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. Jeremy, only two HDs, at least 4 GB of RAM, a graphics card, and 4 cores and you are thinking a Mac Pro? That would be a very minimal Mac Pro! Taking it backwards, the Mac Pro uses Xeon processors … I’m good with two Core2Duos. A graphics card – the iMac has a couple options there, unlike the mini. I mentioned at least 4GB of RAM in four slots, the Pro has up to 32 GB in 8 slots. And 2 HDs? The Pro allows four!
    In essence, I’m talking about a smaller tower with much more expandability than you can get with an iMac without going to the extremes found with the Pro. About the only way it would match the Pro would be the available ports! The four cores might be clocked as fast as those in the Pro (or not) but would not be either as expensive or as productive. Not for the bigger jobs with bigger records. Xeon vs Core2Duo? No competition! For half the money (a bit more for a headless box than for the iMac) would get you anywhere from 40% to 60% of the productivity of the big box, and much more than the iMac. A proper in-between set-up to bridge a gap that’s much to wide.

  2. Hmmmmmmmmm……. so many people poo-pooed the MacBook Air because it served such a small portion of the buying public. Yet, Apple saw fit to produce it, even asking Intel to reduce the size of the CPU to fit the Air.

    Yet, so many people think that a headless Mac is out of the question since they think it is a small part of the market.

    True, Apple may never come out with such a Mac, but it won’t be because it is a smaller part of the market, it will be for other reasons.

    To say that Apple won’t come out with a headless Mac simply because the market wouldn’t be as large as the MacBooks or the iMac is to say that Apple would never come out with something like the Air.

  3. Mac Pro Mini?

    IMHO, it ain’t gonna happen. There really isn’t a space in between a top-spec iMac and a bottom-spec Mac Pro.

    I have to say I don’t understand those who are saying they want a headless iMac. What benefits are there from having a separate screen?

    The Mac Pro is a tower because it needs to be configurable Most users will use more than one screen. i.e. They’re professionals. Researchers, programmers, video/audio eds and producers will all use Mac Pro’s.

    What worthwhile market is there for a headless iMac?
    Semi professionals? They don’t exist.
    The only people I can think of are (for the lack of a better word) IT geeks who won’t fork out for a Mac Pro but want to be able to customise their computers like in the old days.

    It ain’t gonna be a Mac-Tablet either. What’s the point?
    iPhone/iPod Touch is a computer you can put in your pocket. You want something you can do work on while on the go, then you get a MacBook/Air/Pro.
    It’s a compromise with no benefits. To big for your pocket, not tactile for use on a desk.

    Personally, I think the ‘Brick’ will be an all-in-one Apple TV/Time Capsule/Airport.
    Maybe.

    But probably not.

  4. The mac mini is a bridging machine, but then it gets to become a server for most people. Like myself.

    The mac mini is awesome with all due respect.

    I so hope this Brick, will come with leopard server.

    A tablet…. nah, forget it. no use for it.

    And another thing. I assume apple wants to get rid of the adjective “Brick” used on the iPhone by coming up with this product.

  5. People, people, people.

    We’re talking about a PROFESSIONAL Mac, not (necessarily) for the home market, that has a much smaller form factor than the MacPro. Shiny monitors and mobile or integrated graphics cards don’t cut it. it’s a different market. Just because YOU see no need or would never use it, does NOT mean there’s no need or desire for such a machine.

    We’re also NOT talking about a replacement for the MacPro!

    We do NOT want an iMac. While the Mac mini is a fine machine, it is EXTREMELY limited and meant for a different class of user. We want a serious, modular machine that we can recommend to clients, friends and switchers. It’s ridiculous and embarrassing that the Mac mini is the only monitor-less alternative to the MacPro!

    We’re talking about a small Mac with serious horsepower (quad or octo-core) and some upgradability…
    Select the graphics card and monitor of YOUR choice. (not shiny)
    2 hard drive bays… ever hear of RAID?
    4 RAM slots
    2 PCI slots… hell, I’d settle for one. For instance; second PCI slot could be used for high-speed networking cards in corporate or industrial or scientific settings. Think render farms or networked super-computers that need less space and consume less power… kind of important these days, no?.
    Then stir in the usual compliment of ports and interfaces: Airport, Bluetooth, FireWire 400/800 (FW3200?), eSATA, gigabit Ethernet, USB2 slots.

    I use MacBook Pro and I could certainly afford a MacPro. I do NOT want a box that’s 1/2 the size of my desk. I would never use all the internal or optical drive bays, of a MacPro. As a VectorWorks 2D/3D CAD user, I would CERTAINLY use the horsepower of a Quad or Octo-Core machine and a high-end graphics card. I would be blind at the end of ONE day staring at wireframe 3D models on a shiny display. SERIOUSLY!

    A MacPro midi or MacPro mini or Half-MacPro would fill a lot of niches in Apple’s product lines. Hopefully Apple has been waiting to release such a product until the tipping point has been reached. You don’t suppose any big customers have requested a smaller, full powered, lower energy consuming Mac desktop?

  6. Mr. Reeee: Just because YOU see no need or would never use it, does NOT mean there’s no need or desire for such a machine.

    A single-CPU (and thus quad core) Mac Pro can be had at $2299 and with much lower power consumption than the fully equipped version. (Unless, of course, you’re plugging in a high-end graphics card which nowadays sucks more power than any CPU.)

    That’s just a measly $100 above the top iMac model, so there simply isn’t a gap large enough to justify the massive expense of a third hardware platform which would be wedged uncomfortably between the iMac and the Mac Pro, cannibalizing both in the process without really offering anything the others couldn’t and which satisfies an already small and still dwindling sub-segment of the market.

    Yeah, it’s got a massive aluminium case, but it will satisfy all your demands and then some.

    By the way: If you actually need maximum performance, the Xeons in the Mac Pro are actually more efficient than the consumer models so the Mac Pro and the Xserve are still the right machines for exactly that purpose.

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