updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed September 30, 2009
Mac mini now at 1-3 days at Apple
Rumors of an immiment Apple desktop refresh were bolstered today by the addition of a delay to shipping times for the base Mac mini. Apple's online stores in the US and in Canada now show the entry $599 model shipping in one to three business days instead of its usual 24 hours. The high-end model has the same shipping time, however.
Although the company doesn't often change ship times to reflect incoming new models, unexpected but publicly advertised delays when they occur are often signs Apple is phasing out a product and has run low of inventory ahead of when the new model appears.
Little is known about what any Mac mini update would involve, though the most recent leak suggests that it will be a minor performance upgrade. That the high-end version appears to remain intact suggests that it will become the entry level and may have a price cut to match.