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. I totally agree.

    You get free stickers of Will Farrel signed basketball along with the Mac Semi-Pro

    Who in here has a mac mini, and does not use the mac mini as a headless server? A minority I bet!!!

    Leopard has built in screen share, so you don’t need apple remote to see whats happening.

    Democracy RULES!

  2. @lestynw and others….

    For me the main benefit of having a separate screen is longevity. Modern LCD’s should last at least 10 years which allows me to move it across 2 or 3 CPU’s during its lifespan. With the old CRT based all-in-ones the CRT and the CPU became outdated pretty much at the same time. Separates provide more flexibility (headless or your choice of head size/surface). Plus there is an ecological and financial advantage because you are recycling only the parts you don’t need and encouraged to buy a higher end display that will last many years, all in all a good investment.

    I suspect the headless market is larger than may appear. I’ve read many articles about Mini’s being placed into service as headless media servers in homes and in the trunks of cars. Police, transit, and cab companies use Mini’s to capture video from car mounted cameras which are wirelessly uploaded after their shifts, etc..

    Semi-professionals do exist. I am a semi-professional audio engineer. I have a different day job because like many artistic professions, it don’t pay the bills. Yet my love of the work keeps me investing my time and effort. I book maybe a dozen contracts a year recording commercials, small live concerts, etc. I do all of this now on my Macbook Pro which is adequate but I would much prefer a small desktop machine with two HD’s (for RAID) and would take a PCI based audio card (for Protools). Obviously the pro would do the job, but it is way overkill for this task.

    Keep in mind that while Apple products have widespread consumer appeal for being reliable and easy to use, these attributes are just as appealing to the professional and scientific communities (you know, the UNIX guys that only boot their Mac’s into single user mode). Apple has only one really expensive computer (the pro) targeting this market. I believe a mini-pro type box would have widespread appeal in both the scientific and pro-sumer segments. My 4 cents…

  3. Bitjockey: For me the main benefit of having a separate screen is longevity.

    Which makes a single-CPU quad-core Mac Pro at $2299 decently affordable over the substantial lifespan it will be able to serve you, especially since it is highly expandable to meet growing demands (RAM, harddisks etc.).

    I’m writing this on a PowerMac G5 Dual 2 GHz, a massive machine when it was introduced five years ago, even today still quite adequate for almost all of my needs and overall quite cost-effective for me. I’m beginning to consider replacing it, but I’m not in a hurry. Speaking of longevity.

  4. Why is there such an argument from those of you saying there “is no market for this, just buy a Mac Pro, blah blah blah…”

    We are _telling_ you what we want… that we want a mid-tower. We are not _asking_ you, we are _telling_ you. We _know_ what we want, we know what we would like to buy in a Mac, we are _telling_ you we don’t want a Mini or an iMac, we are not _asking_ you. We have given reasons that are good ones. They may not actually make one, but please stop telling us that it’s not what many of us want. It _is_ what we want. You’re basically calling us stupid and saying we just don’t know what we want. We do. A mid-tower headless Mac, period… okay? Cripes. Ridiculous!

  5. Chris: They may not actually make one, but please stop telling us that it’s not what many of us want.

    And I have simply explained that Apple most probably won’t make such a machine due to the actual numbers not adding up.

    No doubt about what you want — a single-CPU Mac Pro will just most probably be (and remain) the closest thing to it as far as Apple is concerned, for the reasons explained above.

    Either be ready to pay enough for it so Apple would be interested (but the single-CPU Mac Pro is already there for that case) or demonstrate how in a shrinking desktop market the demand is so vast that even a miniscule margin would make it worth Apple’s while.

    I want lots of things as well, I just know most of them are unrealistic. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Everyone “knew” there weren’t significant markets for Apple-branded music players or cell phones either.

    Two blockbusters later, it’d be hard to imagine Apple without them.

    Not saying that a Mini Pro wouldn’t be another G4 Cube (market-wise), just that we should be open to the possibility it could work.

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