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ikir
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For me Mac mini 2018 is still impressive and just doubling SSD is a nice upgrade. I'm really thinking about it since I work all day (home, office and my users offices) with my MacBook Pro 13" but it could be handy to have a desktop plugged at home all the time.


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I’m curious about the 3733mhz memory in the updated MacBook Air.

How much of a positive impact will it have on performance?

 

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@rnb2, good info, that I wasnt really aware of... guess I've got caught up in the daft frenzy of trying to chase the most cutting edge/new hardware without actually checking if there are any real gains to be had...

I do think @itsage is right though, updates for the mini are going to be very slow... I do wish they had tried a different form factor, would have loved an Airport shaped Mini in space grey which could fit an ITX sized GPU, but of course that's been asked for by a vocal minority for years...

 

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@eightarmedpet I honestly wasn't sure what current Intel parts would be suitable for the mini until I dove back into their site for the first time in a while. It's hard to keep things straight - their offerings are all over the map right now, and they've complicated things by no longer even showing the base clock, only the max clock, in their overviews. I think we've always had to click on each processor to see things like TDP, but now we have to do that just to see the base clock, too, so it's hard to even know which parts are in current machines unless you have them memorized.

I would love to have seen something more capable in 2018 - I was hoping for something with the integrated Vega GPU, like Intel used in the high-end NUC, but they probably wanted the mini to serve as many users as possible, and those that need a decent GPU are probably very much in the minority. Looking on the bright side, if they had included a decent GPU in the mini, I wouldn't have found this place!

 

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I really hope Apple will remove the internal PSU in the next Mac mini redesign. That way the footprint can be much smaller and less heat to manage too. The computer can be powered with an AC adapter like the Mac laptops through USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. The best scenario is with a TB3 enclosure with 100W PD.

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@itsage

I can see Apple evolving the Mini in that direction. Giving us a smaller form factor and also an ARM processor with 8-core integral graphics. 

For a future iMac, they might go a different way. Intel CPUs with higher powered XE graphics could strengthen the identity of the iMac as a serious semi-“Pro” level machine (that doesn’t cost as much as a nice diamond ring). 

Since neither of these scenarios would happen until 2022, that four year wait between model refreshes could be destined to become cemented as Apple tradition. 

“One more thing...” becomes “See you in 48 months!” 🙋‍♂️

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“Apple plans to launch several Mac notebooks and desktop computers with its own custom designed Arm-based processors in 2021, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a research note obtained by MacRumors.“

So the 2020 spec bump coming to the iMac will likely disappoint. Probably only a move to SSD storage starting at 256 GB. Same as with the Mini.

🤦‍♂️

 

These moves are setting up the 2020 13/14” MBP to be the only impressive hardware refresh of the year. 

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Posted by: @itsage

I really hope Apple will remove the internal PSU in the next Mac mini redesign. That way the footprint can be much smaller and less heat to manage too. The computer can be powered with an AC adapter like the Mac laptops through USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. The best scenario is with a TB3 enclosure with 100W PD.

Or start using GaN technology in their power adapters. The price is very reasonable now.

I have two of them and they are minute and dissipate no heat at all for the power they deliver.

I do not like external bricks, they mess up any installation.

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ikir
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Posted by: @jangoloti_1
Posted by: @itsage

I really hope Apple will remove the internal PSU in the next Mac mini redesign. That way the footprint can be much smaller and less heat to manage too. The computer can be powered with an AC adapter like the Mac laptops through USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. The best scenario is with a TB3 enclosure with 100W PD.

Or start using GaN technology in their power adapters. The price is very reasonable now.

I have two of them and they are minute and dissipate no heat at all for the power they deliver.

I do not like external bricks, they mess up any installation.

I agree but indeed with a PD eGPU Mac mini could be much more smaller, no PSU at all!


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Ordering a standard model 21.5” iMac with 6-core 8th-gen i5 CPU from the Apple Store gives you a stated delivery time of only 2 days.

But ordering a standard model 27” iMac with the same processor gives you a delivery estimate of... 15-22 days. 

Ok... 🤔

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