RUMOR: Apple to introduce faster Mac mini models soon

“A Mac mini update is ready for roll-out just two months after Apple bumped the RAM on the systems and added a SuperDrive model, Think Secret has learned. The systems, which are currently in transit to retailers, were originally slated to roll-out this week but may not appear until next week. No announcement is planned beyond a possible press release,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret.

Same prices, but (slightly) faster G4 processors, faster hard drives (finally!), better wireless capabilities and more are rumored by Think Secret.

Full article here.

27 Comments

  1. rumours regarding small speedbumps etc really aren;t rumours or even real news at all.

    if i had said last week – ‘i think there will be a speed bump sometime in the future’ – well its just fricking obvious right?!?!

    hey get this! –

    I predict that one day computers will be faster! specifically mac will get faster! and they will add more ram! and hardrives will get bigger!!! and other things will happen!!!! they are bound to!!!!!

    YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!!!

  2. The Mac Mini’s are great little computers for most normal people. I’ve given away three so far to my non-techie relatives. I made them buy their own (oh my gosh, DELL) monitors. Sometime I’m sorry I did because now the relatives are flooding me with emails and questions.

  3. Hope this rumor is true. The best reason is that it’s good to see Apple updating a line just 2 months after bumping it up before. Apple needs to get off this cycle of waiting 6-9 months before updating a Mac line, especially if the update is relatively minor like more standard RAM.

    Mac sales are on a roll, so Apple’s really going to have to step up with more frequent updates to keep things fresh. We all know the PowerBook G5 will probably never see the light of day, but come on. There’s still plenty of improvements Apple can make to the PowerBook G4, but it gets ridiculous when Apple takes 9 months or whatever to add more memory or put in a faster hard drive.

    Every 2 months is probably too frequent, but once every 4 months for EVERY Mac product line would be nice. One major update a year and 2 minor bumps would be nice.

  4. “Sometime I’m sorry I did because now the relatives are flooding me with emails and questions.”

    Been there done that. At least you were smart enough to give them Macs.

    I made the good-intentioned mistake of giving my tech-challenged sister a cheap store PC a few years ago. It’s been hair-pulling ever since (i.e. “hey I downloaded a ‘screen saver’ from some obscure site and now my PC doesn’t work, help!”). If the Intel-Macs can indeed run Windows apps I know what her next computer will be (assuming her POC holds out that long).

  5. macnut222 wrote:

    “One expectation I have that was not mentioned by the rumor: Radeon 9550 w/ 32 MB VRam. I know it’s not a great card, but at least it’s Core-Image capable.”

    Does anyone know if a Radeon 9200 would work? Or is the mini’s graphics non-upgradable?

  6. Its a gimmicky unit IMHO…I’m glad to see that Apple is committed to the mini but it is still only marketable to a small niche buyer. Still, it reminds me of “the snowball” or “the cube”…but if Apple continues to improve the speed and upgradable components, I might come around…and maybe buy my son one of them.

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  7. iDid: “Been there done that. At least you were smart enough to give them Macs.”

    Yes, indeed. Macs are the only computers I recommend to friends and family. I always tell them that I’ll give you free tech support because I know that it will not be that much effort. Most of the questions I get from my relatives are internet related questions. “What’s URL stand for? What is HTML?” That kind of stuff. New comers to computers pick up using MACs right away. I tell them to play with it all you want and if you break something I’ll fix it, after you try first. I’m amazed – nothing has been broken yet.

    When my PissCee relative ask for advive I tell them to call your tech support or pay me $30/hour and I’ll fix it. I’m serious. Dummies don’t deserve to keep their money so at least let a relative take it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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