updated 10:15 am EST, Tue December 16, 2008
Mac mini Macworld Rumor
Apple is preparing an update to the Mac mini that would launch at Macworld Expo, says a rumor floated by Wired late Monday. The magazine claims to have been contacted by a non-retail Apple employee who says the miniature desktop will be unveiled at the start of the event but allegedly declines to mention more for fear of being identified as a source. Apple itself hasn't commented on the subject and has only said that there would be no new hardware in 2008.
Separately, AppleInsider claims that the story supports things it has heard regarding the introduction but again doesn't add more beyond existing rumors.
Most beliefs regarding the Mac mini update have suggested it may be a major revision based on statements made by Apple regarding its future product line. The company at its MacBook event in October stated that it would expand the use of Mini DisplayPort to all its Macs and that it would also expand the use of NVIDIA's mainboard platform to more of its lineup, though the computer designer hasn't said to what degree this would take place. One server colocation firm has also implied that Apple will allow a twin hard drive option and that the mainboard will finally recognize more than 3GB of memory.
While it's uncertain whether any introductions will take place at Macworld, as Apple has yet to confirm a keynote for the show that would normally indicate a product unveiling. However, the Mac mini hasn't been updated in hardware since August 2007, when it was updated to include then previous-generation Core 2 Duo processors.