As far as Apple is concerned, September usually focuses on the mobile side of things, and with the introduction of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch earlier on this month, we certainly haven’t been disappointed. If we take into context Apple’s past release cycles, we can probably expect that the iPad line-up will be getting a bump at some point next month, and with OS X Yosemite 10.10 also rumored to be arriving at the same as-yet unannounced event, a new report is offering that a new Mac mini is on the cards.
The MacBook, perhaps justifiably given its suitability to the modern digital era, commands the lion’s share of the blogosphere’s attention, with the likes of the iMac and Mac mini often considered as an afterthought. But with the elusive Retina MacBook Air not set to arrive until next year and the MacBook Pro doing quite alright at its current duration after a refresh in July, the only plausible new Mac hardware we’re likely to see imminently is that of the desktop variety.
The Mac mini is arguably the best value Mac on the market. It’s not only the cheapest in terms of the hardware bundled within, but users have the flexibility of being able to choose their own monitor, as well as swapping out numerous interior components. One of the main gripes with the MacBook and iMac recently has been that users cannot beef up the specs every so often, but instead, must go out and purchase a whole new rig, however the Mac mini retains some of those traditional computing values whilst still offering a decidedly compact form factor.
According to a report over at MacRumors, new Mac mini hardware could “possibly” launch next month alongside Yosemite, and although details seem fairly scarce, it seems fairly safe to say that if there are any changes, we’re talking ‘refresh’ as opposed to serious ‘upgrade’.
Thus, if the Apple blog’s source is correct, we can legitimately speculate that a processor bump would be among the enhancements, although given that Intel’s new Broadwell chips won’t be ready until the end of the year – this being the main reason for the Retina MacBook Air’s apparent delay – it seems a little amiss that Apple would opt for the now-ageing Haswell chips.
Still, if you’re a fan of the Mac mini, this is certainly encouraging news, and if we get wind of any further details, we’ll let you guys know right away.