What updates to the Mac Mini, iMac will Apple announce at iPad Mini event?

What updates to the Mac Mini, iMac will Apple announce at iPad Mini event?

Summary: Rumors are swirling that Apple will detail how it will refresh its consumer desktop line at its press extravanganza on October 23. How will the Mac Mini and the iMac be updated?

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While the main course of Apple's October 23 press event will presumably be the launch of the long-awaited iPad Mini tablet, there's always dessert on the menu at these gatherings. (In the Steve Jobs era, that would be the "one more thing" part of his address.) There's already talk that a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will be introduced, and there are rumors that Apple will be presenting updated iMacs and Mac Minis on Tuesday as well.

With the upcoming holiday shopping season soon among us, the desktop refresh makes sense, but which forms will it take? It'd be highly likely that the systems would get Intel Ivy Bridge processors options, which would include improved integrated graphics for the base Mac Mini. Speaking of graphics, Apple could ship the new desktops with AMD's latest Radeon 7000 graphics cards -- right now the more expensive Mac Mini configuration and all iMacs ship with Radeon 6000 mobile processors.

Rumormongers, however, have mostly ruled out that the iMacs will get Retina Display updates (for now), though a Chinese website is claiming that they will get a facelift with a thinner design that resembles a water droplet. They supposedly will also have the screen glued to the glass front (at least the 21.5-inch model) to help improve display quality.

Other improvements could be in the way of new connectivity options. While the current Mac desktops sport Thunderbolt inputs, it would be logical that the Lightning connector on the new iPhone 5 (and maybe brand-new iPads) would join it. Mac Minis and iMacs still feature USB 2.0 ports, so moving to USB 3.0 could be another spec improvement. SlashGear says it's being tipped off that the Mac Mini could get 16GB or even 32GB of RAM.

One thing that may not change is the pricing for Mac Minis and iMacs. 9to5Mac is reporting that there will be no change in pricing -- the starting price for the Mac Mini will remain $599 and $1,199 for the iMac.

What upgrades would you like to see Apple give the Mac Mini and iMac? Let us know your ideas in the Talkback section below.

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  • Lightning connector for iMac?

    "While the current Mac desktops sport Thunderbolt inputs, it would be logical that the Lightning connector on the new iPhone 5 (and maybe brand-new iPads) would join it"

    Not sure I understand the need for a lightning-to-lightning connector? USB3 to lighting cable would be better. A single accessible USB3 connector on the side would be nice.
    Steve Blackwell
    • Sean Portnoy

      I am sorry but this blog was completely boring.... yawn
      dkaparunakis@...
  • Lightning connector for iMac?

    "While the current Mac desktops sport Thunderbolt inputs, it would be logical that the Lightning connector on the new iPhone 5 (and maybe brand-new iPads) would join it"

    Not sure I understand the need for a lightning-to-lightning connector? USB3 to lighting cable would be better. A single accessible USB3 connector on the side would be nice.
    Steve Blackwell
  • Mini-mini?

    Well, if you look at Microsoft and Google, Apple might want to make a very-low-power mini (a "Mini-Mini") that ran iOS, had HDMI output and a competent graphics system, but used the A6 (or A7) processor. That way they could bridge the gap between the desktop and their iOS devices and begin to unify their app store. It would also allow a simple system to sync iOS devices and provide a transition path for pad and phone users to get to the desktop. I'm thinking of something like an AppleTV that is more of a computer for something like $199.99. It would need at least 1 GB ram, HDMI/Thunderbolt, and three USB ports and would be the greenest machine Apple has ever made and the ideal low-powered home server. I know I'd snap one up.
    Fubar Fubar Fubar
    • Isn't that Apple TV?

      No Comment, read the subject instead.
      slickjim
      • I didn't know that...

        You can sync an iPhone or iPad to an AppleTV? Run Apache on an AppleTV? Samba server? See the title.
        Fubar Fubar Fubar
  • Mac Mini

    having just bought a Mac Mini with Discreet Graphics, I have to say that I did a lot of research on this.

    The biggest improvement would likely be newer AMD / Intel GPU and USB 3 but, the CPUs are said to be more power efficient but not really any stronger than the 2011 i5 CPUs. Honestly, the 2011 Mini might just end up being the best bet out there.
    slickjim
  • Not so confident in the Apple rumor mill

    While they may have gotten the iPhone 5 right - I'm still not totally confident in the Apple rumor mill.

    An iPad mini makes no sense, to be honest - they just announced a new model, and this would be what, two new iPad models in a year? Why would they undermine the recently released iPad with a retina display?

    An iMac with a retina display would actually make more sense.

    "which would include improved integrated graphics . . ."

    Meh. Integrated graphics aren't that good, no matter how you cut it. I've yet to see an integrated graphics chipset that impressed me. If I were to get a Mac (highly unlikely), I'd likely go with a desktop model that included a dedicated graphics card.
    CobraA1
  • Not so confident in the Apple rumor mill

    While they may have gotten the iPhone 5 right - I'm still not totally confident in the Apple rumor mill.

    An iPad mini makes no sense, to be honest - they just announced a new model, and this would be what, two new iPad models in a year? Why would they undermine the recently released iPad with a retina display?

    An iMac with a retina display would actually make more sense.

    "which would include improved integrated graphics . . ."

    Meh. Integrated graphics aren't that good, no matter how you cut it. I've yet to see an integrated graphics chipset that impressed me. If I were to get a Mac (highly unlikely), I'd likely go with a desktop model that included a dedicated graphics card.
    CobraA1
  • Mac Mini with NVIDIA graphics?

    Personally I'd love to see a Mac Mini option with NVIDIA graphics. It seems more likely now than previously considering the MacBook Pro with Retina display has a gk107. I won't be holding my breath, but I'd definitely buy one.
    rcsheets
  • You Know That Final Scene From The Movie "Pret-A-Porter"?

    A clothing fashion show with no clothes at all? That's what Apple will be showing off: a demonstration of new technology involving no technology at all! And just like in the movie, everybody will marvel at the sheer genius of the idea.
    ldo17
  • One more step

    A 34 inch iMac would be nice.
    trm1945