Tim Cook Says Mac Mini Is An 'Important Part' Of Apple's Lineup

Sarah Tew  CNET

Sarah Tew CNET

Tim Cook has responded to an email query about the future of the Mac Mini saying device continues to feature prominently in Apple's future scope of things.

The Mac mini is Apple's lowest cost desktop computer, starting at just $499, but users have to provide their own monitor and peripherals such as mouse and keyboard.

Apple's Tim Cook has reportedly hinted that an updated Mac mini may be on the horizon.

Some speculated the device had been dropped from the Apple roster, but a cryptic statement sent in an email may quash these rumours.

Cook's full response reads: "I'm glad you love Mac mini".

Also, there is no way one can refute the above given that it has come from the highest authority at Apple - the chief executive Tim Cook himself.

Cook said "it is not time to share details" but the inference appears to be a Mac mini revamp might be forthcoming. We love it too.

If you aren't a Mac user and aren't familiar with the Mac mini, it's a small form factor machine that comes with no accessories at all. Our customers have found so many creative and interesting uses for Mac mini. There are other who aren't interested in the iMac all-in-one or the super expensive Mac Pro, leaving the Mac Mini as the only interesting product in the Mac line.

Apple hasn't updated its Mac mini in three years, suggesting it was being left to die out, but now it looks set to be given a new lease of life.

The firm Apple also said the redesigned Pro would not be released this year.

When Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro, Phil Schiller mentioned the Mac Mini stating, "The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren't bringing it up because it's more of a mix of consumer with some pro use".

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