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I saw this on cult of mac:
I don’t know where we are at with the Mini, and I would love to get one, but I feel Apple has always played the “get an iMac instead” shell game for anybody who is anything more than just the casual user. I do a lot of high-end audio and video work and when I’m looking into replacing my current iMac there is always something that falls short for my use on the Mini. At one point I think you couldn’t even replace the RAM yourself and then you’re forced to pay Apple's double the going price for RAM and if you’re going to max it out at that price you might was well buy an iMac.
My 2018 model (which is the same as the "2020" model), has RAM that can be replaced, but it's a little more involved than just popping open a little cover - and the wording around the warranty kind of suggests it's not for "end user" replacement. That being said, tons of people have done it, most without any issues.
The thing with me: I don't like AIOs, I want to source my own display(s), I want to put the machine where I want to put it, regardless of the location of the display. An extra perk for me, it's portable, like I can drop the Mini into a bag with a small form KB and mouse and just need a display at my destination - not a common thing, but I have done it.
As much as I tinker with hardware, I decided I didn't want any warranty concerns and wanted to add AC+, so I got a refurb with 32GB of RAM OOTB. At the refurb price, the difference in DIY RAM and Apple OEM RAM is about 2-3 hours of billing for me, and this is a "business" machine
The only place the current Intel Mini suffers is in GPU performance, everything is fantastic. I avoided an eGPU as it sounded pretty halfassed, and the initial M1 machine wasn't quite the specs I wanted in RAM and ports, the GPU is excellent, so I'm assuming an M1X based machine with 32GB RAM a kickass GPU and proper port selection is going to be my next machine.
I've always wanted the xMac, although I'd take an upgraded Granny Smith.Yeah, it's only "mini" in terms of not having a built-in display.
Or come up with another letter-prefix (though Granny Smith is really good ), Book = Laptop, Mac = Desktop, then prefix based on some kind of general attribute/historical naming convention.
I know for years people have talked about an xMac, which would be a semi-expandable, headless type machine.
Wait, Granny Smith ... GS ... history repeats itself:
Apple Mac GS
No, it would not be a Mac Granny Smith: Macintosh is a type of apple (or amplifier, or rain cape) – it would just be a Granny Smith Apple.Wait, Granny Smith ... GS ... history repeats itself:
Apple Mac GS