According to European retailers, Apple has stopped orders for the low end Mac and will not be making any more. This could signal an upgraded model which will replace it, or a complete discontinuation. But the rumors of the Mac Mini’s imminent demise are about as common as hearing clues that “Paul is Dead” when playing a host of Beatles’ songs.
And come on. In this charged and sketchy economy, the Mac Mini would make a very attractive option for those looking to make “The Switch” to Mac, but being unwilling to absorb the pricey sticker shock of the more advanced models. And considering Apple just doubled down by passing on offering a sub $1,000 notebook in favor of a pricier line, those hoping for a budget Mac would continue to look to the Mini.
Then again, sales figures for the diminutive cousin of the iMac have been up and down overall and it has rarely been updated. So in the end, it could be that the Mini’s time as come. But one thing is certain, Apple will probably have an heir apparent out by Christmas … or maybe during MacWorld in January.