Apple will soon no longer be producing Mac Mini’s. The Mac Mini is the smallest desktop computer on the market and costs only $599. It includes a 160GB hard drive, 1-2GB of RAM, 4 USB ports, 1 firewire port, 1 Network port, and Wireless G. The Mac Mini came out in 2005 to compete against the cheaper priced PCs. Since the PCs have been getting cheaper and cheaper on the desktop line, especially the Dell computers, the Mac Mini’s have not had such a competitive edge any more. Further, many smaller laptops, such as the Dell Inspiron 9 mini, have been coming down in prices to further compete with the Mac Mini’s.
So, Apple has decided to stop producing the mac Mini and will further focus on its MacBook and iMac lines. The cheapest Mac going forward will be the $999 MacBook. The Mini will probably stop being produced by early next year. Until then, get them while they last! They are a great option to set up in small spaces, or to have a cheap Mac up and running without all of the bells and whistles. Please note though that the small size of the Mac Mini makes it challenging to replace failed computer parts.