Rumor: The Mac mini may be in line for an update soon, as supplies as the Best Buy website has been updated to say that supplies are on backorder, which can sometimes indicate that a new model is about to be released. The Mac mini was last updated in mid-June 2010 which was just over seven months ago. Previously, the time interval between refreshed models of the Mac mini was eight months, suggesting that an update could be imminent. A quick check of the Best Buy website shows that the Mac mini is on backorder for 1-2 weeks but is still available in most retail stores. Additionally, the Apple Store does not show any shortages and neither does Amazon.
Apple recently ceased selling the XServe server and has not yet offered a strategy for replacing the rack mounted servers. Apple has put a webpage in place touting the usefulness of the Mac mini as a server solution for small businesses and a refresh may result in one or two extra models of the mini designed to be used as a small scale server solution.
A refresh of the Mac mini may result in the inclusion of SSD storage, as has been the trend recently with Apple implementing solid state storage in the new MacBook Air. The loss of the optical drive could also be an option and we may even see a new Mac mini that doesn’t appear to be too far away in appearance from the second generation Apple TV.
Some sites have previously predicted the death of the Mac mini but the smallest of Apple’s desktop computer line up still seems to be going strong. Perhaps this stock shortage will induce another round of Mark Twain-like predictions of morbidity. For the entertainment value, one can only hope.