RUMOR: Apple’s ‘Brick’ really a ‘Mac Pro mini’

“Sources have indicated Apple’s ‘one more thing,’ code named ‘Brick’ rumored to be announced around October 14th along with a MacBook refresh, will actually be a re-design of the Mac Mini super-sized to reveal a Mac Mini Pro of sorts,” iPhone Savior reports.

“Apple’s ‘Brick’ mystery product is also rumored to be the fabled Tablet Mac by 9 to 5 Mac, a fantasy product that’s proven as real as Bigfoot for the past few years now. It’s been roughly 14 months since the last minor refresh to the Mac Mini,” iPhone Savior reports.

iPhone Savior says that this “Mac Mini Pro” rumor comes “from sources that we were unable to confirm as completely reliable.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

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105 Comments

  1. That would make me happy. A Mac Mini Pro would work for me. I have a perfectly good 30″ monitor on a dual 1.8 G5. I’ve been sitting on the fence for about a year now. I just don’t see an iMac in my future. Although, the Mac Pro’s in the refurbished section seem reasonable sometimes.

  2. Could someone explain something?

    People don’t want a Mac Pro. It’s not a big seller, and the form has not changed in 8 years so they are appealing to a very limited market.

    A mini is more of a “switcher box”, something to try out the mac environment but you end up having all of these external devices hooked up to it, such as external drives and external media burners…

    Why hasn’t Apple released a Mac Pro without the extreme workstation features? What is up their butt? People DO upgrade hard drives, and some people DO upgrade video cards. People DO have their own large monitors. Businesses DO have their own monitors and keyboards.

  3. I agree. There needs to be a “tower” of some sort that doesn’t require a mortgage or lottery-winnings. A smallish tower could have an upgradeable video card, ram, maybe one extra bay for your stuff-du-jour. It wouldn’t have to be the Mac Pro barn that lets you cram a small couch into it.

    Apple, I really want one.

  4. The reason for the Mac Pro is simple. Professional audio and video houses need that kind of power. It is not a consumer machine, which is why most don’t see demand for it. But it is a big seller to the people that need that kind of power. Could Apple do themselves a favor by offering a lower power tower directed at consumers? Probably, but the Mac Pro is absolutely a necessity to Apples lineup.

  5. I have a iMac Core2Duo 2Ghz, and I’ve holding to get at least 1 Xeon processor Mac in my desktop. If this is true, I definitively will buy it. Of course I rather prefer a iMac with Xeon processor, but I believe it is not possible by now and the Mac pro is too expensive for me. The processor inside Mac Mini and iMac are mobile processors optimized to produce less heat and consume less power. But the Xeon processor is optimize for performance over heat dissipation (is less hot that G5, but still close as powerful). So a desktop with power will be very welcome.

  6. Personally, I think that a ‘Mini Pro’ tower makes no sense at all. Does anyone remember the iMac? What market do you think the iMac is for? The iMac is the logical choice for those who want desktop computing power without the price premium on the Mac Pros. So the Mac Pro is aimed for more industrial use and the Mac mini as a barebones step into the Mac world.

    Now explain why Apple would want to cripple the iMac with a machine that does all the things the iMac already provides?

    And for those customization pleas – Steve has said before that Macs ‘aren’t meant for that’, considering his fear is probably being sued by people who no longer are able to enjoy the Mac experience because they botched a parts installation.

    How about building your own PC, and creating your own personal Linux distro to run on it? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. I’m with you guys. I don’t care what they call it but I need a headless mini tower type unit with a couple of HD bays and a couple of expansion slots for video and audio cards. Such a unit could be used as a home data/media server or a consumer level A/V workstation. The pro’s are too big. iMac’s are beautiful, but I’ll never buy one because the integrated display will outlast the usefulness of the cpu electronics by many years. C’mon Apple how about a computer for the rest of us? (heh heh)

  8. I was waiting for this for 3 years, basically ever since I got my G5 iMac and discovered how limited it was for what I wanted to do.

    I finally broke down and got a Mac Pro a month and a bit ago, but if they release this now I’m gonna actually be kind of annoyed…

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