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New Mac Minis Due to be Announced During Apple Event

By - Source: 9to5Mac | B 20 comments

Press conference will also allegedly unveil the iPad Mini and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

Next week's confirmed Apple event, which is highly rumored to be the date when the firm announces the iPad Mini, will apparently unveil another Mini product.

Sources have told 9to5Mac that a new lineup of Mac Minis will be announced in two standard configurations. They'll purportedly offer different storage and processor options, with a third model reportedly running on OS X Server.

It's expected that the new Mac Minis will begin to ship immediately after the announcement on October 23.

The last update for the Mac Mini arrived in 2010, with the device receiving an unibody aluminum enclosure, with faster processors being integrated last summer. 9to5Mac suggests that, due to the current Mac Minis running off last-generation chipsets and the lack of USB 3.0, these components should be updated in the new models.

In addition to the alleged announcement of the iPad Mini and new Mac Minis, Apple is also expected to unveil a 13-inch MacBook Pro that boasts a Retina display.

 

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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 5:53 AM
    oh joy they are going to update the mac mini, just what i was waiting for

    what other computer costs twice as much and gives you half the hardware

    at least it comes with osx and not windows 8 ;) 
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 6:22 AM
    jbx007 thinks hardware is all you get when you buy an Apple

    you get cheap OS upgrades

    The price advantage of a Windows machine disappears at the first upgrade
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    JOSHSKORN , October 17, 2012 6:24 AM
    jbx007oh joy they are going to update the mac mini, just what i was waiting forwhat other computer costs twice as much and gives you half the hardwareat least it comes with osx and not windows 8

    It may come with osx but can it run Crysis? No. Oh, I guess there's "bootcamp".
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    memadmax , October 17, 2012 6:26 AM
    One time someone gave me a mac mini...

    I stripped the hard drive out and tossed it in the trash...
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    Onihikage , October 17, 2012 6:42 AM
    memadmaxOne time someone gave me a mac mini...I stripped the hard drive out and tossed it in the trash...

    If it was new, you should have sold it. Could have bought an entire desktop for the price.
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 7:05 AM
    I bought a Mac Mini in late-2005, and it is still doing all that I bought it for: managing my media, and general end-user computing.
    Admittedly, it did have an issue with the display, it was an easy fix after taking it apart and checking the ribbon connector. After that, whenever the same issue occurred, I could always fix it with a head-butt - seriously.
    The most carefree computer I have ever had; Worth ever New Taiwan Dollar I paid for it.
    I'd sooner buy a 2nd-hand Mac than buy a new PC (but I don't usually tell anyone that).
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    CrArC , October 17, 2012 9:35 AM
    JOSHSKORNIt may come with osx but can it run Crysis? No. Oh, I guess there's "bootcamp".

    Why would you care about Crysis? You don't buy one of these to play games.

    Having said that, I've been impressed with Intel's HD4000 graphics chippery (MacBook Retina with Nvidia GPU forced off). It's a lot faster than I expected, pretty much qualifies as a basic discreet card. Maybe half as fast as the GT650M in the same laptop.

    This is only relevant assuming the new Mac Mini CPUs are Ivy Bridge parts, of course.
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    Anonymous , October 17, 2012 9:40 AM
    i was thinking it over and you know it's smart for apple to introduce new computers this fall just around the time that microsoft releases windows 8

    in fact i think that windows 8 will be apples best selling point!

    i would venture to say that apple should gain some amount of market share as over the coming months people buy new pcs and upgrade existing ones and see windows 8 in all it's epic fail.

    although i'm not an financial anything i would say over the coming year it is still a good idea to short microsoft and buy apple stock

    hopefully this will result in left overs from the last century like ballmer who have been depressing microsoft stock prices like for a decade finally being put to pasture.

