Rumors are spreading that in addition to new iMacs being introduced at the upcoming Apple event, we’re going to be seeing new Mac Minis, as well as a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and of course, the iPad Mini.
Unlike the new iMacs, which will feature a laminated display for a thinner-than-ever profile, the new Mac Minis likely won’t undergo any major changes. Apple last updated the Mac Mini substantially in 2010, with an all-new design that featured, for the first time, a means of accessing the inside of the machine. An uncharacteristic move for Apple, the change let users upgrade their Mini’s memory just by unscrewing the bottom of the computer.
It’s hard to improve on the current Mini’s design, as svelte as the square is. Still, we’d like to see at least a second Thunderbolt port added to the rear of the machine, among other things.
Of course, even though you’re able to, you might not to – assuming 9to5mac is correct in stating that the new Minis will be configurable up to 16GB of RAM, which is a first for Apple. The usual standard configurations are expected to be present, too, with an entry-level, a mid-range, and a higher-end Mini with a quad-core CPU and a copy of OS X’s Server tools preinstalled.
Pricing data isn’t expected to change, which means that the Mac Mini is still the cheapest way to get your hands on a copy of OS X – current pricing starts at $599.