New Mac mini (2018): What will it be and why?

Apple with Mac and iPad event on October 30, 2018, already posted a full preview on that. There may or may not be new iPad Pro. This is already posted where a few preview that. As there may or may not be a new MacBook Air, guess it, posted full preview on that as well.

A few spec bumps leave us with one more big update to cover? A new Mac mini.

The original switcher

The Mac mini, an original switcher machine, announces back in 2005 as a small, inexpensive way swapping out Windows PC for a Mac. Thus, one brings your own mouse, keyboard, and display, and you were all good to go.

Thus with had a PowerPC G4 processor and megabytes — yes, megabytes — of RAM.

With the years back on, where the Mac mini got fair share design and spec updates, culminating in 2012 where quad-core Intel Ivy Bridge chipset, was up to 8 gigabytes of memory and 2 terabytes of storage.

With overtime, the Mac mini customer changed the switchers with Mac mini where a darling of developers, server rooms, and centres, media centres, producers, and more. Then, during the year 2014 came around where Apple revved the Mac mini, axed the quad-core version and 2TB option. Then, in 2016 there is nothing. And, in 2017 it goes still nothing.

During the last four years, Apple released a new 12-inch MacBook, where a new Touch Bar MacBook Pro, with the new Retina 5K iMac, the new iMac Pro, has announced a new, non-thermally cornered new Mac Pro for 2019 with a new Pro Display. But the Mac mini it is nothing and more nothing. Until, maybe, now.

The new mini

During the year April 2017, where Apple invite a small group of media to Cupertino talking about that new Mac Pro. Thus, one does not say anything specific with mini, a Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, follows via Daring Fireball
“The Mac Mini, an important product in our lineup, and did not bring up because it is more mix of a consumer with some pro use. … The Mac Mini thus remains product in our lineup, nothing more to say at today.”

Pike’s Universum, the very next day:

The next Mac mini thus not be so mini anymore.

The rumour about Xeon iMac ahead of the iMac Pro takes it for what it is worth. More on the top model within a moment, too.

WWDC 2017 is where new MacBook, MacBooks Pro, and iMacs, not much as a word, which is about Mac mini.

Not until October 2017 where Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, respond an email says, via MacRumors:

“You love Mac mini,  that’s good, we love it too. Our customers thus found so many in creative and interesting uses for Mac mini. It is not a time in sharing any details which we do plan Mac mini with product line going forward.”

Kuo Ming-Chi, back in July, via MacRumors:

Kuo which did not have a lot of information shares on the Mac mini, but says a processor upgrade is expected. The Mac mini thus not updated for more than 1,300 days, aka over 3-and-a-half years. Thus additional upgrades include, such as redesigned chassis, but with some kind of refresh on the horizon.

That processor where Intel’s 8th generation is Coffee Lake where Intel had announced 9th generation, Coffee Lake Refresh chips with another optimization cycle place-holder still struggle of getting its 10-nanometer Cannon Lake architecture to market… where it feels like as long as Mac mini update to ship.

Intel thus announces chips and Intel ships exact versions of Apple with Macs often two very, very different things. But given, a 4-year gap between updates, the Coffee Lake is far, far, better than the Haswell architecture where the mini is stuck with to date.

Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg back in August:

Apple hence plans the first upgrade to the Mac mini in four years. It is a Mac desktop does not include a screen, keyboard, or mouse in the box costing $500. The computer thus favours because of a lower price, and popular with app developers, running home media centre and server farm managers. Hence, this year’s model, Apple focuses primarily on pro users and new storage and processor options making it more expensive than previous versions, the people said.

Though Schiller with some pro users focuses on pros makes sense for several reasons.
Again, the original Mac mini customer does not really exist any more has new mainstream customers do not want old desktop boxes. They want notebooks. Thus this happens with built-in displays and trackpads. That’s why MacBooks outsell Mac desktops the extreme and why iMac outsells all other Mac desktops extreme.
But opening the way is for a new customer includes the aforementioned pros who value small, headless Mac tasks at home and in the office.

It fits with Apple’s new focus, as iOS and iPad continue eating the mass market. Thus Apple amps up the Mac for pros. This includes the new MacBooks Pro, iMac Pro, upcoming Mac Pro, where a new Pro Team brings audio, video, photography, and other hard-core, heavy duty, real-world producers and creators designs the process.
Mark Gurman writes Bloomberg again, a time in September:

For the first time, more than four years, Apple is ready with updates with Mac mini computer, a desktop does not come with screen, mouse, or keyboard. This time it is around focused on graphic designers and other professional users, asking for new Macs meet their more-demanding needs.

So. Many. Questions?

Thus with focus more on more on pros — or pros at least a focus — not much else rumoured about the new Mac mini.

Will this redesigns or the same casing with new internals? Thus it will not, with a new design be more pro-friendly — for example, more easily rack mounted?

Will that has a T2-chip like iMac Pro and latest MacBooks Pro gets a secure boot. This has a hardware accelerated encryption with latest controller architecture?

Will, it has only USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 ports, such as the MacBook Pro, legacy USB-A and Ethernet, like the iMac Pro, or keep more media-centric ports, such as HDMI, such as the Mac mini’s we all know and love?

Will there finally a new Apple Keyboard, for all desktop Macs, includes Touch ID if not a full-on Touch Bar?

Will Intel’s continued delays getting Apple to switch at least this Mac to ARM? Wait, no, the wrong column…

Will it come in Space Gray?

Will it get anywhere near 32 GB and 4 TB options where there is a new MacBooks Pro enjoy? Will Apple still has a new Mac mini for those new to the Mac. Will this spot solely with new MacBook Air?
So. Many. Questions.
And thus we have to wait for Apple’s October Event finding out.