Mac Mini

The next Mac mini won’t be so mini anymore

Apple’s most affordable Mac starts at just $499. Described as a BYODKM desktop computer (Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard and Mouse), it’s just an inch and a half tall and weighs 2.6 pounds.

They’re calling it Mac mini and it comes with four USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, HDMI video output, Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card slot and more.

The next Mac mini “won’t be so mini anymore.”

That’s according to a source, cited by the Pike’s Universe blog, that’s usually “pretty accurate”. The comment suggests that Apple’s next flagship Mac mini model could feature a taller chassis in order to accommodate for more powerful hardware.

Apple is “sorry” about “a pause” in Mac upgrades

A quick look at MacRumors’ Buyers Guide is all it takes to realize Apple’s neglected its Mac fans with slow upgrades. Part of the problem lies in Apple’s heavy reliance on Intel. Making matters worse, the chip maker abandoned its tick-tock release schedule as it’s become economically unsustainable.

Perhaps that’s why Apple summoned its senior executives Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus for “a small roundtable discussion about Mac” with five journalists (Matthew Panzarino, Lance Ulanoff, Ina Fried, John Paczkowski and John Gruber).

Mac mini is “important” and shall remain a product in Apple’s lineup for the time being

Mac mini is an “important” model in Apple’s family of computers and will remain a product in the company’s lineup for the time being, said Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller when BuzzFeed’s reporter John Paczkowski asked him about the state of the most affordable Mac desktop. He did not say, however, when the small computer might receive a hardware refresh.

Simple tips for safely cleaning your Mac and other Apple devices

Your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and/or any other other fancy high-tech devices you have are fun to use, but they’ll easily get dirty and collect dust, sneeze splatter, and bacteria from your fingers over time, whether they’re used frequently or not.

To combat grime, you can clean your devices every so often, but like anything else, there’s a right and a wrong way to do this.

In this piece, we’ll share with you some handy tips for cleaning your Apple devices safely so you don’t accidentally damage them.

Having trouble deciding what Mac to buy? Use Apple’s online comparison tool

Apple has a wide variety of Macs to choose from, so if you’re in the market to buy a new one, you might need some help deciding which one is going to be right for you.

Fortunately for anyone who needs a quick and reliable way to compare the specs and features of Apple’s various Mac models, Apple has an online comparison tool that is perfect for this need. In this piece, well show you how it works.

The different Mac OS X startup tones and the problems they indicate

The infamous startup tone that the Mac is known for when you turn it on isn’t just a sound, but is actually a very important part of your Mac’s boot up process.

Unless your volume is turned all the way down, not hearing your startup tone at the time you power on your Mac may indicate a problem with your machine. Additionally, unusual startup tone sequences are also indicative of a problem with your Mac and will require troubleshooting to resolve.

In this piece, we’ll attempt to outline what all the different scenarios of your Mac startup tone mean to give you better understanding of what to do should you ever end up in a situation where your Mac’s startup tone doesn’t sound right.

Apple updates Mac mini, lowers price to $499

In addition to the new 5K iMac, Apple announced an update to its aging Mac mini line today. The new desktop computer has been outfitted with Intel’s 4th-gen Core processor, and now supports PCIe-based flash storage and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and the faster Thunderbolt 2 ports.

But the Mac mini has never really been about performance; it’s been about the price. As Apple’s least expensive Mac machine offered, the mini gave more people access to the popular OS X ecosystem. And today, the computer gets even more accessible with a  $100 price drop.

Apple drops Mac mini prices across Europe, too

Apple is on a roll today. First it announced a $200 cheaper baseline iMac model, then we heard about slight Apple TV discounts across Europe and a lot deeper price cut on refurbished Time Capsule wireless base stations and now comes word that Cook & Co. have dropped prices of Mac mini models across key markets in Europe.

That’s right, our fans in Europe can now pick up a Mac mini for anywhere between €30 and €60 less (translates to approximately $40 and $82, respectively), depending on the country and model…

Haswell-based Mac mini refresh underway in late-February

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”…

Apple to bring Mac mini production to the U.S.

Earlier this month, Tim Cook sat down with Rock Center’s Brian Williams for his first major TV interview since becoming Apple’s CEO. And among the many topics covered in the conversation, Cook spoke about Apple’s plans to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US.

Initial speculation suggested that Apple was going to start making Mac Pros in the States, because of the desktop’s pricing and sales volume. But according to a new report out of Taiwan, it will actually be the smaller Mac mini that will soon be shifted to US production…