On 21 October 2008 some European Apple retailers kicked off a whirlwind of speculation that the Mac mini was being discontinued or EOL (End Of Life) in Apple parlance. While the rumor was a bit of a stretch, mini fans expressed heir displeasure with the little Mac's untimely death in droves.
One concerned mini customer emailed Apple's new Mac hardware engineering chief Bob Mansfield about the reported death of the mini. AppleInsider reports that the individual received a phone call from Apple's executive care division almost immediately. And while Apple wouldn't provide a specific timetable for a Mac mini update, they told him to that they "knew the mini was a popular machine and to be patient." Hmm.
After Apple spokesman Bill Evans told Macworld that its "holiday line-up is set" the next logical time for any hardwares update would be at Macworld Expo on 05 January 2009. It has been 457 days since the Mac mini was updated, previously it was updatedd, on average, every 188 days.