Apple Throws Mac Mini a Lifeline

Apple Throws Mac Mini a Lifeline
Apple's Tim Cook has reportedly hinted that an updated Mac mini may be on the horizon.

(CCM) — Apple has quashed speculation that it plans to abandon its aging Mac mini, hinting that an updated version of the computer may be imminent, according to a report.

The Mac mini has not been updated for three years, and although it is still available in the Apple Store its aging Haswell processors lack the power of those found in modern machines. But in response to an email from a customer, Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, said that while it was not time to share any details, "we do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward," the MacRumors report said.

The email reinforces a statement made by Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, who said in April that "the Mac mini is an important product in our lineup," the report adds.

It concludes that a new Mac mini is unlikely to be announced until next year and that future models will likely use Intel's Kaby Lake quad core processors, which are almost twice as powerful as those found in the current Mac mini range.

The Mac mini is Apple's lowest cost desktop computer, starting at just $499, but users have to provide their own monitor and peripherals such as mouse and keyboard.

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