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Vector with Rene Ritchie

Nov 8, 2018

Maybe Apple always intended to update the Mac mini but got distracted by more urgent projects? Maybe Apple was waiting to do something... different with the mini, but it was taking too long? Or maybe Apple never meant to update the mini at all but changed its mind after seeing just how much its customers missed the littlest Mac?

I don’t know. But I do know this: After four long, fallow years, Apple has finally updated the Mac mini.

So, is this the Mac mini we’ve all been waiting for? Yes and no. It’s not a bold new take of the original switcher or re-imagining of the desktop for the post-Intel world.

It’s not even really entry level any more, based on the price, except compared to every other Mac.

It may be a placeholder, it could be a resurrection, but it could also be pragmatic. Most Macs sold are notebooks not desktops, and most desktops sold are iMacs not Mac mini’s.

So, where does that leave us?