A Dearth Of Mac Minis Could Point To Hardware Refresh [Rumor]

A Dearth Of Mac Minis Could Point To Hardware Refresh [Rumor]

Quite a few resellers of Apple’s Mac Mini computer are currently out of stock of the diminutive desktop Mac, potentially signaling a potential hardware refresh. Amazon, MacConnection, Mac Mall, and J&R retailers are all reported to not have any more Mac minis of the 2.3 GHz or 2.5GHz persuasion, according to Apple Insider.

German Mac blog, Macerkopf, also noted today that Mini supplies are running out in its country, as well.

Could this be the front wave of a potential new hardware refresh of the Mini, perhaps to the new Ivy Bridge chipset?

It’s not always the case that a limited supply of a given Apple item at third-party resellers reflects a hardware refresh, but it certainly could be. Apple Insider points out that the iMac has also seen some limited availability through the very same channels, but it hasn’t been refreshed yet.

On the other hand, Apple hasn’t boosted the specs on it’s popular headless computer, one that many folks are using as a headless server to run OS X on, since July of last year. That hardware refresh included the addition of a Thunderbolt port along with a removal of an optical drive, much like the Macbook Air.

Both models of the current Minis are still showing as available on the Apple store, starting at $599.

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  • Aaron

    I only have three words: ABOUT F***ING TIME!

  • Tallest_Skill

    I only have three words: ABOUT F***ING TIME!

    I agrizzle, Aaron. I love new Apple products and plan to purchase this on launch day. I hope the preorder sales don’t run out too quickly, or I will be waiting in line the morning of launch!

  • extra_medium

    Wasn’t this the same conclusion months ago when retailers started running out?

  • Koban4max

    is the title suppose to be “death of mac mini….?”

  • Stephen Sohn

    Just about to buy for a media center for my tv. Will wait and see.

  • Rob LeFebvre

    is the title suppose to be “death of mac mini….?”

    Nope, it’s “dearth,” which means a scarcity of.

  • lambaline

    Mac Mini FTW!

  • mike808

    For what it’s worth, B&H Photo lists wait times on several Mac mini configurations, and even lists one as discontinued (link): http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/815082-REG/Apple_Z0M9_0004_750GB_Mac_mini_with.html

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