The Mac mini is Apple's only consumer desktop computer since to ship without a display , keyboard, or mouse. The second generation Mac mini, introduced in February , carried over the design of the PowerPC version, but used Intel Core processors and other upgraded components, and made wireless connections such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi standard.
The third generation Mac mini was introduced in June , with a thinner unibody aluminum case. The fourth generation Mac mini was introduced in October It carries over the design of the previous generation in a darker "space gray" finish, switches to standard solid-state storage , and replaces most data ports with USB-C. A server version of the Mac mini, bundled with the Server edition of the OS X operating system, was offered from to A small form factor computer had been widely speculated and requested long before the release of the Mac mini.
Rumors predicted that the "headless iMac" would be extremely small, include no display, and would be positioned as Apple's entry-level desktop computer. The Mac mini was intended as an entry-level computer intended for budget-minded customers. Unlike regular desktops, which use standard-sized components such as 3.
The exterior of the Mac mini was made of aluminum capped with polycarbonate plastic on the top and bottom. The original design had no visible screws and was not meant to be upgraded by the user. It had an external power supply rated at 85W.
Some Mac mini owners used a putty knife or a pizza cutter to pry open the cases of older models to gain access to the interior for installation of cheaper third party memory upgrades. The chips in these models of Mac mini ran at either 1. This restricts both the maximum amount of available memory, which can greatly reduce performance by forcing the system to page to the hard disk, and, since the system is unable to take advantage of dual channels, maximum bandwidth.
The Mac mini G4 uses a single 2. Because of its sealed enclosure, it is not possible to upgrade the hard drive without opening the enclosure and possibly voiding the warranty of the system. The Mac mini includes two USB 2. External displays are supported via a DVI port. In the last revision of the Mac mini G4, the internal mezzanine board was upgraded to accommodate the AirPort Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology onto one chip. In prior models, the Mac mini included an AirPort Extreme card taped to the mezzanine board and a separate Bluetooth module.
Notes: 1 The serial number and specifications sticker on the underside of the latest revision do not carry the actual specs of the upgrade. For example, on a 1. The product packaging also did not reflect the upgrade. Apple did not revise the official specifications on their web site. As of Mac OS X Apple claimed it was "four times faster than its predecessor". On October 22, , Apple introduced a server version with a second hard drive instead of an optical drive.
It was marketed as an affordable server for small businesses and schools. The and models came with bit Intel Core Solo processors that could be replaced with bit Core 2 Duo processors through a simple upgrade. The following processors are compatible: 2. Once the model is upgraded to a Core 2 Duo processor, it can support up to 2 GB of memory, and can run Mac OS X Lion through a minor modification by editing or deleting the platformsupport.
Geekbench scores have shown that the 2. While the Mac mini G4 contained a separate graphics processor, all revisions of the Intel-based Mac mini contain integrated GPUs, except in the version where the 2.
Unlike the Mac mini G4, the Intel-based Mac mini uses a dual-channel architecture for memory. All models continue to use 2. A Combo drive was initially offered as standard, with the SuperDrive being an option, but through the models, all models that have an optical drive contain the SuperDrive as standard. Bluetooth 2.
External displays are supported through a DVI port. Upgradable up to an Intel Core 2 Duo 2. On June 15, , Apple introduced the third generation Mac mini with a thinner unibody aluminum case. It also included an internal power supply and an SD card slot. The server model was upgraded to a quad-core Core i7 processor. The Firewire port was replaced with a second Thunderbolt port. The only change to the body was the removal of the two holes used to open the case, as the memory was no longer upgradable because it was soldered to the logic board.
Since the integrated graphics processor does not have its own dedicated memory, the system shares some of the main system memory with it. There is a removable panel on the bottom of the chassis enabling the user to upgrade the RAM. While opening the case does not actually void the warranty, anything broken while the case is open is not covered.
The revision removes the Kensington Security Slot ,  as well as the optical drive, leaving internal space for a second internal hard drive or SSD, which can be ordered from Apple, or as an upgrade kit from third party suppliers. Mac mini models released in late used dual-core processors, which perform worse in multi-threaded workloads compared to the quad-core processors from the model. Meanwhile, single-threaded workload performance increased.
Apple states that customers are able to receive support for these services directly from open-source providers. Geekbench scores have shown that the 2. The Mac mini branded with lowercase "mini" is a desktop computer made by Apple Inc. Airport Extreme Atheros PreQualify within minutes and leave with your next Apple product today. Should I just go traditional HDD and get more space?
In general, the Mac mini has been praised as a relatively affordable computer with a solid range of features. Reviews noted it is possible to purchase small computers at the same price with faster processors, better graphics card, more memory, and more storage. In addition, its size and reliability has helped keep resale values high. PCIe-based flash storage is standard with no option of a hard disk drive. The storage was changed to a baseline GB, with a maximum of 2 TB. The chassis is mostly a carryover from the previous generation, measuring the same dimensions, though is only available in a darker "space gray" finish.
Memory can again be replaced, unlike the models that soldered it to the logic board. The Mac mini can be classified as a home theater PC with some limits.
Sound is provided by a combination jack that uses both mini- headphone analog and optical fiber cables digital. As of the July revision it includes Intel HD graphics processor with an optional Radeon graphics processing unit available and Thunderbolt which makes decoding high-resolution video much faster. Now that the pace of desktop system upgrades has slowed down, so too should the rush to ditch former operating systems and hardware. Apple ought to take typical usage and upgrade patterns into account when deciding what OS systems and hardware to relegate to legacy status.
Five year old hardware is indeed fast, depending on what you bought originally. Maybe you should try however futile it might or might not be to encourage Apple to consider this as compatibility of older hardware.
The CPU is not soldered in place, allowing the Early , Late , Note that upgrading a Core Solo or Core Duo Mac mini with a Core 2. If your Early Mac mini has MB, upgrade immediately. You really need 1 GB to get okay performance from OS X Tiger or
But as for software maintenance, it all has a life cycle and that is a different topic entirely. And do you really think Apple sees everything, that they put serious security flaws in on purpose? If not, then how do you expect them to know when to publish this supposed proof? All software has an EOL whether official or not. It is unreasonable to expect programmers to maintain all software they ever supported because it is impractical to do so as a programmer who cares about quality or even who want to do more than just do programming.
Yes, that means even software that is free and open source anyone can change it has an end of life.
Unless you want them to stop releasing new major versions of the OS then this is how it is. To not make new releases makes zero sense at all levels, though, unless it is going to be a discontinued line of products. Thanks for the article. To be honest. You are dramatizing and exaggerating my friend. I use Leopard and Snow leopard still a lot without a problem. Never have I been hacked and should it happen one day, oh well. There are so many worse things in life.
You might not care about security but others do because others understand the or some of the implications. There are so many worse things in life? Yes, perhaps like identity theft of you or even someone you care about? Computer security is relevant to this. Well, you got that off your chest — happy now? Just relax and have a coke and a smile pal. You spend too much of your energy on this issue. And for people are afraid of identity theft.. You completely missed my points. And what is your response? Why does it concern you, what another person does with their time.
Move on, brother. Have your coke and smile as you happily enjoy the problem free secure computing you assure us you have. As a programmer I know this rule very well. But who cares about me? I can imagine most who are used to Apple would have a lot more problems with BSD but many would probably also have problems with Linux.