WWDC 2014: Mac mini predictions and iOS 8

 

By Posted 3 Apr 2014, 11:24

Most Apple lovers have been waiting in anticipation as to what Apple has in store for us with iOS 8 and future devices, one of which we assume, or hope will be the new Mac mini, but we will need to wait for WWDC 2014. The event is to be held on June 2nd through June 6th, and these dates have only just been posted, but there will be none of this first-come first-serve like in recent years. You will now need to sign up for registration, and you will be selected at random.

Okay, so we now know the WWDC 2014 dates, but as yet we have no idea as to the themes. However, it goes without saying that iOS 8 will be on show, and like last year, Apple will surely showcase some new products as well? Apple has yet to announce the WWDC 2014 times, but going on recent years, we expect the main keynote will begin at 10 am pacific time, 1 pm Easter time and 6 pm GMT.

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Expectations for this year’s WWDC event are rather high, and for those of you hoping to see the iPod touch 6th generation, then you will be out of luck, as this is not likely to happen until October, which is when the next iPad range should be released as well.

WWDC 2014- Mac mini predictions

There are several products that could make an appearance during WWDC this June, and it is a new Mac mini that tops the list. We already know that an update is long overdue, and thats its design could fall in line with the Mac Pro, albeit smaller. We have looked at a possible shrinking of its design, although not sure it will be like the pancake design we saw on April Fools Day.

Seeing as though the 2014 Mac mini update is expected to be slightly thinner than the current model, which is now a few years old, there will need to be some hardware changes. We already discussed how SSD only is a real possibility, but we also expect the most recent version of Haswell, and more powerful graphics cards options to promote gaming more. What are your expectations for the next Mac mini?

We also expect to see a new MacBook Air, which we recently discussed, but for those who believe that a new Apple TV will be unveiled during WWDC 2014, then you might be disappointed, as the October event is more likely.

WWDC 2014 iOS 8 predictions

The biggest talking point during this year’s WWDC event – is expected to be iOS 8, as it is an almost certainty that the next version of Apple’s mobile Operating system will be showcased.

We are not sure if iOS 8 will feature a design overhaul as it did last year, but we do know that it will be designed to take advantage of Apple’s new, larger iPhone later this year, along with a greater focus on keeping fit. Who knows, maybe WWDC 2014 will be used to tease the iWatch, with a release to coincide with the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 in September?

As always, all this is mere speculation, apart from the WWDC 2014 dates and times, and iOS 8 being teased.

WWDC 2014- Mac mini predictions and iOS 8

  • JDB

    All this speculation about a smaller Mini is pure rubbish. The 2012 already uses 2.5″ (laptop sized) hard drives, so there shouldn’t be a dimensional impact should Apple choose to go SSD-only. Remember that Apple has healthy Mini sales for servers and server farms, so even a speculated move to SSD-only, even if the size is the same, may not make commercial sense (depends on how much storage server users typically want, and at what price).

    If pundits wanted to speculate about the size of the next Mini, they’d start by looking at functional requirements. The photo/video prosumer audience wants more graphics capability (i.e. Haswell platform) and fast buses, as do casual gamers (I presume). Intel’s products haven’t shrunk there. Discs/SSDs haven’t shrunk in size. The location of the power supply is a coin toss – portable users want it inside, while desktop users might prefer that the case be used for more important hardware – perhaps more memory slots – or simply less electrical interference and heat.

    Folks who speculate that the next Mini will be a Mac Pro-like doughnut, but at a fraction of the height, have never taken into account the hardware inside. Why would a Mini, based on its typical hardware specification, be any smaller than a Mac Pro at all? Since Minis typically use commercial off the shelf components like packaged drives/SSDs, one could argue that a Mini’s components installed in an orientation like the Mac Pro would result in an even bigger cylinder. And since the Pro is made in the USA at a premium cost and premium price point, it makes no sense whatsoever to think the Mini (which holds a much lower price point) could follow in the Pro’s footsteps.

    I prefer more functional power – basically iMac level performance specifications. But of course without the darned monitor built in. A smaller, castrated Mini will lose market share among power users like photo/audio/video prosumers and professionals…

    • W Lam

      I did n’t know the Mac-mini used 2.5″ laptop drive. They are generally slower, then 3.5″ drives.

      • JDB

        Minis historically offered 5400 rpm drives, which of course aren’t known for speed (regardless of if they’re 2.5″ or 3.5″ form factor). With the rise of SSDs, and Fusion Drive, disc speed arguably doesn’t matter for the typical user. And those who think it does matter are already on board with external RAID arrays, SSD, and USB3/Thunderbolt peripherals. I think the Mac Pro’s paradigm of external storage will influence future Mini (and iMac) power users to move their storage external as well. The smaller the internal drive, the easier your life is a few years down the road when you need to move to a new computer (without moving multiple TBs of data from one machine to the next)…

    • arbus

      I really don’t care what a new mini looks like. The current form factor is fine. I have a 2009 Mac Pro, which has been a great machine. I like having all the drive bays, but those days are at an end.

