Mac Mini won't be discountinued, for now?

By on March 24, 2008, 1:51 PM
It was rumored earlier this year that Apple was ready to do without the Mac Mini, but now the very same website that started the rumor is stepping backwards on those claims. Back in the day, the Mac Mini was received with much enthusiasm from Mac lovers and PC users alike because it brought down the cost of acquiring a Mac to a mere $500, which was just a fraction of what an iMac or Macbook would cost you at the time.

Since then, the small desktop system has only received one major upgrade, and that was when Apple switched from the lacking G4 processors to Intel's. There have also been some minor incremental improvements, but looking at the big picture that's been it for the Mini. We have no idea what the sales figures look like for the unit, but we can assure you the initial craze for the product has slowly faded away, in part due to the reasons mentioned above.

That being said, we don't think it's a good idea for Apple to get rid of the Mini just because with smaller, faster, and more efficient components coming out for laptops - many of which are used on the Mac Mini - those translate in a relatively powerful unit that can potentially attract switchers and thus grow the Apple fan base. Many users are also relying on the Mac Mini for HTPC functions instead of tying themselves up to the more limiting Apple TV. In short, the Mac Mini line looks to be alive for now, with more incremental upgrades on the way.

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sngx1275 said:
I hope they do not get rid of the Mini. I think it is an important part of their product lineups. The mini is a great desktop computer for 90% of users. The only thing it does poorly is gaming (due to the integrated intel graphics) and HD space is small. But most people don't need a 500+GB hd.They haven't had many upgrades, but they did go from G4s, to Core Solo, to Core Duo, and now Core2Duo. I'm currently using mine an an HTPC minus the recording capability. I have a PVR for that anyway. I use mine for playback of hd podcasts (like diggnation), regular podcasts, music player, and some 720p hd content. Front Row and Quicktime/iTunes both work brilliantly with the little included remote. There is also an optical audio output for surround playback if your files support it or dvds.My only complaint(s) deal with HD Video playback, it REALLY taxes my 1.83 Core Duo to play 720p content. VLC simply isn't very processor efficient and either is Quicktime with component add-ins. So I'm strongly considering setting up Boot Camp and booting XP just so I can run MPC with CoreAVC decoder that allows for HD decoding with much lower CPU usage than VLC. Of course this could also be helped if Apple would put in something like a mobile 8400GS or an 8600.
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