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Apple’s Mac mini isn’t dead just yet, says Tim Cook

by Danny Zepeda | October 19, 2017October 19, 2017 1:30 pm PST

Apple went out of its way earlier this year to announce it was updating the Mac Pro, but its other severely ignored computer, the Mac mini, didn’t receive the same vote of confidence.

The minuscule computer hasn’t been updated in over three years, yet it’s still being offered by Apple. Some sort of update has long been asked for by customers, and Apple may finally be relenting, according to Tim Cook.

An Apple customer recently emailed Tim Cook, lamenting the decrepit state the Mac Mini is in, and asked if it was going to be updated any time soon. Tim Cook’s response was refreshingly honest, giving Mac mini fans a sliver of hope.

“While it is not time to share any details, we do plan for the Mac mini to be an important part of our product line moving forward,” responded the Apple CEO.

That’s not much to go on, but it is better than the dead silence Apple has given us on the Mac mini over the past three years. Cook’s response sounds like some sort of refresh is on the way, but that’s us speculating more than anything.

After the release of the all-USB-C MacBook Pro and its deletion of the SD card—on top of the Mac Pro not being updated for years—a large majority of Apple pro users loudly told the Cupertino giant it was forgetting about an important core base of customers. Since then, Apple has been slowly trying to calm the ire by announcing a major update arriving for the Mac Pro in 2018 and unveiling the iMac Pro. A revamp of the Mac mini may be the last part of Apple’s apology to customers.

We certainly hope so because the Mac mini was a great computer that has been forgotten for far too long.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...