Apple retires Mac mini
Other systems that have moved on in the past year include the PowerBook 2400, the PowerMac G4 Cube, and, most recently, the 12-inch PowerBook.
Apple’s first Mac mini came without a display and was Apple’s cheapest Mac system ever. The latest addition of the Mac mini features an outdated Core Duo and a price tag marginally higher than that of the original Mini. Apple also began toying with the idea of adding a built-in iPod dock atop the high-end models, but that idea, like many others, didn’t come to life. AppleInsider suggests that the Mac mini concept has been transformed “under more economical standards” into the newly-introduced Apple TV set-top system.
The Mac mini has been treated to a rather mundane life-cycle. It has seen just four updates since inception, one of which was so insignificant in Apple’s own eyes that the company didn’t even bother to draft a press release. Even now, the current minis’ 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz Core Duo processors are a far cry from the silicon offered in the rest of Apple’s PC offerings. And rightfully so, as the company has seen lower margins from the units, which never gained the sales traction of its more fully equipped iMacs and MacBooks.