A history of Apple’s diminutive Mac mini

“I’ve been working with Mac mini for nearly thirteen years. I was there when it launched and I feel confident in saying that no one has watched this little machine grow more intently than I have watched it,” Brian Stucki writes for MacStadium. “It’s been the little aluminum block with which I’ve built my career.”

“To celebrate this great machine, I thought it’d be fun to put together a timeline of highlights from the last thirteen years,” Stucki writes.

January 2005: “With Macworld 2005 nearing, there are rumors of a headless iMac that may cost around $500. The rumors get so loud that it was being reported on TV and international newspapers,” Stucki writes. “As the rumors grow, Apple files a lawsuit against Think Secret for their report on the headless iMac and a potential new ‘iWork’ office suite.”

Apple's Mac mini
Apple’s Mac mini

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MacDailyNews Take: “Think Secret.” Now there’s a blast from the past!

Of all people, Brian really has to have a high level of anticipation for next week’s reveal of a professionally-focused Mac mini!


    1. I’m fairly certain my 2012 2.3GHz quad-core i7 thermal throttles quite a bit under full load when I use it to encode videos, so I think Apple would really need to get more airflow going through any new Mac Mini. The single fan on my Mac Mini ramps up as high as it can go and it’s still not enough. Other than that, it’s a fine little machine and running High Sierra quite easily which is amazing for a six-year-old computer.

      I only use it occasionally to encode videos (into mkv format) and I’m sure that’s not what the Mac Mini was designed to do. However, if Apple really does come out with a Mac Mini Pro, I would expect it to be robust enough for some video editing and encoding.

  1. Couple things…
    1. RE: July 2001 version; “The Mac mini…also came with a 7200 RPM hard drive…” Not according to Wikipedia. Only 5400 drives were available; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_Mini

    RE: Oct. 2012 version; “This Mac mini is still popular as it’s the most recent build with a quad-core processor.” Ummm, hello; This Mac mini is still popular as it’s the most recent build with user upgradable memory, and that oldest version that can officially run macOS Mojave!
    This link is broken in the article; “…with a [post] we wrote getting over one million views in just a couple weeks.”

  2. It will be a major disappointment if the hard drive and memory can not be upgraded by the user. I really hope they dial it back a bit on that approach.

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