Mac Mini Refresh Might See The Tiny Machine Grow

Posted: Apr 10 2017, 9:57am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

Apple says Mac Mini Refresh Will Happen, Offers Little Detail

No word on when exactly the refreshed Mac mini might land

If you aren't a professional user and don't care for notebooks, the best way to get into the Mac world is the Mac mini. The machine is relatively cheap, small, and works well for your typical computer users. The catch is that the Mac mini has been without an update for a long time now and we weren't sure Apple wouldn't just kill of the Mac mini.

Recently Apple's Phil Schiller talked about Apple's future plans for the Mac Pro line of computers and he announced that the tech giant is completely rethinking the Mac Pro line and will come out with an external display again to go with that updated Mac Pro. The rub was the updates aren't expected this year.

During that same chat, MacRumors reports that Schiller also talked about the long neglected Mac mini desktop computer. Schiller said, "On that I'll say the Mac Mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren't bringing it up because it's more of a mix of consumer with some pro use. … The Mac Mini remains a product in our lineup, but nothing more to say about it today."

So no details about an update, but Schiller did say the Mac mini will remain a part of Apple's lineup moving forward. This is good news for desktop fans who want macOS, but have no desire to step up to the iMac or Mac Pro. The last Mac mini update came in October 2014. Pricing on the current models range from a $499 starting point up to $999 depending on configuration. They languish with a 1.4GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 5000 graphics, and a 500GB hard drive in base versions.

A new rumor floating around about the Mac mini suggests that the little computer might get larger when the refresh does finally land. The rumor suggests that the Mac mini might get taller to accommodate improved hardware inside. It's nice that Apple hasn't decided to abandon the Mac mini, early speculation suggested that the mini might be discontinued. Fast Kaby Lake Intel processors are predicted and if the Mac mini grows larger, it might be able to shoehorn in a better GPU making it more appealing to pro users not interested in the iMac AIO.

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