The Mac Mini is one of Apple’s best computers. It offers a modular and compact design that is super versatile, but it hasn’t been updated in over three years. Now, the 2011 variant has been deemed obsolete by Apple, meaning the end of the Mac Mini might be getting closer.
Apple updated its list of vintage and obsolete products, and the latest addition is the 2011 Mac Mini. An internal memo sent out by Apple that was acquired by MacRumors revealed that Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will not service this generation of the computer with repairs (beginning November 30, 2017).
There are two exceptions to the ruling: California and Turkey customers can still take in the 2011 Mac Mini in for repairs for an additional two years.
The last time Apple refreshed the Mac Mini was three years ago, when Apple included Intel’s dual-core Haswell processors in the refresh. Since then, the computer has just been left for dead as every other Mac (even the Mac Pro) has been updated.
Apple has dropped hints that it hasn’t forgotten about the Mac Mini. Tim Cook himself said that the Mac Mini is in Apple’s plans, but no updates for the computer have been announced. But Apple is planning major updates to its Mac desktop line-up with the iMac Pro (due out this month) and modular Mac Pro set to arrive some time in 2018. Just maybe, an updated Mac Mini might be thrown into that mix.
We’ll continue to hold out hope for the Mac Mini in the meantime.