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2014 Mac Mini size revisited

It was way back in February that we discussed the possibility of the rumored 2014 Mac mini being shrunk to a much smaller size than that of the current version. Apple has showed no sign of updating its smaller desktop, although they have shown an interest in looking out for those with a cheaper budget with the introduction of the cheaper iMac, as well as making the cheapest version of the iPod touch even cheaper, along with improved camera features.

A sign of things to come — Maybe this is just the start for Apple, as they could now be thinking more about those consumers with less disposable income in 2014, and we all know that the Mac mini is ideal for those who cannot afford an iMac. Don’t get us wrong, some people do not have a need for the larger desktop, but those that do settle for the mini.

We don’t mean settle in a negative way, as the Mac mini is still an impressive machine for its size, although that size could get much smaller going on the number of rumors doing the rounds over the past few months.

There have been many Mac mini concepts and one that seems to be the most popular is the one that looks like a miniature Mac Pro. The design of this device was not loved at first, but it has now become a very popular design, one that we have to say looks very funky.

A smaller design like this is very possible with the 2014 Mac Mini refresh because it does not have the thermal requirements of a high-end system, they could even go for a fanless design.

What stops the Mac mini from being smaller — There are many reasons that could stop Apple from making the mini as small as some users would like it, one of which is the power supply. Apple places the power supply inside and if they keep doing so they will never be able to decrease its size by much. You have to ask yourself if you would rather have a smaller Mac mini, but then have a large power supply to store on the outside, which can become an issue for some?

One other reason stopping a decrease in size, and that is hardware. If Apple has any hope of appealing to the gamer, which rumors suggest they do, then they will need to include better desktop hardware rather than hardware on par with laptops, which will mean sticking to a size similar to the current model.

Are you prepared to compromise on hardware just so Apple can shrink the next Mac mini?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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Jimmie

I am wondering if Apple would design a new device combine with ipad and macbook air. Or make IOS and Mac OS X become one. Microsoft has this idea on windows 8, but they doesn’t do it well. I think Apple can do it better.

jabberingjason
jabberingjason

Apple aren’t stupid, they carefully keep product overlap to a minimum to maximize the coverage of their existing, multi-teared product range, at the same time keeping them close enough to “up-sell” you when you’re in the market and just can’t resist the slightly higher specs of the device just above the model you were originally in the market for. The Mac Mini will only get as small, or as powerful, or as cheap as the existing product below and above it allows. Occasionally, and rarely so, they will slip a completely new device neatly in-between. This is where Apple’s true… Read more »

jdb
jdb

What do you mean by a “bigger” iMac? Both the Mini and iMac are available with nearly identical specs (CPU, RAM, ‘drive). If you’re not a gamer or producing 3D graphics, then the iMac’s only real difference (the optional discrete graphics card) won’t matter anyway. This ridiculous comparison (other than for gamers/3D’ers) is just about preference: Does the consumer want an all-in-one computer with integral screen (i.e. iMac), where a screen failure means a computer failure, and vice-versa? Or does the consumer want a computer separate from the screen (e.g. Mac Mini, Mac Pro), so that either component can be… Read more »

Victor
Victor

i hope apple can make a new mac mini with haswell processors and hopefully this new mac mini will be released by December 2014.

Manuel
Manuel

I prefer a powerful hardware.

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