Apple lines up new Mac Mini, 2014 Mac Pro releases for OS X Yosemite

Mac users have spent all year pestering Apple to release new 2014 versions of its Mac Mini and Mac Pro computers, but Apple has declined to oblige, even as it’s updated everything from the iMac to the MacBook Air instead. Now that Apple has shown off its new OS X Yosemite system software for Mac computers, which will ship sometime in the fall of 2014, the picture becomes clearer when it comes to the missing Mac models. And it’s about time, as Apple last updated the Mac Mini all the way back in 2012.

Apple has long treated the Mac Mini as the runt of the litter, going as long as two years without updating it and only adding new technologies to it as an afterthought, despite the Mini’s popular cult status among certain segments of the Mac market. Although the current Mac Mini model does come with a quad core Intel i7 option, the overall specs are outdated in comparison to most of Apple’s other Mac models in 2014. But now Apple finally has a reason to offer an update.

The Mac Pro, the professional crown jewel of the Mac lineup on the far end of the spectrum, saw a ground-up redesign last year in the form of a cylindrical black desktop appliance. While it debuted in the public eye last summer, it didn’t ship until the year was nearly over with. That’s given Apple little motivation to offer a second generation of the Mac Pro cylinder so far in 2014 – until now.

That reason, in both cases, is the arrival of OS X Yosemite in the fall. While Apple will more likely use the new 2014 MacBook Pro as the hardware centerpiece of its Yosemite launch, the newly retooled software gives Apple the ideal opportunity to update both the Mac Mini and the Mac Pro this fall, and advertise both pieces of new hardware as being optimized for Yosemite. Just don’t expect either piece of hardware to arrive before the new software does, as Apple is in no hurry with the still fairly fresh Mac Pro, and it’s never in a hurry with the Mac Mini.

Phil Moore

Phil Moore

Phil covers tech for Stabley Times.