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 isn't due to refresh anything for 2017 though so don't expect to see the new Mac mini until some point in 2018. While very outdated, the device is still on sale at the Apple Store.
Surprisingly, Cook answered the email. There haven't been any rumors about a new Mac mini recently so it may be a while before a new one is launched. Apple CEO wrote that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company's product lineup in the future, although he did not share any details.
Answering a loyalist's email, the supply-chain-man-turned-Steve-Jobs-corporate-heir said the iPhone giant still has plans to remake the Mac Mini, just don't expected to hear them any time soon. To put this in perspective, Intel announced 8th generation processors about a month back and the Mac Mini runs on more than 3 years according to ArsTechnica.
The reply from Tim Cook is a reflection to that by Chief Marketing Officer Phil Schiller who had also echoed the same comments after the teaser of Mac Pro earlier this year.
Yes, in computing terms the Mac mini is most definitely old, but it's not dead.
The firm Apple also said the redesigned Pro would not be released this year.
If you recall, Schiller, in response to a question from John Paczkowski, said the following: "On that I'll say 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".
The Mac Mini packs 4th generation Intel processors alongside 4 GB of RAM and Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics.