Mac mini not in Apple 2014 roadmap

By Posted 10 Apr 2014, 06:50

In the early part of each year there are speculative rumors as to what products Apple will be releasing in the coming year, and so it comes as no surprise that an analyst has predicted the Apple 2014 roadmap. Many of the products that appear on the list are pretty obvious, although the lack of a new Mac mini is a strange one indeed.

We know that Apple is to release a variety of new products this year, but guessing the first is always a risky thing. However Ming Chi Kuo from KGI securities believes that it could be a more budget friendly iMac, which will be released in Q2.

The iWatch is also on the roadmap and so are the usual suspects, so a new iPad or three and two new iPhones.

Going back to the Mac mini, we do find it strange that the analyst decided to omit this small desktop from the list of upcoming Apple devices, especially as a new model is long overdue. This will no doubt gain some negative feedback because a new Mac mini is very much needed, although before you get too upset, just remember this is all guesswork.

We still very much believe that an all-new Mac mini will be with us this year, and it could be announced at WWDC, although not sure it will be as small as this one.

Apple 2014 roadmap

Ming Chi Kuo seems to be on the money with most of the other proposed Apple products for 2014, although they are rather obvious and so it’s not that hard for most of you to come up with an Apple roadmap.

In the image above you will see the following new Apple products, iWatch, iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, new iPad mini, and iPad pro, 12-inch MacBook Air, cheaper iMac, and an updated Apple TV.

Kuo doesn’t believe that a full-on Apple TV set will be released, and we do agree. However, there seems to be another device missing form the list, the iPod touch 6th generation.

The likelihood that Apple would miss out on the iPod touch 6G this year is slim, as come October it would have been 2 years since the release of the current 5th generation model. Seeing as though the iPhone 6 is expected to get an increased screen size, it stands to reason that this will make its way to the new touch, and so its release this year is very likely.

Do you think Apple would miss updating the Mac mini and iPod touch this year?

Thanks to Mac Rumors.

Mac Mini not in Apple 2014 roadmap

  • Joe

    With the existing Mac mini ~2 years old now, it must be suffering quite a heavy drop in sales with people not being willing to pay full whack for such old technology. This trend will only continue, so it’s really in their best interest to release a new Mac Mini sooner rather than later. The only reason why this might not be the case is if they plan to discontinue it, and hopefully this is not on the cards.

  • Mini

    I just purchased a late-2012 Mac Mini (server) and a 2013/2014 Mac Pro (workstation). Like everyone else, I’ve been waiting for Godot on a Mini refresh, but needed a new Mini right now. I spec’d the Mini’s performance against the Pro’s using geekbench — the Mini’s multi-core CPU is only 10% slower than a fancy new multi-core Pro! The geekbench scores for non-GPU basic functions are Mini, 2900, and Pro, 3250 (single core).

    I hope the Mini is refreshed with some updated capability and architecture, however I do not foresee needing 64 GB memory on the Mini. The bottom line is that Moore’s law is over for CPU performance and the late-2012 Mini still holds its own against a brand new Mac Pro for the most common tasks.

  • Adam

    I have been in the market for a new computer for six months. A friend convinced me to give the mac mini a try and since then I have been searching “new mac mini” every 3 days in hopes some news would come out. I think the major issue with Apple waiting so long is the new customers they could get off of people not wanting to use Windows 8/8.1. Hopefully Apple see’s they are missing a great opportunity and expedites the new release(without hurting the product or building in a 6 month upgrade).

  • Nez

    Even though that I am waiting for the new mac mini, I do believe it makes sense that Apple will delay it. Mac Pro has just been released, and many are still in the process of thinking to whether buy it or not due to its excessive price, including me. So what do you think if Apple released a new and powerful mac mini just after six months of releasing Mac Pro?!! Mac pro sales will drop down. and with new iMac coming, just forget about the new mini.

    • Mustafa

      You may have a point except that the Mac Pro is in a completely different class altogether. It’s targeted towards professionals; video editors, VFX designers, etc. On the other hand, the Mac Mini is an entry-level machine for the average user’s daily needs. I don’t think we have the technology to bring the power of the Mac Pro in a form factor as small as the Mac Mini. And if we did, or do in the future, you’d probably still find the same performance gap between models.

  • Me

    I can’t believe they didn’t have a Mac mini ready for when Microsoft discontinued support of XP. Granted most of the people using XP probably wouldn’t run out that day to buy a Mac mini but now that people will be looking to upgrade it is the perfect time for a mini to get those previous XP PCers into the Apple ecosystem.

  • Devious

    The longer they wait the less the chance theyre going to get my money, Ive got a google chromebox with an i5 and 8gigs of ram right now as my server / htpc and while I’d like something slightly more powerful it needs to be in the same form factor and im not going to pay almost 500 to go from a Sandybridge chip to an ivy bridge.. the performance increase just doesn’t justify the cost.