It’s been nearly 4 years since we final noticed a serious replace to the Mac mini, however there's hope that we might certainly see a brand new Mac mini in 2018.
Whereas we don’t have any official indication of when – or even when – a Mac mini 2018 is coming from Apple, based mostly on the rumors we’ve heard – and what we are able to study from earlier Mac mini releases – we are able to speculate on the discharge date, value and options of the brand new Mac mini.
Apple didn’t launch a brand new Mac mini in 2017, which disillusioned many individuals, however Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner himself has reiterated Apple’s help of the Mac mini, so there’s hope we’ll see it this 12 months.
Reduce to the chase
- What’s it? A brand new model of Apple’s compact Mac
- When is it out? As early as March 2018?
- What is going to it price? Hopefully across the value of earlier fashions
Mac mini 2018 launch date
As with different upcoming Apple merchandise, we haven’t acquired a stable launch date for the Mac mini 2018. Rumors have been skinny on the bottom as effectively, so we’re going to have to make use of a little bit of hypothesis in terms of the potential launch date.
The earlier Mac mini was launched approach again on October 16, 2014, which might inform us two issues. To begin with, it means the Mac mini is de facto overdue for an replace, so 2018 is the perfect 12 months to launch a brand new Mac mini.
It might additionally imply that October 2018 is a probable launch date, if Apple needs to stay to custom. Nevertheless, with 2014 being so way back, we don’t suppose Apple could be that involved about sticking to an October launch, and as of late Apple is especially specializing in new iPhones throughout that a part of the 12 months.
Apple’s WWDC 2018 occasion might be one other probability for Apple to announce the brand new Mac mini. WWDC occasions are often held in early June, and final 12 months’s convention noticed the reveal of the HomePod and a brand new iPad Professional 12.9 and iPad Professional 10.5. This was additionally when Apple revealed iOS 11 and watchOS four.
If June 2018 feels too distant, then Apple might have one thing deliberate for round March, because it has revealed new merchandise round that point prior to now. We’ll control any rumors and replace this text as quickly as we get a clearer concept of when the Mac mini 2018 might be launched.
Mac mini 2018 value
Once more, we haven’t heard a lot concerning the potential value of the Mac mini 2018 simply but, however that’s to be anticipated, as pricing rumors often start to flow into nearer to the discharge date.
So, for the second we’re going to have to take a position on the worth based mostly on earlier Mac minis. The present Mac mini was launched in 2014 in three configurations.
The bottom spec Mac mini price $499 (£399, round AU$650), with the center Mac mini costing price $699 (£569, round AU$900) and the top-of-the vary Mac mini got here with a $999 (£569, round AU$1,300) price ticket.
We anticipate that Apple will at the very least match these costs with the Mac mini 2018, nevertheless if the included is especially highly effective, we might even see barely greater value tags.
Mac mini 2018 specs
Once more, rumors of specs for the Mac mini 2018 are skinny on the bottom. An previous rumor from early 2017 instructed that the top-end Mac mini ‘gained’t be so mini anymore’ which led folks to imagine that extra highly effective parts might be added, necessitating a bigger design for higher cooling.
Not solely is that this rumor fairly imprecise, nevertheless it was additionally included with quite a few different rumors that turned out to be inaccurate (although a number of the rumors did show to be true), so we’d urge warning when taking this fully at face worth.
In fact, highly effective parts will imply extra warmth produced, so a redesigned Mac mini isn’t out of the query, although as Apple has proven with the iMac and iMac Professional, it’s a dab hand at placing highly effective parts into svelte units and preserve them cool.
As for parts, Intel has produced some glorious new Kaby Lake processors that will be a fantastic match for the Mac mini 2018, because it helps Thunderbolt three, USB Kind-C, DisplayPort 1.2 and 4K video, and would give the Mac mini 2018 a substantial energy increase over earlier fashions.
There’s a probability that the Mac mini 2018 might include Intel’s upcoming Cannon Lake processors, which can carry even greater features in efficiency, whereas decreasing energy consumption, however with Intel having already delayed the chips, it won’t be potential.
The built-in graphics of those new Intel chips may also give the Mac mini 2018 a pleasant increase, and whereas we wouldn’t anticipate to play heavy-duty video games on the Mac mini 2018, it ought to nonetheless show to be a superb media machine.
RAM-wise, the earlier Mac mini got here with 4GB, and whereas that would stay, we’d prefer to see a base 8GB of RAM, as with the MacBook Air.
What we need to see in Mac mini 2018
Whereas we don’t know lots concerning the Mac mini 2018 in the mean time, we definitely know what we need to see from a refreshed Mac mini.
Wouldn’t it’s nice if the Mac mini 2018 might additionally act as an alternative choice to the Apple TV? For that to occur, the Mac mini 2018 would should be a succesful 4K machine – one thing earlier fashions had been decidedly not.
Fortunately, as we talked about earlier, if the brand new Mac mini goes to function latest Intel processors, then the built-in graphics ought to give it sufficient graphical energy to deal with 4K.
A brand new design
There’s not a lot incorrect with the present look of the Mac mini, but when we’re going to be seeing the primary replace in nearly 4 years, it will be nice if it acquired a pleasant new look as effectively. Thinner, smaller, and quieter. We’re not asking for a lot, are we?
For it to really exist
Maybe that is our largest want. We’re nonetheless not 100% satisfied the Mac mini 2018 will even exist, after so a few years of no reveals prior to now. However, we do have a glimmer of hope after Tim Cook dinner reassured Mac mini followers in saying “our clients have discovered so many inventive and fascinating makes use of for Mac mini. Whereas it isn’t time to share any particulars, we do plan for Mac mini to be an vital a part of our product line going ahead.”
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