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Apple Did It Again: Silent Upgrade of Mac mini Models
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:14 pm    Post subject: Apple Did It Again: Silent Upgrade of Mac mini Models Reply with quote

Apple Did It Again: Silent Upgrade of Mac mini Models
"As with the Mac mini G4, Apple seems to have upgraded the Mac mini models without much emphasis, as reported by SuperG:

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I have ordered a Mac mini Core solo with 1GB of RAM last Saturday to use it as a server, and what a surprise when I received the box!

My Mac mini has been upgraded:
- Core Duo 1.66GHz instead of Core Solo 1.5GHz
- HD 100GB instead of 60GB
- and a SuperDrive instead of a Combo!

Thanks Apple !


On the box, the specifications are those of a Mac mini Core Solo...
We doubt it is a mistake, probably the first samples of revision for the Mac mini models."

http://www.hardmac.com/news/2006-08-31/#5869

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, is this for real? That's exciting. Do we know if the Duo is now a 1.83Ghz, or what?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt it. He was probably sent the wrong machine. Some people on here have reported getting extra stuff in their refurbs. Maybe it was just a refurb. I just can't imagine Apple putting 100GB drives and a SuperDrive in the entry-level Mac mini. I might be all over one if they do though. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not. I got one last year with my PPC mini. It was a new BTO.
The thing about it is apple does not tell you, so you don't know until you open the box.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greentimbers wrote:
Why not. I got one last year with my PPC mini. It was a new BTO.
The thing about it is apple does not tell you, so you don't know until you open the box.


Why not? I think its a very poor way to do business. Its like having a $600-$800 grab bag. You might get the better system, you might not. Other people may get a better system for less money. I will NOT not be ordering a mini if they are going to do these stealth upgrades like they did last year.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why is it a poor way of doing business??

1.You order a mini with the options you want, that's what you get. Your happy Very Happy

2. You order a mini as above but they send you a upgraded mini with a faster cpu, larger HD, more video memory etc at no extra cost to you whatsoever. Cool

How is that a bad thing?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's say we both order a Core Solo mini today.

You get a 1.66GHz Core Duo with a 100GB HD and SuperDrive for $599.

I get a 1.5GHz Core Solo with a 60GB HD and Combo Drive for $599.

Is that fair? I just think that is a bad way of doing business.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I completely agree with g5g5. I thought this was poor business last year, and if they are doing it again (which, to my mind, is still in question), I think it's poor business this year.

Why is it only the mini that's silently upgraded? Why don't they ever silently upgrade the iMac, for instance? Or a laptop model? Is it because Apple thinks they can treat their low-end Mac customers cavalierly?

It's a bad thing because customers knowingly get screwed up front if they order and don't "hit it lucky", or customers find out they got screwed when they learn of the silent upgrade post-purchase.

Or Apple loses when customers know of the "lottery", and choose not to purchase because of it.

And that's me. I'm a big an Apple fanatic as there is, and an upgraded Intel mini might have been in my holiday shopping plans, but I'll be damned if I'm sending Apple a dime of my money without knowing exactly what I'm getting in return.

Certainly if someone wants to participate in the mini "lottery" it's their right. And if they can live with the disappointment of not getting lucky, then that's great. Not me, though.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ordered 2 mini's last Dec.
1 came from a local apple store and was stock.
No problem, I got what I ordered.

Ordered my second mini directly from apple (local store was out of stock)
This mini came with the stealth upgrade.

Am I happy about this or do I get mad because my first mini did not come the same way?

I look at it this way, if BOTH mini's had been stock I still would be happy with them. I got what I originally ordered.

Anything else is a bonus
Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way guys, we have decided not to report on this story in our main news feed. There really is no way to verify what system this one (yes you heard it one) person received. I know other sites are running this story into the ground, but we are going to sit this one out until more credible reports come in.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good decision, Brian. I've been wondering whether this is a "stealth" upgrade at all. There was the one report and then total silence from all Mac sites I check. Like others before me have indicated, I don't want stealth anyway. I don't want to pay $799 for a duo if I can get one for $200 cheaper and I wouldn't be happy if I spent $599 for a solo.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:15 pm    Post subject: another possibility Reply with quote

Another possibility (assuming that the report is true) is that the stock is running low on current models pending introduction of the new model, so Apple is shipping whatever they have on hand which is as good or better than what was ordered.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greentimbers wrote:
I ordered 2 mini's last Dec.
1 came from a local apple store and was stock.
No problem, I got what I ordered.

Ordered my second mini directly from apple (local store was out of stock)
This mini came with the stealth upgrade.

Am I happy about this or do I get mad because my first mini did not come the same way?

I look at it this way, if BOTH mini's had been stock I still would be happy with them. I got what I originally ordered.

Anything else is a bonus
Very Happy

JMHO

Yeah, but the difference between the last years stealth upgrade was 32MB of VRAM and .08MHz.

This stealth upgrade is a HUGE difference between each other. Which normally would cost you $200 in difference.

So last year I wouldn't really care. But if that was to happen to me this year, I'd be pissed.
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I agree with g5g5 and picaman. It is just bad business to do this.

There is no way you would pay a large sum of money for a car and not know if a 4-cylinder or a V6 comes built-in. Especially when they cost the exact same.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, u got a stealth upgrade. hopefully the better specs will be the core duo 1.66 GHz and DDR 667.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macfox wrote:
Cool, u got a stealth upgrade. hopefully the better specs will be the core duo 1.66 GHz and DDR 667.
Ummm, the Intel Mac minis always have had DDR 667.
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