The end of the line for the Mac mini?

The end of the line for the Mac mini?

Summary: Two major retailers in Europe have told Gizmodo that they can't order any more Mac minis and "to expect no more of it." While this could simply signal that Apple is clearing the channel to make room for a speed-bumped model Gizmodo's sources are telling them that "the Mac Mini may be dead dead DEAD for real.

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Two major retailers in Europe have told Gizmodo that they can't order any more Mac minis and "to expect no more of it." While this could simply signal that Apple is clearing the channel to make room for a speed-bumped model Gizmodo's sources are telling them that "the Mac Mini may be dead dead DEAD for real."

The Mac mini was introduced in January 2005 as "the most affordable Mac ever"and was last updated in August 2007 (to Core 2 Duo), 441 days ago. The Mac mini has previously been updated, on average, every 188 days.

Giz notes that the Mac mini is Apple's worst selling machine and that it lacks 802.11n, uses the older 667 MHz front side bus and 945GM chipset, "which is two generations behind everything else."

While it's conceivable that the Mac mini could be End Of Lifed (EOL) soon (they nuked the Cube after all) I don't think that Apple should pull the plug on the mini permanently unless they're planning to replace it with an updated Apple TV with a larger hard drive and support for the MacBook Air's USB SuperDrive. Now, wouldn't that be something?

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  • Mac Mini

    I love my Mini, and would buy another rather than buy an
    Apple TV.
    I wonder if the profit margin on the Mini is not up to Apple's
    standards?
    GFW_z
    • no doubt

      The mini has been good value for me..for home use, as far as macs go.

      Rather than trying to get 5 years out of the latest and greatest Pro model, you can buy 3 new minis over 9 years for less. Upgrade the OS, speed and storage all at once..three times. You get an iLife upgrade too, if it still comes with a new system.

      Sure, I'd rather have an iMac, Pro, or macbook...but for home use...internet, music recording (garageband) and some graphics here and there...the Mini is just right.
      rjunkin
      • If you are a Mac-user on a budget ...

        ... then this is true. But, if you don't need Mac software, you could still get more "bang for the buck" with a Dell or HP/Compaq.
        M Wagner
        • But then you are stuck with

          a large computer running a load of crapware and either an insecure (Vista/XP) or ugly (*nix) operating system.
          Komplex
  • RE: The end of the line for the Mac mini?

    blue ray? 1080 60p?
    dimdimitri
  • RE: The end of the line for the Mac mini?

    I just received my Mac mini last month. It's my first Apple
    computer and my first break from Windows (crashes) since
    DOS 2.3. Except for lack of graphic power, I love it. Don't kill
    mini!

    Ed
    whohunter
    • Windows crashes?

      You're kidding, right? I haven't seen an XP crash in years! The last Vista crash I saw auto-rebooted and that was due to a bad application driver and was fixed in early 2007. No Vista problems at all since SP1.

      In the end, the Mac mini is a fine solution for budget-conscious Mac users but it is not cost-effective unless you are tied to Mac applications.
      M Wagner
      • I like when he said DOS Crashes.

        Umm, well I have never ever seen DOS crash. I have seen Windows crash, but XP and Vista have fewer crashes then previous windows version, but DOS crashing?

        WOW!!! I wonder how they made that happened? Did they write a program to crash DOS?

        So it is obvious they have never used DOS, and may have read an article somewhere and picked up a few tricks, but never used it.
        BroGnorik
        • Windows on DOS 2.3???

          How???
          Dr. John
        • DOS crash??

          DOS can't crash, impossible. It can refuse to run a command, that's all.
          BigJohnLg
      • Unless you are a mac user ... or like the small footprint ... or ...

        like the low noise.... or like the design.

        All of which are unavailable ... or at least quite pricey on the PC side.

        Makes me wish my world wasn't so Windows centric ... I've wanted a mini for ages... might have to get one now b4 its too late.
        forbes9000
        • They'll be on eBay for years to come.

          Regardless, they'll be there.
          Dr. John
        • No, they aren't unavailable or pricey.

          Google a netbox, from under $300, specs as good or better than a Mini for a LOT less. MSI, Acer, Shuttle and Asus all make them, and I'm sure there are others.
          ajole
      • Don' need no stinking crashes.

        I've been using Vista Ultimate since I was beta testing it. No crashes since SP1 came out.
        Mac Mini is cool, except over-priced for all it does.
        BigJohnLg
        • The crashes I have had

          are always caused by Hardware driver, or Hardware dying on me.

          My last was my Video Card. It was an old 64 meg video card. Vista used it just fine, but the card died.

          I wanted a new one anyway, so can I can some newer games.
          BroGnorik
  • RE: The end of the line for the Mac mini?

    The Mac mini is the #1 Bestselling Desktop on Amazon.com.
    That's the 1.83 GHz version. The 2.0 GHz version is #7.
    That's among ALL desktops that Amazon sells, not just Apple
    machines. That's a lead in to a lot of iMac and Macbook
    sales, down the road.
    prw3505
    • But Apple is the only solution ...

      If you compare Mac mini sales to all other non-Apple PC sales of similarly equipped hardware (head-less, no keyboard/mouse) those sales figures are dwarfed!
      M Wagner
  • RE: The end of the line for the Mac mini?

    ... but I love the MacMini. It's powerful, small, elegant, easy to use ... ah, nuts! They can't replace it with AppleTV, why can't they fold AppleTV into the MacMini?
    kakman1@...
    • Already using the mini...

      as a programmable digital video recorder using a
      little converter box called Eye TV. The mini, with
      an external FireWire drive makes a great video
      and music server. It is connected to our 42 inch
      LCD television and the stereo system. A wireless
      Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with USB dongle is
      used to control the system. Listening to music and
      watching videos from iTunes works really well.
      This little box of small and I do not know of any
      other system that compares to this.
      arminw
  • Why you always want to gang up on the little man!?

    You see, thats the beauty of the Mac Mini. Its like that previous post said, its very appealing to those who are in a budget but want to break free from their Windowed lives. Its the affordable way to make the leap from MS to OSX. Id say its a very decent machine for the everyday consumer. It gets the job done and its plenty fast for regular tasts such as email, web browsing, working with your pictures from your digital camera, etc. You can even do some light gaming like playing Age of Empires III. I have a friend that has 2.

    Myself, Im a Macbook user...but as soon as I see the latest speed bump in the Mini, Im buying one as my desktop/LCD TV computer. I think its great.

    And let the fact that its on the top 10 in the Amazon list be proof that it still sells! I always like to dig up on what Gizmondo says, because usually its garbage or old news.
    grlamberty@...