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2012 Mac mini - What will make you pull the Trigger?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: 2012 Mac mini - What will make you pull the Trigger? Reply with quote

Other than wanting the latest and greatest, what would influence you enough to buy one?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would probably take my old mini dying to get a new one. My 1.83 GHz C2D is being used for home theater and it meets that need just fine. My G4 mini is in the office and if works fine for word processing etc.

After owning a retina display iPad likely I'd only consider retina display products for future purchases. I question if a future Mac mini will have what it takes to drive a future retina display.

Likely I'll be replacing my iMac (living room/kitchen/ dining area) with a rumored retina display iMac before I buy another mini, I find it to be a nicer general use computer.

That being said if Apple redesigns the mini in a manner that makes it appealing to replace my HTPC mini (theater room) I'd consider it, but updates to iOS 6 and my Apple tv might fill that gap as well, especially if jailbreaks are available.

It's funny the more I write this post, the more I think about what appealed to me about the Mac mini in the first place. It is an extremely versatile unit. It's only because I have purchased just about all of Apple's product line since, that I don't need the same versatility any longer.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm probably going to buy one of the new ones and put this one (2009 model) on Craigslist. It will take USB 3.0 and another TB port to close the deal though. There's little doubt in my mind that it will be faster and include Mountain Lion. Which with the pricing of OS upgrades these days, has become a lesser reason to upgrade systems. I would most definitely be upgrading from a Mac that didn't support Mountain Lion though. No question about that one.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
After owning a retina display iPad likely I'd only consider retina display products for future purchases. I question if a future Mac mini will have what it takes to drive a future retina display.

I actually have my doubts about an Ivy Bridge based iMac powering that many pixels. No matter what video card they use in the next model. What screen resolution would that even be on a 27" model?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As im ready and waiting to purchase a new mac mini the only thing that would stop me from getting a new 2012 model is if it doesnt come out by the time i need it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dinshaw wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
After owning a retina display iPad likely I'd only consider retina display products for future purchases. I question if a future Mac mini will have what it takes to drive a future retina display.

I actually have my doubts about an Ivy Bridge based iMac powering that many pixels. No matter what video card they use in the next model. What screen resolution would that even be on a 27" model?


I don't know what the pixel count would need to be, but the 15" retina has 5,184,000 pixels vs. 3,686,400 on a 27" iMac and 2,073,600 on a 21.5" iMac, so there is definitely room for improvement even with today's technology. I'm sure 1.5 - 3 million extra pixels on an iMac (or Thunderbolt Display) would look fantastic, especially on a 21.5" model.

Apple has sort of painted themselves in a corner with the term retina display. I'd be happy to see a 5 million pixel count iMac even if some uber geek with 20/10 vision claimed he could distinguish an individual pixel.
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