What’s Up With the Mac Mini?
At Apple’s October 22nd event, my friends and I were absolutely sure that they would refresh the Mac mini, but that didn’t happenThe Mac Mini has, since its launch in 2005, has always been the entry level Mac. I know for my family, it was the perfect first Mac. With a price under $1,000, it is easily the most affordable Mac. So I ask the question, why didn’t Apple update the Mac Mini at their event?
The market for PC’s has slowly been sliding with the introduction and refinement of tablets. Apple sold under 20 million Macs in the 2012 fiscal year, as apposed to 15.43 million iPads in their first quarter of fiscal year 2012 alone. It’s kind of obvious where the majority of the attention would be.
The Mac Mini is literally a repackaged Macbook Pro. Same circuit board, just refitted. Same RAM. Same Specs (except for the new Haswell Processors). The problem with the Mac Mini is that there just isn’t the market for it. Casual Mac users will typically buy a Macbook Air or Pro because of the portability, and Pro users, are going to buy either an iMac or a new Mac Pro. The Mac Mini just hasn’t evolved with the desktop users in terms of features and power. The current Mac Mini is still sporting Intel’s HD Graphics 4000, which are a joke for anyone wanting to do any video or photo editing.
Desktop users these days are typically the people who need power. The Mac Mini just doesn’t provide the power at an enticing price anymore. If you were to buy a Mac Mini with the same specs and an iMac, it comes within a few hundred dollars, plus you still need to buy a display, or use the crappy one in the basement. With the iMac, you get an amazing display, keyboard, and mouse or trackpad. There is no more use for the current Mac Mini in a semi Pro setting.
Then again, Apple has been known to amaze us, like with the iMacs last year. They tend to breath new life into old product lines. Let me know what you guys think down in the comments.
For your’ convenience I have embedded a video of David and his dad unboxing a Mac Mini… Classic J-Puff… =)