Stop the presses, we have a new Mac mini rumor. Well, at least the germination of a rumor. According to Mark Gurman and Debbie Wu of Bloomberg, Apple plans "a professional upgrade to the Mac mini desktop later this year" and "new memory and processor options will probably make it more expensive than previous versions." 19659002] These are a lot of words that we say nothing at all. While Gurman basically confirms Ming Chi-Kuo's earlier report that the boring mini will get an update this year, it leaves a lot of gaps to fill in between now and its release, probably sometime in the middle – until late fall , Although he is right with the new pro focus, everything else about the new Mac mini remains a mystery.
But if Apple really redefines the Mac mini, there are a few things that it must necessarily take up when Apple hopes it
A starting price of under $ 1
Gurman points out that the new one Mac mini will cost more than now, which would be useful if Apple aimed at professional users. But with every other Mac in Apple's lineup starting at $ 1,000, the current Mac mini plays an important role, even if Apple does not sell as many of them as before. If Apple praises the Mac mini too much, it is lost when mixing the iMacs and MacBook Pro.
Besides, not every professional is willing to spend thousands of dollars on a new PC. Nobody would complain about a sophisticated Mac mini of $ 1,500 unless Apple forgets the tip of the tiny headless PC. With a current starting price of $ 499, Apple has some leeway, but the Mac mini needs at least one configuration to stay under $ 1,000 – and hopefully much lower than that.
High-end BTU options
Apple shocked Neinsayer by including Intel's latest Core i9 silicone as a BTO option in the new MacBook Pro. And if the new Mac mini targets the same audience, the best chips must be an option, even if the price rises to more than $ 2,000.
Of course everything will be an upgrade from the current Haswell processors, but if the Mac mini is packed with the best possible processor, it's a machine that can be positioned next to MacBook Pros in an Apple Store. We've seen how great this Core i7 AMD RX Vega M GPU pairing is in the equally tiny Intel Hades Canyon, and we'd like to see what it can do in a Mac mini to allow for thermals and other packaging considerations.
A full set of ports
The 4-year-old Mac mini may lack power, but it makes up for it Connections:
- Two Thunderbolt 2
- Four USB 3 ports
- Gigabit Ethernet
- SDXC Card Slot
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Apple is not quite as popular in 2018 ports, however. The MacBooks have much fewer ports that they had a few years ago, and when the Mac mini shrinks (which is almost certain), Apple will be tempted to deposit a few ports to keep things slim and slim. This would be a big mistake. If they do not fit on the back, they should throw a few on the front for easy access. More would be nice, but do not give us less ports – and whatever you do, please do not throw down the headphone jack.
A Portable Design
Back in 2005, the Mac mini was a marvel of minimalist minimalism in 2018. Its 7.7-inch footprint is no longer impressive. The current Mac mini is light enough to fit in a pocket, but compared to the Apple TV, it's a real monster. So if Apple wants to redesign the interior of the Mac mini, the case could also use a facelift. Intel has done some interesting things with its 4X4-inch Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini-PCs, and a Mac mini with a similar form factor would be the ultra-portable machine we've always wanted. It's not just about getting thinner or smaller. With a new Mac mini, Apple has the opportunity to inspire us with new ways.
When the Mac mini hit the market in 2005, it had a decent trick. There was a small door on the bottom that could be opened to install more RAM. Like the rest of its products, Apple has removed the updatability of the user with the 2014 update. But if Apple wants to make the Mac mini a real professional calculator, he has to bring it back.
And not just RAM, but also memory. Apple could be inspired by Intel's NUC boxes, which sell the bare essentials users need, and simply upgrade them after purchase. While I do not expect Apple to replace the processor or graphics card (we have the Blackmagic eGPU for it), the mini-processor would be much more attractive to professionals and tinkerers than it is now.