A new MacMini! Finally!

After well over four years Apple upgraded the MacMini!

I have like most other people only read about it, and I may never own one. But I can have opinions (as I have had before) about it anyway!

First, it is clearly a fine machine. If you buy it, put it on your desk and make use of it, it will probably serve you well for many years.

I think it is a shame that the SSD is (as it seems when I write this) not a standard replacable M.2/PCI unit. It would be so easy, trivial, and cost nothing, to make it a user replacable part (just like the memory appears to be). To me, this is a reason not to buy it. A non-replacable SSD is worse than non replacable RAM.

Previously – especially the earlier version – MacMini has been quite limited. It has seemed Apple has not wanted it to compete with the MacPro or the iMac in any way. Now it is possible to equip a MacMini with i7 CPU, 64GB of RAM and a lot of SSD storage. I think Apple has accepted that professionals will get it for doing real work (I think Adobe-stuff and perhaps programming). That is somewhat an interesting shift.

However, the entry level MacMini costs twice as much as the entry level MacMini cost when it was the cheapest. Apple seems to have abandoned the idea of selling it to regular consumers on a limited budget or as a dedicated media machine. I think it is a pity. Also if it was $449 it would be less of a problem that the storage is not replacable.

The GPU is not really for gaming and I kind of keep wondering why Apple does not release a computer suitable for Steam and market it with “pro gamer approves it runs top 10 games at 1920×1080”. However, external GPUs are becoming a real thing and perhaps a quite standard MacMini, with external storage and an external GPU could be a reasonable machine for gaming. But I don’t regret buying my Hades Canyon for gaming.

A “cheap” Apple laptop still seems like the best option to stay in the Apple ecosystem but also the new MacBook Air is quite pricey (and how can they get rid of the mag-safe?). I owned my first Mac in 1993 and I am typing this on a MacBook Air 11, but it may be the last Apple computer I ever own.

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