It has been several years since Apple updated the Mac mini in any meaningful capacity, which, understandably, has left many fans of the desktop machine wondering if it has been forgotten by the company.
But that does not appear to be the case. As reported by MacRumors, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook seems to think that the Mac mini is actually an important part of the overall product line, and seems to suggest that something big might be coming down the pipe as far as news is concerned for the product. Of course, while Cook is willing to call the mini desktop box important right now, that’s about all he’s willing to do. No new details to go over just yet.
In an email to a customer asking about the Mac mini and any future updates, Cook responds by saying that Apple loves the device, and that while right now is not the right time to share any details about what’s happening, the company does plan on the Mac mini being an “important part of our product line going forward.”
Unfortunately, Cook doesn’t even give a hint as to what that might mean, or, perhaps even more importantly, what kind of timeframe we are all looking at.
It will be interesting to see how the Mac mini is updated. It is likely that we won’t see anything happen in that regard in 2017, but it’s possible that 2018 is a big year for the mini desktop box. One thing that is likely is that Apple won’t change the way it sells the device. Meaning, potential buyers will still only get the box with the important internals under the hood, and they will have to bring their own monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. That will help keep the cost below what Apple’s iMac lineup shells out for, though.
If Apple announces a new Mac mini, will you pick one up, depending on its hardware?