Despite the long wait, would you still be interested in a refreshed Mac mini?
The most obvious changes Apple could make to the Mac mini are internal.
Many Apple customers are eagerly awaiting a new Mac mini, including businesses that rely on the machine, like Brian Stucki's Mac Stadium.
Apple removed the option to have a quad-core processor, while it also dropped support for dual hard drives.With Intel's Eighth-Generation chips, the U-series all feature four cores, so should a future Mac mini adopt Kaby Lake Refresh chips or later, quad-core performance will return.Given that it's October and there are no rumors, it's not likely we're going to see a Mac mini refresh in 2017, but sometime in 2018 is fair game.It’s pretty unclear at this point if Apple has any plans to update the Mac mini.Earlier this year, during Apple’s sit-down about its pro-focused product, Phil Schiller was pretty vague about the future of the ‘prosumer’ product: “On that I’ll say the Mac Mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren’t bringing it up because it’s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use. The Mac Mini remains a product in our lineup, but nothing more to say about it today.” Furthermore, a report earlier this year stated that “the next Mac mini won’t be so mini anymore.” That same report correctly pegged a new “pro” i Mac, but it remains unclear as to whether or not a larger Mac mini is on the docket.