Apple’s $599 Mac mini desktop computer is expected to receive an update adding Intel Haswell processors, and if a Belgian retailer’s online storefront is anything to go by, we’ll be seeing the updated product launch next month.
MacRumors directs us over to the online store, Computerstore.be, which posted placeholders for Haswell Core i5 and Core i7 Mac minis. Though retail placeholders have, in the past, proven unreliable when it comes to anticipated product lunches, a MacRumors reader reportedly contacted Computerstore.be and was told that information concerning the refresh “comes from reliable sources.”
The last time Apple updated its Mac mini was in October 2012, and given that other Mac computers, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac, have all received Intel’s Haswell chips, an update for the less expensive Mac mini is long overdue. Besides Haswell processors, the placeholder also advertises Iris integrated graphics and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but as MacRumors adds, there’s no mention of whether updated Thunderbold 2 ports will feature in the refreshed Mac mini.
Here’s the original item description for the updated Mac mini, processed by Google Translate:
The Apple Mac mini features a sturdy and above all very compact aluminum housing. Despite its small size, the Apple Mac mini comes with powerful hardware. The Mac mini is equipped with the latest Intel Core i7 processor from Haswell series. This processor is obviously faster than its predecessor, but also uses the powerful Intel Iris graphics. The latest Apple operating system, OS X Mavericks, works very user friendly and communicates seamlessly with other Apple products. So for example you can just get iMessages on your Mac mini. In addition, OS X Mavericks a very secure operating system, you have (almost) not suffer from nasty viruses. The Apple Mac mini with the latest WiFi standard 802.11ac. This will make use of a high speed Gigabit LAN. You are here obviously compatible 802.11ac equipment needed. If you ever want to expand the memory of the Mac Mini, this is easily done by turning the black plate on the bottom and then add additional memory. The Mac Mini has many connections. He is equipped with HDMI, USB 3.0, FireWire and high-speed Thunderbolt connection.
In related news, following a slip in shipping estimates for the refreshed Mac Pro in several international countries, the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican Apple Online Stores are now also showing a shipping estimate of “March” for the late 2013 desktop computer.
The $2,999.00 beast has been in short supply since it first launched, and it seems that despite several weeks of availability, Apple still hasn’t caught up with demand for the new Mac Pro. March, as you may remember, is also when we’re expecting the updated product to reach Apple Retail Stores.
We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.
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