Last week, Mac mini shipping times slipped to 5–7 days, but it appears that Apple’s inventory has normalized over the weekend as shipping times (via 9to5Mac) for the standard Mac mini have returned to 24 hours in both the United States and Canada.

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Mac mini shipping times for many other countries around the world remain at 5 to 7 days, as do shipping times for the Mac mini Server, so it is unclear whether or not there is a simple product shortage or if the continued 5 to 7 day worldwide shipping time is indicative of a possible refresh.

The Mac mini, which was last updated in October of 2012, is a potential candidate for an upgrade to Haswell processors. Several other computers in Apple’s lineup are expected to be refreshed with Haswell processors as well, possibly during August or September.

Top Rated Comments

tubular Avatar
108 months ago
I never really understood the point of the Mac mini to be honest.

Among other things, to not send a perfectly functional LCD screen to the landfill every few years just because it's literally welded to an outdated machine.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pancakedrawer Avatar
108 months ago
I never really understood the point of the Mac mini to be honest.

A top end mini will Geekbench as well as a top end rMBP. In the past it may have been a niche market but over the coming years, with the improvements in integrated graphics, it will be a much wiser choice than an iMac.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tubular Avatar
108 months ago
Not if you own an iMac.

Which first-time Mac buyers, who already have monitors, keyboards, and mice, don't.

For $1300 I can buy a 2.7GHz quad-core iMac with 8GB and a gorgeous screen I will later have to throw away as it is literally welded in place.

Or I can buy a pre-refresh Mac mini with 2.6GHz quad-core and 8GB, use my already-have-it screen, my already-have-it mouse, my already-have-it keyboard, and buy three hundred dollars worth of pizza and beer. After the refresh, this deal will probably be even better.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Asclepio Avatar
108 months ago
booooooooo
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dan-- Avatar
108 months ago
My situation too, sort of. I have a circa-2010 Core 2, and I'm itching for a couple more cores. [...]
The real kicker for me, the sticking point I keep returning to, is the idea that
the iMac is now literally welded shut. They may was well stencil on the back: No Repairs or Upgrades Possible.
A slightly larger case than the mini, with desktop parts instead of laptop parts, or a Mac Pro style cylinder with desktop, not server parts. I think either might work.

We need the tweener desktop model, as the iMac just does not do it for a lot of folks.

Dan
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bbeagle Avatar
108 months ago
I never really understood the point of the Mac mini to be honest.

You don't understand the point in selling a computer without monitor, keyboard or mouse? Isn't that how MOST people upgrade computers, since they already own a monitor, keyboard and mouse?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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