If Apple asked you what you wanted to see in the 2017 Mac mini, what would you tell them?
The Mac mini hasn't been updated since October 2014, when it was made even more appliance-like than previous generations. Since then Apple's bring-your-own-mouse-keyboard-and-monitor Mac has been missing in action. Rumor has it we may see an update in 2017. But what should that update include?
- USB C / Thunderbolt 3 ports.
- Legacy USB-A, Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, and SD card ports.
- Kaby Lake processors.
- Quad-core processor option.
- Graphics cards capable of supporting harder-core gaming and VR.
- Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar and Touch ID.
- Space gray or matte black options.
- Gold and rose gold options. (What?!)
- Make it a mini tower — expandability, yo!
- Apple-branded display to go with it!
Mac mini is supposed to be the entry-level Mac desktop, but as MacBooks become the mainstream choice, there's room to do something... geekier. Appliance computing is all well and good but there's also something to be said for a computer than can grow with you.
Mac mini could be both. An easy to use starter system that can have new and better memory, drives, and perhaps even graphics that can expand over time, if and when you need them.
The above are only a few ideas, though, what are yours?