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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  1. Any word on pricing?

    An iMac motherboard in a $799-$999 MiniPro case just might have a market.

    I agree with others here: give it user-accessible RAM, drives, video card & vRAM, and maybe one open slot. And please have an easy-open case, unlike the current Mini’s pry-and-pray.

  2. Sub-$500 laptops are beginning to make a serious dent in overall PC sales

    They may sell on price, but are these machines actually usable?
    Can they even boot out of their own way?

    Vista is bad enough on a well-speced desktop, I can’t imagine even Home Basic on an entry-level laptop.

  3. I, and many other home theater owners, want a full-featured Mac mini with built-in AppleTV that we can put in our home entertainment center next to the A/V Receiver, cable or satellite Box and DVD or Blu-ray player.

    The Mac mini is a bit underpowered has a Web browser, but doesn’t allow you to order HD movies. The AppleTV allows you to order HD content, but has no Web browser. Both of very limited storage. The fusion needed is obvious.


    jk. pretty interesting argument. i can’t see apple doing this. if a computer they sell doesn’t have what you need, apple wants you to upgrade to pro lines. granted i would by a mini pro (i think most people would) but it would cut into their existing markets.

    the only argument i can see for making a mac mini pro is to kill off those pesky clones. but i think steve would rather just sue their asses.

    now, if the brick was a mac mini that had more power because it ran like a home server. now that would be good. you wouldn’t need upgradable graphics card etc for that, just a mini with more speed and power, and HD space. running some cools apps like itunes server where you can sync your ipods from any mac on the network with the server media library etc.
    nowadays everyone has more than one computer + laptops. in the near future i see people having home servers (maybe with a built in airport and time capsule).
    i can see apple doing something like this, because it is more innovating than just spankin up a mac mini

  5. you are dreaming if you think Apple is going to make a mini tower for $1000 or less. The simple facts are:

    1) very few people ever perform upgrades on their computers (in response to the idea that swappability is a deciding buying factor)
    2) people find use for their old all-in-one computers long after they are technologically outdated (in response to the idea that the screen is wasted when one wants to upgrade)

    these two things suggest that the iMac is an adequate offering for most people interested in something more powerful than a mini. There is simply no reason for Apple to take sales away from the iMac by offering a low cost tower.

    The home server market is being met by Apple TV + Time Machine or a mini + external HD. A proper Mac home server is obviously in the future … at some point.

    If you need pro power then buy a pro. If you don’t need that much power then buy a refurb’ed pro or a G5 to go with your monitor. If you don’t need power then buy a mini. If you don’t have a monitor then buy an iMac.

  6. Here is what Apple needs to release:

    – Expandable Mac, like a Mac Pro
    – Price < $2,000
    – 2 Ethernet ports

    The purpose of such a machine:

    – Poor man’s server
    – A Mac you can expand (some of use still like to work inside our computers, even if they are Macs)
    – Attach a big-ass monitor to the machine and not be restricted to what Apple offers in the iMac.

    Name of the machine:

    Mac Semi-Pro (it ain’t nothing like a Mac Mini)

    There you have it. A lot of use are waiting.

  7. Apple has been very successful using their current model of product differentiation. The brand has grown, as has market share. Clearly defined products that make Apple’s stuff stand out.

    But, if Apple would like the floodgates to open, offer what all the other PC makers offer with a bit of flare (and mark-up), and watch the other vendors hemorrhage. People want Macs. They are no longer objects of lust for just a few. Once Snow Leopard is out, things may be very good for Apple.

    Unless, of course, there is a global meltdown. In which case, we may be boiling our Macs into tasty snacks.

    MDN “Peace,” as in “You just can’t write this stuff.”

  8. Well now Mr. Mugwump, I did want a Mac Pro and I bought one. Some of us work in industries where you need the best Mac you can get. I will welcome a mid range ‘headless mac’ but remember there are places that will buy dozens of Mac Pros at a time. That’s where the sales come from.

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