According to MacRumors, Tim Cook has released a puzzling comment about a possible refresh of the Mac Mini
“While it is not the time to share any details, we do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward.”
Everybody seems to be rejoicing over that quote as if a new Mac Mini is coming soon. However, Apple’s Phil Schiller said something equally quixotic in April.
The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren’t bringing it up because it’s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use
So rather than exuding hope, I am a bit more skeptical. It sounds like bit of a dodge, if you ask me, though I could be wrong.
What would a Mac Mini refresh look like. Hopefully, it would include, at least, Kaby Lake-R 8th generation chips. However, we cannot rule out that Apple might release the Mac Mini with 7th generation CPUs, with no quad-core option.
Maybe Apple is waiting for Intel to come out with mid-range CPUs, not exactly u mobile chips, nor desktop chips, both types of which have been already released. Maybe Apple is waiting for Intel to release T or HQ series chips, which are somewhere in between the lower power of mobile chips, but still less powerful than desktop chips.
Of course, there are rumors that Apple will soon be coming out with ARM chips of its own, and that may be what is holding back Apple’s refresh of the Mac Mini.
The point is: People are tired of waiting.
If Apple does not come out with a new Mac Mini soon, many will move to Intel-based or AMD-based PC computers. In fact, if Intel would only start releasing NUCs with Kaby Lake-R 8th generation quad-core chips, Intel might seize a good part of the Mac Mini’s market.
Intel has some very impressive NUCs with 7th generation chips, though unfortunately, none of them are quad-core. Hopefully, Intel will release 8th generation NUCs with quad core chips very soon.