Should you buy a Mac Mini in 2018 or should you wait for a fresh and new 2018 Mac Mini update?
For years, yes years, we’ve been waiting for a new Mac Mini. This could be the year that it finally arrives, or we might be left waiting for 2018.
There’s a resurgence of interest in the Mac Mini this year as a Plex server that pairs up with Hue lighting to become an epic Apple TV alternative. Other users are interested in buying a cheap Mac, which isn’t really an option on the laptop side of things.
With this in mind we’re here to help you decide if you should wait for the 2018 Mac Mini release date, buy the Mac Mini Apple still sells or look for an alternative.
Reasons to Wait for the 2018 Mac Mini
- The Current Mac Mini Isn’t Powerful Enough
- Apple Says it is Still Important
- You Can Wait a While
- Wait if You Still Want a Cheap Mac
Reasons Not to Wait for the 2018 Mac Mini
- You Need a Computer Now
- There’s No Guarantee One is Coming This Year
- Don’t Wait for Mac Mini Deals
- Don’t Wait if You Don’t Like Apple’s Current Direction
2018 Mac Mini Rumors
The Mac Mini is still important to Apple according to CEO Tim Cook, and new information from a well respected source on Apple’s upcoming products expects a new Mac Mini this year. This is what you need to know about the latest 2018 Mac Mini rumors.
2018 Mac Mini Release Date
There is a chance that we will see a 2018 Mac Mini release date in 2018 in September or October. New MacBook Pro models arrived with upgraded processors and specs in July, and we expect many other announcements later this year.
2018 Mac Mini Changes
We don’t know a lot about what Apple will do to make the Mac Mini new again.
The latest report from Ming-Chi Kou states that processor upgrades are likely coming to the cheapest Mac. It’s not clear if we will see a new design to go along with new processors.
Bloomberg reports that the 2018 Mac Mini is coming soon, and it is aimed at professional users. This mean faster processors, more storage options and a higher price.
Wait if The Current Mac Mini Isn’t Powerful Enough
The current Mac Mini, which is from 2014 uses an old processor, spinning hard drive and older integrated graphics.
You can upgrade many of these parts, which will allow you to turn a 2014 Mac Mini into a faster, better machine with maxed out RAM and a SSD, but it’s still going tied to a processor from 2014.
If you want a powerful Mac Mini that can keep up with everything you need to do, you will likely want to wait and see what kind of processor Apple delivers in a 2018 Mac Mini.
Bloomberg’s latest report states, “For this year’s model, Apple is focusing primarily on these pro users, and new storage and processor options are likely to make it more expensive than previous versions, the people said.”
Wait Because a New Mac Mini is Coming
We do know that Apple is still planning a future with the Mac Mini in the lineup. Tim Cook emailed a customer in late 2017 saying,
“While it is not time to share any details, we do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward.”
That’s as good as you’ll get to a confirmation that Apple is working on a new Mac Mini.
The latest report indicates the new Mac Mini is coming in 2018.
There are some products where we are left wondering if Apple will deliver an upgrade at all, like the iPhone SE 2, but with Cook saying there is a future for the Mac Mini, you can count on a new one at some stage.
Wait for the New Mac Mini if You Aren’t in a Hurry
While Cook says the Mac Mini is an important part of Apple’s future, there is no specific time frame for the new Mac Mini release date.
Rumors do show that Apple may finally be ready to announce a new Mac Mini in 2018 with upgraded processors, but these are only rumors and we’ve heard similar rumblings for the last three years.
If you can afford to wait Apple out, you’re in a good place.
Wait if You Still Want a Cheap Mac
The Mac Mini is the cheapest Mac that you can buy. It’s $500 cheaper than the MacBook Air, $800 cheaper than the iMac, $800 cheaper than the MacBook and $800 cheaper than last year’s 13-inch MacBook Pro.
This is the entry-level Mac for many potential buyers, and if you are looking for a cheap Mac it’s a good idea to wait and see what happens this fall.
Given the latest rumors that this will focus on professional users, the price may climb, but it could still be a viable option for some users.
Originally we expected Apple would keep the price the same, but now it looks like they may focus on professional users instead of delivering a cheap Mac. That said, we still think it is a good idea to wait and see what happens next month before buying a new computer.
Don’t Wait if You Need a Computer Now
The current Mac Mini may be enough for your needs, or you may want to look at Mac Mini alternatives to fill a gap in your home or office.
If your computer is broken or cannot keep up, you shouldn’t spend loads of time waiting for the 2018 Mac Mini to arrive.
Instead, look into upgrading your current system, buying a refurbished Mac or switching to a Windows PC that delivers way more power and modern computing power at a better price.
You can also stop waiting and buy an older Mac Mini if you have a specific use case that you know it is a perfect fit for.
There’s No Guarantee One is Coming This Year
Apple is in no hurry to upgrade the Mac Mini, and there is a chance the 2018 Mac Mini is not coming and you’ll be left waiting for the 2019 Mac Mini.
Yes, Tim Cook said that the Mac Mini is important and Kou’s report mentions processor upgrades for a new Mac mini, but it may not even come in 2018.
There is a good chance that Apple will push the Mac Mini until a spring event next year or even further out.
Don’t Wait for Mac Mini Deals
The Mac Mini is $499 for the base model, and up to $1,999 fully configured at Apple, which may lead to some shoppers waiting for a new Mac Mini to get a deal.
Don’t wait, look for deals now. You can find a new Mac Mini deal for $399 easily at B&H Photo. You can also find other deals at B&H Photo with more RAM or storage.
Apple also sells refurbished Mac Mini models starting at $419 and including higher end models that you may prefer to buy direct from Apple.
We don’t expect prices on the older models to drop much after a new Mac Mini release date. The current model is already almost four years old, so prices are already discounted at many retailers.
Don’t Wait if You Don’t Like Apple’s Current Direction
The Mac Mini is one of the few Apple products that you can still upgrade on your own. Since it comes without a monitor, keyboard and mouse it is also one of the few options that lets you avoid paying for an Apple keyboard you don’t like or a high-end monitor you don’t need.
Don’t hold out hope for a modular Mac Mini that you can upgrade as you need to. Apple’s direction is to make things thinner and lock down upgrade options even when they don’t need to.
Look at the iMac, where Apple chose form over the ability for users to upgrade RAM on the smaller model and storage on both models. There’s no indication Apple will give users back any of this freedom with a 2018 Mac Mini.
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