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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: THE Mini to buy right now? Reply with quote

Is the smart money on waiting until the next Mini revision, perhaps to Haswell, or will it not make any difference?

I am doing fine right now with the MacBook Pro I have now..so I can wait if it makes more sense to get better value.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guess is tomorrow Tues Oct. 08/13. Apple will send out invitations to an Oct 15 event.

Mavericks just went "gold master".

So at a minimum I would wait until Mavericks is released, if you're not in a rush and can afford to wait a week or two.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:38 am    Post subject: Re: THE Mini to buy right now? Reply with quote

warp9 wrote:
Is the smart money on waiting until the next Mini revision, perhaps to Haswell, or will it not make any difference?

I am doing fine right now with the MacBook Pro I have now..so I can wait if it makes more sense to get better value.

thank you!
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Keep what you have. Mac Pro a good laptop.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:31 am    Post subject: Re: THE Mini to buy right now? Reply with quote

marv777 wrote:
Keep what you have. Mac Pro a good laptop.

The Mac Pro is a workstation. The MacBook Pro is a laptop.

Probably about time to consider upgrading from a 2010 MacBook Pro.

Though I think with the recent price rise a Mini update this year is a lot less likely than I thought before the rise, I agree it would be worth waiting to see what hardware is launched alongside Mavericks.

Remember also that if you buy direct from Apple there is a 14 day return policy (have a read of the Apple Store T&Cs if interested).

The Haswell Mini should have lower energy usage, a slightly faster CPU, better graphics, maybe a PCIe SSD option for faster storage and maybe 802.11ac (useful if you intend to connect your Mini to your network via Wi-Fi rather than ethernet) Wi-Fi. Though we won't know for sure what it does and doesn't have till it is announced.

Even if you don't like the Haswell Mini it is possible that soon after it is released you will be able to pickup the 2012 model for less than what you can get it for now.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple has 9 diff Mac Mini models on their refurb page today. usually they have only 2-4 models. indicates to me a update coming soon. or maybe a good buy today.
I see Apple may offer a lower priced iMac next year. I don't see how they can increase desktop sales with lower demand year after year, without softening their prices.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All that means is that, for today, they have a lot of different refurb minis available.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
All that means is that, for today, they have a lot of different refurb minis available.

SC


Yup. Somedays there are lots of refurbs other days none. It really comes down to product returns/repairs.

The refurbs usually stay the same price when Apple introduces a new model. Sometimes the price of the refurbs go down, but it's not always the case. Usually what happens in the new model gets offered as a refurb about 4 month after it's release date and the oldest of the refurbs gets discontinued.

Looks like we are waiting til Oct 22 to find out. Invites should be sent out this Tues.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:06 pm    Post subject: Re: THE Mini to buy right now? Reply with quote

mdgm wrote:
marv777 wrote:
Keep what you have. Mac Pro a good laptop.

The Mac Pro is a workstation. The MacBook Pro is a laptop.

Probably about time to consider upgrading from a 2010 MacBook Pro.

Though I think with the recent price rise a Mini update this year is a lot less likely than I thought before the rise, I agree it would be worth waiting to see what hardware is launched alongside Mavericks.

Remember also that if you buy direct from Apple there is a 14 day return policy (have a read of the Apple Store T&Cs if interested).

The Haswell Mini should have lower energy usage, a slightly faster CPU, better graphics, maybe a PCIe SSD option for faster storage and maybe 802.11ac (useful if you intend to connect your Mini to your network via Wi-Fi rather than ethernet) Wi-Fi. Though we won't know for sure what it does and doesn't have till it is announced.

Even if you don't like the Haswell Mini it is possible that soon after it is released you will be able to pickup the 2012 model for less than what you can get it for now.
Right made a mistake about that.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see that the Mini was left out again regarding updates. Is there a time of year when Apple silently updates computers or is that just a random thing?

The iPhone is looking more like a replacement for a Mini now that it has 64 bit processing. Will the next Mini run iOS 7? All iOS needs is a filing system.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smallwheels wrote:
I see that the Mini was left out again regarding updates. Is there a time of year when Apple silently updates computers or is that just a random thing?

The iPhone is looking more like a replacement for a Mini now that it has 64 bit processing. Will the next Mini run iOS 7? All iOS needs is a filing system.


Now that it's not announced with Mavericks, there is no telling when Apple may update the mini.

It's been 366 days since the mini was updated on Oct 2012

Oct 2012 461 days
Jul 2011 400 days
Jun 2010 238 days
Oct 2009 231 days
Mar 2009 574 days
2007

The longest time between updates was 574 days.
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