2014 Mac Mini vs 2012 Mac Mini: Worth the Upgrade?
Apple hasn’t updated the Mac Mini since late 2012, and now with the release of the 2014 model, many are wondering whether it’s worth the upgrade. We take a look at the pros and cons below.
On the exterior, the late 2014 Apple Mac mini looks almost identical to the 2012 model, featuring the same aluminum chassis measuring 1.4 inches thick and 7.7 inches square. So, if you’re interested about the aspect, then the answer is short – the newest Mac Mini is pretty much the same deal like the 2012, with a few small improvements like two Thunderbolt 2 ports and slight changes in the positioning of the HDMI output.
On the inside, however, things are different. The new model gets upgraded to a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. Also, as the older model boasted a 2.3GHz dual-core CPU, the new base model is just 1.4GHz, but it should deliver better general performance thanks to the newer processor.
The new CPU also features Intel HD Graphics 5000 integrated graphics solution, which represents an incremental upgrade from the Intel HD Graphics 4000. A 500GB hard drive in the base model and the option to configure the Mac mini with a 1TB Fusion drive remain the same.
802.11ac Wi-Fi and the Gigabit Ethernet port for wired connectivity are still present, as well. The new Mac Mini also comes with support for up to two 2,560-by-1,600 displays over Thunderbolt and will put out a 4,096-by-2,160 resolution over HDMI.
The new Mac mini is also dropping the base price from $599 to $499, which makes the late 2014 Mac mini the most affordable of all of Apple’s desktops. However, we’re referring to the official prices coming from Apple’s store, because you can get a god deal on the 2012 Mac Mini which was retailing for $594 last time I checked.
So, it all boils down to your own preferences, but, by the looks of it, you’re looking to get the latest version of Mac OS X and also enjoy the newest processor for a cheaper price, then the late 2014 Apple Mac Mini is what you should get.
Update – I forgot to mention that the RAM is soldered in the current Mac Mini, which means you can’t upgrade the memory. So this changes things quite a lot. Even if the new Mac Mini comes with a newer processor, the soldered RAM is quite a problem. So, if you can get a late 2012 Mac Mini with a great price, maybe you should consider it.