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What Apple Did Not Release

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I am not going to go over the new hardware being brought out by Apple. Fanboys are already cooing over the new iPhones. But something – something that flew under the radar to all but techies – is about to substantially alter the power and cost of computing.

To those following the Apple event, one item was missing: the Mac Mini. The Mac Mini was and is Apple's desktop option for those who want to buy just the core computer and provide their own monitor, speakers, keyboard, et al. In its heyday (the 2012 Server Model), the Mac Mini offered an option of a quad-core (eight-thread) model, which could be easily upgraded by the user in RAM and storage. On top of that, it was an elegant, lightweight, small-form factor gem.

Though it used a laptop CPU, it was highly powerful with great specs and was much loved by techies, who tended to shy away from Apple products as a rule. The 2012 quad-core Mac Mini attracted geeks – as it was the one Apple model that allowed users to tinker.

In 2014, Apple's new and "improved" model dropped the quad-core option, soldered in the RAM, and made storage upgrades more difficult. Mac Mini aficionados were furious. For the past three years, they have been waiting for Apple to undo the insult and to upgrade the Mac Mini back to its quad-core glory days. Instead, Apple has let the Mac Mini rot – and still sells it with underpowered, out-of-date fourth-generation Haswell chip technology.

The usual explanation is that Apple does not want to offer a cheap alternative to people buying its highly profitable iMacs. But there is more to it than that.

In March 2017, AMD released the Ryzen line of chips, which came loaded with an impressive number of cores and could compete with Intel high-end chips for far less money.

AMD has unexpectedly released details of its first three Ryzen microprocessors which, it claims, will offer better performance at half the price or more of rival Intel products and will be available to order next Thursday.

Intel's high-end chips still held some minor advantages on........

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