What if the Mac mini is put on Death Row?
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

What if the Mac mini is put on Death Row?

AppleInsider says that the mini, which hasn't been updated as often as the rest of the Mac line, was created to serve the "once-critical" sub-$800 computer market -- a market that CEO Steve Jobs had repeatedly said (almost right up to the mini's debut) didn't interest Apple. The article also says that the diminutive Mac never gained the sales traction of its more fully equipped iMacs and MacBooks.

Most folks actually considering a low end Mac will go ahead and strongly consider the least-expensive iMac, which may be a reason for Apple to keep the 17-inch iMac around (the rumor mill also has it [url=http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/imac_updates_next_month]marked for death[/url]). And folks coming over from the dark side identify the iMac and the MacBook with Apple, at least in the consumer space. But some IT guys, including Macsimum's own contributing editor, Don Foy, will really miss the thing if it vanishes.

"No, it's not a killer server," he says. "But for some tasks, it is perfect. I work in newspapers, and for the past year we've been putting two of them in at each site, one to capture feeds from the wire services and the other to run a stand-alone application that doesn't necessarily require a server. Maybe Apple's not selling enough of them. Maybe they want to concentrate on something else. If they're not going to give it the development it needs to remain a viable player in the market, then they may as well kill it."

David Niemeijer of [url=http://www.assistiveware.com]AssistiveWare[/url] would hate to see the Mac mini go. "I think the mini fills an important niche," he told Macsimum News. "It is a nice little headless server computer. It is also a very attractive computer for blind users, who could care less about a monitor. Some blind people get an iMac or macbook, but others see the mini as the perfect low end computer and a reason to switch from PC to Mac."

So does this mean the end of Apple's attempt to hit the "low end" computer niche? Probably not. Niemeijer feels that, considering the company's experiments with the Apple TV and iPhone, they're more capable then ever to device good low end solutions.

"I think the biggest weak point of the Mac mini is that once you started adding options, it can quickly get pretty expensive for a low end computer," he adds. "Strong points are the small size and the relatively silent operation. And, of course, the fact that you are not required to use it with a monitor."

Then there's Macsimum Contributing Editor Frank (Video Sandbox) Petrie who has this to say: "I hate to demise of the mini. but so long as it was the first step of an, oh I don't know, major step forward for Apple TV. If nothing is forthcoming from the project, I'm less amused."

Apple Inc.
Google Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Grim Fandango Remastered (Games)
Grim Fandango Remastered 1.0.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: April 27-May 1, 20...
May Merriment at 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've... | Read more »
The Ensign, Prequel to A Dark Room, is C...
Amirali Rajan's The Ensign is the prequel to the text-based adventure A Dark Room, and it's gone free for a couple of days. [Read more] | Read more »
Streamline - calendar (Productivity)
Streamline - calendar 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Productivity Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Do you dare to break conventions?Streamline is the first real evolution from the paper diary. It is a patented and unique calendar app that redefines how you see and plan your time! | Read more »
Plants vs. Zombies Celebrates its Sixth...
It's pretty wild to think that the  Plants vs. Zombies  series has been around for six years already. To celebrate this mildly unconventional milestone, Popcap is giving players some free stuff in Plants vs. Zombies 2. Because they got the whole "birthday gifts" thing backwards. I blame the zombies. [Read more] | Read more »
Dropbox Adds MS Office Documents and Mor...
Dropbox, the popular file storage solution, has announced an update that adds three new features for you to enjoy. [Read more] | Read more »
The All-Consuming Snake is Back and Hung...
Taneli Armanto, the designer of Nokia 6110 Snake, is back to work. Together with Rumilus Design, he's working on a new Snake game titled Snake Rewind. [Read more] | Read more »
WAVE Personal Calendar Now Connects You...
WAVE Calendar, by e-sites, has added an interesting new feature: real life personal assistants. The e-sites webpage has been redesigned so personal assistants can apply to work directly with WAVE. [Read more] | Read more »
Find Your Vacation Home With Dwellable
Dwellable is a new travel app that helps you to find rental homes for your vacation, allowing you to swipe your way through listings from over 15,000 destinations worldwide. [Read more] | Read more »
Play Endless Golf in Flick Golf Free...
Full Fat has released a new update for Flick Golf! Free. The ‘Eliminator’ update brings a whole new way to play with its endless round. [Read more] | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.