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  • Apple's Mac Mini Server Discontinued with the Release of the Latest Mac Mini


    With the recent Mac mini refresh, the addition of new processors and a lower cost of entry appears to come with its own downside. Apple doesnít seem to be offering storage expansion options beyond 1 TB and has gotten rid of the server model as a whole. The upgraded internals come alongside the deprecation of the top-end server model which came with 2 TB of HDD storage. The move however results in cost savings and to an extent even greater flexibility for the buyer.

    Although itís likely to come at a later date, the Mac mini with OS X Server option appears to be currently unavailable for purchase in the Online Apple Store. The next iteration of OS X Server was recently seeded to developers for testing but hasnít made it to the Mac App Store yet.

    The high-end mini comes equipped with a 1 TB Fusion Drive standard which can be swapped out with a 256 GB SSD at no additional cost. The only configuration available includes 512 GB and 1 TB SSDs which cost an additional $300 and $800 extra respectively. Apple did offer the current standard storage configurations as options on the outgoing model and the current low- and mid-tier models with the 1 TB Fusion Drive costing $250 extra and the 256 GB SSD coming in at $300 over cost.

    This particular change which was originally spotted by Czech blog, LSA, could potentially be a disappointment for those who are looking for a high-capacity standalone but what this move actually does is highlight Appleís plans to position the Mac mini.

    Source: LetemsvetemApplem via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Mac Mini Server Discontinued with the Release of the Latest Mac Mini started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. rodnutz's Avatar
      rodnutz -
      Never owned a mac computer and was thinking about picking up the standard new mini as my first entry into the mac ecosystem. Also kind of interested in poking around with Swift and app making in general. I have absolutely no programming experience so would rather not waste tons of money on something that I may lose interest in down the road.

      Would the standard new mini as it is be good enough for a first time buyer interested in learning the process that goes into app creation? Or would I have to make adjustments i.e. more memory, HDD space, better processor, etc?

      Any feedback from people currently developing would greatly be appreciated.

      Many thanks in advance!
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      Should more then enough if you just want to get your hands on the ecosystem. Maybe a ram upgrade esp now that you can't upgrade it on your own.

      Quote Originally Posted by rodnutz View Post
      Never owned a mac computer and was thinking about picking up the standard new mini as my first entry into the mac ecosystem. Also kind of interested in poking around with Swift and app making in general. I have absolutely no programming experience so would rather not waste tons of money on something that I may lose interest in down the road.

      Would the standard new mini as it is be good enough for a first time buyer interested in learning the process that goes into app creation? Or would I have to make adjustments i.e. more memory, HDD space, better processor, etc?

      Any feedback from people currently developing would greatly be appreciated.

      Many thanks in advance!
    1. ben_r_'s Avatar
      ben_r_ -
      A Mac Mini was how I got started. It's more than enough for what you mentioned.