $270 on B&H. A RX560 with 4GB DDR5 is $180. So call it around $450 for a eGPU. So $2500 for a 6 core i7 Mac with a decent GPU.
That's on par with the 27" iMac 4.2Ghz Quad Core i7 at $2599 and a Redoan Pro 575 with 4GB DDR5.
Slower 6 core vs faster 4 core. Larger screen with less resolution (4K vs 5K). Both can upgrade RAM but not SSD.
Yeah, I'd get that over the 27" iMac as well.