The poor Mac Mini is starting to wither on the Apple tree.
Apple’s smallest desktop hasn’t seen an update since October 2012. There hasn’t even been a Mac Mini rumor since February 2014.
I’m only complaining because I need to purchase one for use as an ingest station on a remote edit that starts in two weeks. I’ve been using a 2009 Mac Mini for these remote edits but the poor machine is really starting to show its age. What are the odds that Apple will release an updated model before I leave?
Of course the starting price of the current (old) Mini is still $599. The price is the same today as it was when the machine was released 18 months ago. That could be considered criminal. It’s a lot to ask people to pay full price for a machine that is 18 months old when a new model could hit at WWDC. Buyers remorse is a terrible feeling and it can erode trust in a company very quickly. It would be a different story entirely if the current Mini was selling at a reduced price. But Apple never treats their hardware offerings as “old.” Every computer is always considered “current” no matter how long it sits on the shelf.
I do believe that the current (old) mini would suite my needs if I bought it but I can’t justify spending full price on 18 month old hardware. Am I wrong?
Thank goodness Best Buy has a 14 day return policy!
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