    and thats a good thing for both microsoft and the rest of us who use pcs
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    captainblacko , October 17, 2012 11:28 AM
    i would love it if they stuck x2 GTX 680M's in the mac mini.
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    tipoo , October 17, 2012 1:17 PM
    Wow, that thing still comes with 2GB RAM as a base? Mountain Lion is janky as anything on that little even for casual use. The iMac seems like such a better value than the Mini, it needs to at least get a quad core and 4GB as a base.
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    john_4 , October 17, 2012 2:09 PM
    I like my Mini but it is a slightly older one (last DVD drive generation) with the DVD drive. I use it for all my old legacy PC games, run them on it under XP in a Bootcamp partition, works great.
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    john_4 , October 17, 2012 2:11 PM
    memadmaxOne time someone gave me a mac mini...I stripped the hard drive out and tossed it in the trash...

    Dunkoff, look it up.
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    freggo , October 17, 2012 2:34 PM
    john_4Dunkoff, look it up.


    Actually the spelling is wrong.
    The correct German is 'Dummkopf".
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    hate machine , October 17, 2012 2:34 PM
    Njbx007 thinks hardware is all you get when you buy an Appleyou get cheap OS upgradesThe price advantage of a Windows machine disappears at the first upgrade


    If by cheap upgrades you mean things that esentially amount to Service Packs that you have to pay for... yea OSX is way cheaper than Windows and its free Service Packs.
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    tipoo , October 17, 2012 2:36 PM
    Nyou get cheap OS upgrades



    You get a small OS update every year for a price, Windows waits a few years for a bigger update. And Windows 8 is moving to a cheaper price anyways.
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    captainblacko , October 17, 2012 2:44 PM
    freggoActually the spelling is wrong.The correct German is 'Dummkopf".


    I think you need to google dunkoff as well as it means something totally different to dummkopf you arschloch haha.
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    rosen380 , October 17, 2012 2:50 PM
    Sure, the $1199 iMac is a bit more computer [plus a built-in 21" display] than the $999 Mac Mini -- but if you are going to plug it into your TV as a media server and not use it as a desktop computer, then maybe you sacrifice some power for to have that little box in t=your entertainment center?

    Tack on, that even the low-end dual-core i5 for $599 is more than enough for media center type duties, so in that case do you really want to spend twice as much for a display you don't need and horsepower you won't use?
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    tipoo , October 17, 2012 6:11 PM
    rosen380Sure, the $1199 iMac is a bit more computer [plus a built-in 21" display] than the $999 Mac Mini -- but if you are going to plug it into your TV as a media server and not use it as a desktop computer, then maybe you sacrifice some power for to have that little box in t=your entertainment center?Tack on, that even the low-end dual-core i5 for $599 is more than enough for media center type duties, so in that case do you really want to spend twice as much for a display you don't need and horsepower you won't use?


    Even a media center would benefit from more than 2GB RAM on Mountain Lion, even a media center would benefit from an included freaking keyboard and mouse, talk about nickel and diming. The imac, with better hardware and that high end IPS display, manages to include those. It's gouging whichever way you cut it.
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    rosen380 , October 17, 2012 6:31 PM
    My single-core Atom CPU netbook with 1GB of RAM has no problem outputting video to a TV, so I'm pretty sure the i5 with 2 GB of RAM will have no trouble. Sure 4Gb would be better, you can either pay Apple $100 for that or get it for $40 online and install it yourself.

    I'm not saying that it is some great bargain; you can do a mini ITX build for probably $300-400 [don't forget to buy your OS license :) ], but I'm also not going to say that it is a bargain to spend $600 more to get an extra 2GB RAM and a faster CPU that typically won't be needed and a display you don't need [and may actually be a negative if you are trying to put this in an entertainment center and have limited space].

    I agree that it'd be really nice if Apple could toss in a keyboard and mouse :) 
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    rosen380 , October 17, 2012 6:41 PM
    With a wireless keyboard and mouse and upgraded to 4GB of RAM, the current Mac Mini comes out to $767; so we're still talking $432 extra to get a faster CPU [that you may or may not need] and a 21" TFT [not IPS] non-removable display [that you might not want].