Mac Mini design

Apple’s Mac mini is way overdue for a specs bump – it’s now been a whopping 458 days since the $599 desktop received its last hardware refresh, bringing faster processors and other updated internals.

According to a Belgian retailer’s online storefront, Apple’s most affordable Mac desktop is about to be updated with the latest Intel Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

This information has been corroborated by at least one source who was able to confirm that the Mac mini refresh tidbit came from “reliable sources”…

MacRumors discovered placeholder listings for Haswell-based Mac minis in Core i5 and Core i7 variations in the retail system of major Belgian retailer Computerstore.be.

Moreover, their forum reader contacted the store and was told that the information “comes from Apple or reliable sources”. The store representative apparently told this guy that the refreshed minis are expected to launch by the end of February.

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The upcoming configurations should include OS X Mavericks, Intel Iris graphics, Gigabit Wi-Fi, HDMI, Thunderbolt, FireWire and USB 3. The product listing is accompanied by a brief product descriptions in German, here’s your Google translation.

The Apple Mac mini features a sturdy and above all very compact aluminum housing. Despite its small size, the Apple Mac mini comes with powerful hardware.

The Mac mini is equipped with the latest Intel Core i7 processor from Haswell series. This processor is obviously faster than its predecessor, but also uses the powerful Intel Iris graphics.

The latest Apple operating system, OS X Mavericks, works very user friendly and communicates seamlessly with other Apple products. So for example you can just get iMessages on your Mac mini. In addition, OS X Mavericks a very secure operating system, you have (almost) not suffer from nasty viruses.

The Apple Mac mini with the latest WiFi standard 802.11ac. This will make use of a high speed Gigabit LAN. You are here obviously compatible 802.11ac equipment needed.

If you ever want to expand the memory of the Mac Mini, this is easily done by turning the black plate on the bottom and then add additional memory. The Mac Mini has many connections. He is equipped with HDMI, USB 3.0, FireWire and high-speed Thunderbolt connection.

Wondering if the new minis include the regular Thunderbolt or the latest and speedier Thunderbolt 2 I/O…

Yours truly used to own a 2008 Mac mini before finally upgrading to a 2010 MacBook Air (it’s been my only work machine ever since). I nevertheless kept my mini around for years. It would become my home theater PC, sitting under the telly and running OS X Server, Plex, iTunes and other media apps.

With the advent of all-flash Macs, I was about to perform a DIY upgrade to a flash drive before deciding that the added expense wasn’t really worth the effort, so I sold it.

A flash-based Mac mini running a Haswell chip and featuring an even thinner profile (and certainly consuming even less power than the current generation) is going to be a very interesting proposition for non-Apple users who are considering switching to a Mac.

Have you ever seen/used/owned a Mac mini?

If so, did it strike you as a good value for money?

  • Justin

    I really don’t like correcting people, but it should be Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac WiFi.

    • Ricky

      802.11 ac is gigabit wifi. Its their nickname. Its as very fast as if its gigabith ethernet

  • Thomas

    In some parts of Belgium they speak german, but this is just plain Dutch 🙂 The company which sells these Macs is Dutch too, although this is their Belgian branch.

  • SonsoNL

    German? lol 🙂
    Owning an AppleTV.. always dubbing if i want to get a MacMini instead, since it would be more powerfull.
    But the ATV is still working fine (jailbroken ofc.) so for now, ill just stick with it.

  • Noah Mospan

    If this is true I will be buying one to replace my old and out dated macbook pro. I need a better work computer that can actually get stuff done. I recently tried to run TF2 on my MBP and it just can’t keep up.

  • Ricky

    I would never use flash on mac mini if it were my only computer…. Flash is fast but small. I will use it on my macbook pro/air though

  • Ricky

    Wondering is macbook air intel HD5000 is called as intel iris? Because intel iris is HD5100. Doffrence by 100… And the intel iris pro is HD5200

  • pfahli

    Everything that doesn’t sound like english, french or russian is german 😀

  • Elvin Topalov

    Sometimes I ask myself why I bought an iPad when I could have gotten a Mac Mini, but now I’m not so mad at myself since it would have been refreshed.(:

    • Dan

      two completely different products.

      ie: You can’t use your Mac Mini while taking the subway to work 😉

      • ikaruga65

        not to mention while taking a dump instead of reading a shampoo bottle label.

      • Dan

        remind me not to borrow your iPad lol

      • Andrew

        I can relate

  • Arjan Vlek

    Helaas niet meer leverbaar :lol Thats Dutch for “no longer in stock”. As if it ever had been…

  • Max Dale

    This is such great news. I almost bought a Mini for Christmas, but held off knowing that a new one may be on the horizon. Let’s just hope this is accurate. I’m dying to get my first Mac. 🙂

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    If Apple is going to upgrade the Mac Mini I wonder if they’ll upgrade their Thunderbolt Display too…

  • momerathe

    FINALLY!!!

    I’ve been wanting to buy a new mini as a media centre since last summer, but each time kept putting it off waiting for the refresh.

  • Lnds500

    This will be my first Mac!

    I’d kill for some flash storage (or a hybrid) in the standard config but I’m not holding my breath. Either way, totally sold. I’ve been looking for a way to distance myself from Windows 8 for a while now.

    • Michael Miller

      Heck no. Let me replace my own hardware. Keep the gimmicky ‘soldered on’ crap inside the Macbook Air.