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  1. #1
    Upgrade Mac mini
    I have a late 2012 Mac mini. I think that the video is dying because I woke it up this afternoon & the entire display was gray. A month or so ago the display was green & grainy.

    I've read that the 2014 mini is next to impossible to upgrade but the 2012 mini is easy to upgrade.

    I want a desktop & I don't want to spend the money on an iMac. I'd rather connect an external monitor & keyboard & mouse.

    According to support.apple.com, the 2010 mini is considered obsolete. So, my mini will probably be considered obsolete in the next couple of years.

    Do you happen to know how long Apple will produce the 2012 mini? I can buy a 2012 mini at Experimac. I think that Best Buy sells the 2012 minis. I suppose that Apple will eventually stop manufacturing the 2012 mini. I'm wondering what my options are if Apple eventually stops manufacturing the 2012 mini. I suppose that the only option is to connect my laptop to my external monitor.

    I have a 2013 MacBook Air. It has a Thunderbolt port. I'd need a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. I can connect an external display to the Air or some other Mac laptop. But the Air doesn't support Full HD (1080P).

    Perhaps it's not worth repairing my mini when it does die. Or even buying a 2012 mini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcs.79c View Post
    I've read that the 2014 mini is next to impossible to upgrade but the 2012 mini is easy to upgrade.
    In this case better terminology would be "easier to repair". If you were to replace something that's faulty...that's not an upgrade...that's a repair.

    Quote Originally Posted by dcs.79c View Post
    Do you happen to know how long Apple will produce the 2012 mini?
    2012 Mac-Mini's were discontinued when the 2014 Mac-Mini was released. I'm pretty sure Apple has not produced 2012 Mac-Mini's for a longtime. If you're seeing 2012 Mac-Miin's for sale...they're either used, refurbished, or NOS (New-old-stock).

    Quote Originally Posted by dcs.79c View Post
    Perhaps it's not worth repairing my mini when it does die. Or even buying a 2012 mini.
    Depending on what the exact problem is...yes...many times it does not make financial sense to repair an older computer.

    -Nick

    p.s. Apple did continue to sell the 2012 Mac-Mini for an extra long while...same for 13" 2012 MacBook Pro's...mostly because they were tha last models to have a built in optical drive. But pretty sure Apple stopped prodcuing them long ago.
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    But pretty sure Apple stopped prodcuing them long ago.

    Even the latest and last minis were produced almost exactly four years ago which is quite a long while in computer years.





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  4. #4
    There are 2 rumors about the mini. One is that Apple will drop the mini & the other is that Apple will come out with a 2018 mini. I hope that it's the latter rather than the former!

    I know that I can hook up my MacBook Air to an external display. I have a 23" display. I found out that the Air does support full HD on an external display even though the Air's display isn't full HD. I went to Best Buy today & got a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. I unplugged the HDMI adapter from the mini & plugged it into the adapter & plugged the adapter into my Air. I fired up the Air &, lo & behold, the laptop display showed up on the 23" in full HD! YAY!

    When the Air was plugged into the 23", I tried to use the external keyboard & mouse but they didn't work. At first I was puzzled but then it dawned on me that the keyboard & mouse were plugged into the mini & the mini was off. DUH!!! I know that it's possible to close the cover on the Air without turning it off. How do I do that? Do I need to use a Terminal command? If I want to use the external keyboard & mouse they need to be plugged into the Air, correct? Would there be a conflict between the internal & external keyboard? What about using a Bluetooth keyboard & mouse in place of the laptop keyboard & trackpad?

    I want to get a 27" display.

    It is a bit awkward & confusing seeing 2 displays.

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    This is what you want to do, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201834.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcs.79c View Post
    There are 2 rumors about the mini. One is that Apple will drop the mini & the other is that Apple will come out with a 2018 mini. I hope that it's the latter rather than the former!
    Isn't it lots & lots of fun when this happens??...really makes it fun trying to make plans & decisions!

    Kinda like one year it's "bad" to eat eggs & butter...and the next year it's perfectly ok! lol

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcs.79c View Post
    There are 2 rumors about the mini. One is that Apple will drop the mini & the other is that Apple will come out with a 2018 mini. I hope that it's the latter rather than the former!
    This is actually the Mac-Mini rumor I've heard most recently...a new "Mac-Mini Pro"...rumored to be released this month (October).

    https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/...e-date-3552537

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    I read that Apple will consider the 2011 mini obsolete either this year or next. So, my 2012 will be considered obsolete in a year or so. What exactly does that mean? I suppose that it means that Apple will no longer support it. If I tried to do a clean install on an obsolete mini, will the install abort?

    Best Buy sells the 2012. I don't know why they don't sell the 2014. I want to buy a new mini. I don't know if Apple will come out with a 2018 mini or not. If not, maybe a 2019 mini. I doubt if my mini will last another year. When I click on Firefox on the Dock, the icon bounces & bounces & bounces & finally opens. It's taking longer & longer to boot. I have a feeling that it will die the same way that my MacBook Pro died. I started it & even after 20 minutes, I still saw the boot screen. I suspect that the hard drive died on my MBP.

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    No, when Apple designates a device "obsolete", it usually only means they will no longer service them. You will still be able to use your Mac, and anything you were able to do on it, before it became "obsolete", will still be possible.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Does that also apply to authorized Apple repair stores?

    I called the local Apple store today & was talked thru diagnosing problems with my mini. I ran disk First Aid & everything checked out. I started the mini in safe mode; I reset the SMC & the NVRAM. The mini seems to work faster. Only time will tell.

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    Here's the official Apple document regarding "Vintage" and "Obsolete" products:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201624

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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