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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 12:00 am    Post subject: Who's waiting for Haswell Mac minis? Reply with quote

I know Haswell Macs aren't even out yet, but who's waiting on a Haswell based Mac mini?

Any guesses on when they might come out and start shipping?
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, between now and sometime in the future.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might give a Haswell mini some serious consideration. My 2009 mini is getting a bit long in the tooth, though it still does everything I need. It all depends on whether the next mini is dazzling enough to get me to spend some cash. I'll have to wait and see the details.

My guess on when it will be released?... Q1 2014, based on nothing other than simple speculation.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am waiting for Haswell, but to upgrade my MBA, not my mini. The Haswell processor will supposedly give a big increase in battery time. That is more critical to me than any other benefit of Haswell. Faster processor and better graphics is nice, but my minis are already good enough in those areas. I wouldn't mind a faster 2009 mini (like papercut), but I can probably improve its speed more with an SSD than a Haswell processor, and I like the idea that there is still an optical drive in at least one of my minis.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not unless I find a very good bargain however I might consider it for a mac book pro or mac book air.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Intel has an event coming up with more details about Haswell and Bay-Trail (Silvermont). I'm really excited about both processor families. The latter could really shake up the tablet market. It could make tablets like the VivoTab Smart even more compelling. When you consider the move to a quad-core architecture, support for 64-bit x86 operating systems, and support for more than 2GB of RAM. As far as Haswell-based Mac minis, I see them coming out in the Fall along with updated iMacs. I'm also really interested in hearing about battery life in products like the MacBook Air. If they move the MacBook Air to Retina with a multi-touch screen and Haswell, I think that would be my next purchase from Apple.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see much benefit in waiting for Haswell particularly in a desktop unit. The increased performance is minimal. If you want good value buy a refurb mini and put the savings towards an SSD or a fusion drive. If you want graphics performance buy an iMac.

I don't see Apple upgrading the mini again before the Mac Pro gets its update.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
I don't see Apple upgrading the mini again before the Mac Pro gets its update.

I know Tim Cook said they are updating the Mac Pro, but I wouldn't be surprised if they went back on that one. Is there really a need for a big tower anymore? Even a mid-size tower? I mean, the iMac more than handles the power user. The Mac mini handles everything else like a jack of all trades. Why not just boost the capabilities of the Mac mini a little more? Perhaps with switchable graphics.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grasshopper wrote:
Is there really a need for a big tower anymore? Even a mid-size tower? I mean, the iMac more than handles the power user.


There is still a definite need for a pro tower, but the market is relatively small. Video production companies, television stations, recording studios etc.

Apple will definitely come out with another Mac Pro and of course it will still be a small seller. I've personally only sold 3 or so Mac Pros is 2 plus years and my store is very busy. Of course our corporate department sells a few, but it's still a relatively small number.

And yes, the Mac mini is adequate for 99% of people who want a desktop. I hope they do offer a model with it's own graphics processor this next time around.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 8:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's waiting for Haswell Mac minis? Reply with quote

PixelCo wrote:
I know Haswell Macs aren't even out yet, but who's waiting on a Haswell based Mac mini?

Any guesses on when they might come out and start shipping?
No one really knows when this will happen.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
... I hope they do offer a model with it's own graphics processor this next time around.

I thought that the Haswell GPU is supposed to be a big improvement over the 4000 in the Ivy Bridge - 2x?
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox wrote:
Bandit Bill wrote:
... I hope they do offer a model with it's own graphics processor this next time around.

I thought that the Haswell GPU is supposed to be a big improvement over the 4000 in the Ivy Bridge - 2x?


It is supposed to be twice as good.
That being said Intel 4000 was better than Intel 3000, but in some cases the older mini with the dedicated graphics chipset and and Intel 3000 out performed the Intel 4000 minis. We don't want to see that again.
Also it would be nice to have a higher end choice. People always want choice.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not. I don't see my self in the market for a new mini for a few years.

Haswell doesn't excite me, because there will be something after Haswell that will be better. After that there will be something better still.

However, I predict I will be completely disgusted with iOS X by then so it won't matter! Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
However, I predict I will be completely disgusted with iOS X by then so it won't matter! Laughing


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:29 pm    Post subject: Haswell Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
I'm not. I don't see my self in the market for a new mini for a few years.

Haswell doesn't excite me, because there will be something after Haswell that will be better. After that there will be something better still.

However, I predict I will be completely disgusted with iOS X by then so it won't matter! Laughing

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100% right it never ends I see this now in this computer field.It is like the audio field always something better comes along.
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