Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2007 22:13 UTC
Apple "Even while at the top of its game, Apple Inc. can seemingly find faults with just about anything, including a bit of itself. The Mac maker is constantly evaluating the market segments in which it wishes to participate and those which it does not. It's an application of love-hate methodology that inevitably produces its share of casualties." AppleInsider says it has learned from 'reliable' sources that the end is nigh for the Mini. "Ladies and gentlemen, AppleInsider believes in all sincerity that the Mini is dead."
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Re: Rumor
by aGNUstic on Sat 26th May 2007 13:59 UTC
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Here's my position. It's rumor until it's validated.

Do I believe it would be a mistake for Apple to remove the Mini from its product line. You betcha.

Here's my situation.

I don't need a monitor, a keyboard or another d@mn3d mouse. I've got plenty of those to fill a small landfill, infact, that's where most of them are.

I just need the Mini. Why?

Several reasons.

First, I'm not a gamer, graphic designer, digital photographer or any of those which need massive processing power to render these types of files. I connect to Oracle, SCT Banner, Linux, Unix, OS X and, as when I must, MickeySoft servers. It's rock-solid stable and easy to use.

Second, the Mini is whisper quiet. I have nothing but contempt, wait it's closer to hate, for equipment fan noise. I get enough of that cr@p in the data center and I don't need a huge system on my desk or eight or more cooling fans blaring like an jet engine testing facility. When I get a call in the middle of the night to work on something I don't need to wake the house or have the neighborhood start an eviction petition because of the sound.

Finally, I am one of those wierd individuals who likes smaller computers and the Mini fills this need perfectly. The smaller equipment footprint allows me to place it anywhere on a desk without bending the particle board it sits on. It also runs cooler than any computer I've ever owned and reduces my fear of a, "Dude, you're getting a Dell! Wait, is that smoke?" type of fear. Seriously, I don't need a burnt Apple while trying to manipulate relational databases.

It would be great if they brought back the Cube and packed it with cooler-running and more recent hardware. The design of the Mini is also great for school systems and the higher education market who need the smaller and its lower overall costs. The reduced cost on the Mini systems may allow some budgets to purchase an Xserver or two.

In any event, I plan to start saving and purchase a new Mini just to have one in reserve.

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