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Apple tries to quell Mac mini rumors

updated 06:00 pm EST, Wed November 5, 2008

Mac mini rumors response

Apple has responded via telephone to one customer that inquired about the Internet rumors suggesting that the Mac mini is set to be discontinued, according to Apple Insider. The concerned owner reportedly sent an email to the fresh hardware engineering chief, Bob Mansfield. He did not receive a response from the executive, however, but was contacted instead by an employee of the executive care division, affirming that the company is aware of the Mini's market value.

Fuel was added to the rumors when Apple stopped shipping the devices to certain countries overseas, although this does not necessarily equate to a domestic discontinuation plan. A product refresh or significant redesign are other possibilities. Although the representative did not confirm or give a time-frame for a future release, but did tell the the customer to be patient.

Although the Mini has not changed significantly in the past year, several sources seem confident that the product is being updated. Earlier this week, Apple publicly snuffed the suggestions that hardware updates would be released this year. The company could still introduce the products directly after the holidays at the Macworld Expo.

If the rumors are correct, the new Mini could offer a DisplayPort and support for up to 4GB of memory. The optical drive speed could be faster, or excluded completely if a customer prefers two hard drives instead. Apple has been integrating NVIDIA GPUs into many of its products, although it remains unclear if there are plans to add the processors to the Mini.

The Mini has a customer base wider than customers buying a new computer for the home. Several companies also use the compact device for use in enterprise or entertainment systems, including A/V, digital signage, and security products. Considering the state of the economy, the low price point could be a reason to keep offering the product.




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  1. nebby

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Mini rocks

    The Mini is a darn good little computer. Yeah, it lags on the graphics (for now), but when I've tested it out for rendering large VR files, that little box put my G5 to shame. Most people won't ever come close to maxing out the cpu. The Duo chip is fast and power efficient. Heck, that one company uses them exclusively for web hosting.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    too bad

    mac mini is a good computer...why does apple do so crummy when it comes to updating this computer?

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Updates after holidays...

    ...on consumer oriented products may both hurt sales

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    market value

    sure they recognize the market value of the mini - make a completely crippled machine (heck not even a mouse!) to let the cheapskates amongst us realize what we are really missing out by not buying a proper mac...

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Hold

    My kitchen-based Mini died and I'm waiting to see what's going to happen to them before I replace it. Together with the Airport Expresses I have, and an iPod touch I will buy (to run Remote), it will be the centre of the home-wide audio system. Usually I have a knack for buying Macs just before a model change...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Hold

    Must be nice to be able to afford an iPod Touch just so you can use it as a remote control.

  1. macdude22

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    WE use a lot

    We use the minis extensively at my organization (Private College). All our classrooms are equipped with a/v cabinets with dual boot Mini's. We use them on small carts for a variety of science department uses. Most of our Mac using faculty now have mini's for their desktops. They could stand a refresh but these are amazingly useful machines and we buy a lot of them.

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