A Mac reseller in Belgium claims to have received inside information suggesting that Apple plans to update its Mac mini desktop before the end of February. The new Mac mini configurations in both Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell processor configurations have been listed on Computerstore.be. However, the listings are just placeholders representing assumptions made by the store.

One shopper supposedly contacted the stores about the listings and revealed that the retailer believes the new Mac mini will launch by the end of February. Computerstore.be based this information that they claimed to have received from ďreliable sources.Ē

For those of you who didnít know, the Mac mini is the only product in Appleís Mac lineup that didnít see an update in the year 2013. The desktop was last refreshed in October of 2012 with Intelís Ivy Bridge processors as well as upgrade options allowing up to 16 GB of RAM. The Mac Mini starts at $599, making it Appleís most affordable Mac, undercutting the $999 11.6-inch MacBook Air.

Apple resellers saw regular stock-outs of the Mac mini throughout 2013. Though low supply has historically suggested that a refresh could be imminent, itís believed that Apple has recently become more conservative with its inventory levels to prevent a glut of stock on the market. Intelís Haswell line of processors were mostly focused on mobile devices such as notebooks as in the chipmaker concentrated on reducing power consumption to enhance battery life. Such performance gains wouldnít translate to the Mac mini which is not a mobile computer.

Weíll have to wait and see if Apple really announces and releases a new Mac mini next month.

Source: Computerstore.be via AppleInsider