Mac Mini Is In Apple's Future Plans, Confirms Tim Cook

Sarah Tew  CNET

The last model made its debut in October of 2014 and from the looks of it, the firm has the computer on the back burner. But is it? According to MacRumors, which posted an email from Apple CEO Tim Cook to a Mac Mini user, the device will still be an important part of Apple's product line going forward.

With a $499 starting price, the Mac mini is still by far the cheapest way to run macOS compared to buying an iMac or a MacBook if you already have your own mouse, keyboard, and display. Cook said it was "not time to share any details", but he essentially teased that a new Mac Mini is coming down the pipeline.

Naturally, for now, we will have to just wait and see what happens.

The Mac mini has not been updated for three years, and although it is still available in the Apple Store its aging Haswell processors lack the power of those found in modern machines.

Yes, in computing terms the Mac mini is most definitely old, but it's not dead.

Although short on details, what we can ascertain from Cook's response is that the Mac mini will certainly be getting a refresh, but it isn't happening soon.

Below is a screenshot of his email and Cook's reply.

Of course saying that Apple plans to keep the Mac mini in the lineup could just mean that nothing is changing: no new Mac mini but it won't be discontinued either.

This also isn't the first time that the venerable Mini received backing from Apple as the company's marketing chief Phil Schiller too had stated in April they continue to have faith in the desktop PC. I wouldn't be surprised to be kept waiting until the second half of 2018 for fresh Mac mini news.



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