      I too have no desire for an iMac’s built in monitor and I’m not ready to make an Air or MBP as my main machine. If the Mini is not refreshed that leaves me with the Mac Pro, which is overkill for my needs. Any direction I turn I will have to find an acceptable solution for my 4TB data drive (and it’s Carbon Copy Clone brother), and the CCC clone of my OS/Apps SSD drive. The Mac Pro may be destined as a file server.

      • SupaMac

        exactly how i feel. i want to sell my ’09 mac pro and get a brand new mini upon the updated release…so tired of waiting.

    • SPK500

      Not only do I agree with everything that you wrote, I wouldn’t change a word if I were to copy it and put my name to it. The size of the case is small enough. I would however like the same wifi radio available in the newest Macbook offerings. A standard 500 MB hard disc is more than adequate, as external drives are available. I do like user upgradeable memory. My only question is this: why is Apple resisting just installing a higher performing Intel CPU with improved integrated graphics and keeping the price the same? This is a weekend project for 2 Apple engineers. Better performance and the same price, who could really complain. All at essentially ZERO cost to Apple, as processor prices fall by half every year or so. Intel already has the higher performing processors available at the i5 and i7 level. Or simply, Apple could just make the current i7 option the standard processor at $599. This would involve no work by anyone and would quiet most waiting buyers and complainers for the next year or two. It does make me wonder really how capable the people are that are running Apple today. Can’t anyone walk and chew gum at the same time? Look to BMW for how to engineer and bring to market multiple new product offerings at multiple price points all at the same time. Not only can it be done, it is being done, just not at Apple. I think that we are in the John Scully Part 2 phase of Apple’s evolvement.

  • Billy

    I seriously do not understand why, with Windows XP about to go off life support, Apple did not do at least a midstream update of the Mini this winter to add Haswell/Iris Pro and beefier SSD options. (Who cares how big it is?) This is Apple’s supposed “gateway” product for winning over ex-PCers and here they have a great opportunity with millions of people looking for new options. But 5 minutes of web research reveals that the current Mini is last-gen. Fail, Apple.

    • W Lam

      I am a great fan of Macs, but the legacy which Steve Jobs left behind, means they are unlikely to produce machines, which will appeal to Windows XP users.

      I guess I am looking for a Hackintosh.

      Mac are not made for computer enthusiasts or expandability.

      Certainly if they had a Mac, which can connect to existing monitor would be great, as it would reduce the cost. The Mac is too limiting in that way…. It is a real shame.

    • JDB

      I agree – for my needs. But for most folks finally getting off XP, well, their needs are probably quite undemanding and they’d arguably be fine with a 2012 Mini. I’m talking typical consumers, not power users with esoteric XP-based ecosystems. Heck, Mavericks runs fine on my 2009 Mini, and that would impress my buddy who’s finally getting off an ancient XP machine this month (onto a newer, used 7 year old XP machine).

      More to your point, Apple coulda done a marketing blitz for the 2012 Mini to catch folks drifting away from XP. I’m more concerned with those folks getting on a modern OS, with security features, than I am about what brand of computer they select.

    • Dean Gray

      Maybe the kind of people who would buy one to replace an older windows xp machine wouldn’t care about the specification as it’d be faster than what they’d be replacing anyway?

      That’d help with margin slightly, especially given the age of the guts of the current mini.

    • Kisai

      Apple doesn’t do anything regarding movements in the Microsoft world. They recently updated BootCamp so it can’t run Windows 7 on the Mac Pro, so anyone buying a MacPro or MacMini 2014 will unlikely be able to run any Microsoft OS other than Windows 8/8.1 with bootcamp.

      That said, Apple’s updates to it’s OS amazingly don’t don’t bloat the OS unlike Microsoft Windows which microsoft tries to pass off as a “new OS”, but never improves anything that they couldn’t have put in the previous version of the OS as a service pack in every second version. (eg XP should have been a service pack to Windows 2000, 7 a Service pack to Vista, and 8.1 a service pack to 8.)

      • esolesek

        Too bad that the most cutting edge video projection software runs only on Windows and that video in general on the mac has become a debacle, and on and on. THe mac pro is an abomination. Mac bite me.

  • Mike

    I was thinking that apple will possibly skip Haswell and just hold out for broadwell and upgrade hopefully late 2014