Mac Mini i5 500GB 4GB Ram £349 With Code @ Currys PC World
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Mac Mini i5 500GB 4GB Ram £349 With Code @ Currys PC World

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Found 2nd Nov 2015
Use code MAC50 for the discount. Cheap. Usual Price £399

This is the Late 2014 model the current one Apple are still selling.
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Great way to own a Mac computer

I have one running side by side with a Windows PC sharing a screen. The difference in quality needs no explanation.
Edited by: "fairytooth" 2nd Nov 2015
Original Poster
fairytooth

Great way to own a Mac computer



Totally agree, cheapest way into a Mac with good specs, it's a great starter Mac to see if they are for you or not.
RAM is soldered on in this model Would like more for photo editing
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cRuNcHiE

RAM is soldered on in this model Would like more for photo editing



I know the old models were good where you could change everything. It's just another excuse to give them more money by paying for a customised model with more ram.
fairytooth

Great way to own a Mac computerI have one running side by side with a … Great way to own a Mac computerI have one running side by side with a Windows PC sharing a screen. The difference in quality needs no explanation.


quality of picture or?
Thanks op
I went for manBook pro 12" from 2012 and love it :-) £400 2nd hand
Ruffuz

quality of picture or?


Everything: picture, speed, graphics, operating system, lack of bloatware, etc. etc.
Original Poster
quglarz

I went for manBook pro 12" from 2012 and love it :-) £400 2nd hand



That'd be 11"
Original Poster
ftbf444

Thanks op



No problem, glad i could help.
dmcmsn

That'd be 11"



that'd be what she said
dmcmsn

That'd be 11"


More likely 13" if MBP
Would John Lewis price match and dare I hope that this reduction at Currys means Apple will release a Skylake-based model (or better still a model that uses the older Broadwell chip in the new 21" iMac for the Iris 6200 graphics), sooner rather than later?

Looking at the Intel Nuc and Brix form factors, I wonder if new Mac Mini would be smaller than the 2014 Mini but, unlike the Nuc and Brix, etc, so locked down you couldn't even change the out the hard drive for an SSD, not a trivial task or recommended with the 2014 model.

Hard to grumble about the modest previous gen spec at the price and besides, aesthetics wise, who makes computer cases like Apple. Hot.
Noclouds

Would John Lewis price match and dare I hope that this reduction at … Would John Lewis price match and dare I hope that this reduction at Currys means Apple will release a Skylake-based model (or better still a model that uses the older Broadwell chip in the new 21" iMac for the Iris 6200 graphics), sooner rather than later? Looking at the Intel Nuc and Brix form factors, I wonder if new Mac Mini would be smaller than the 2014 Mini but, unlike the Nuc and Brix, etc, so locked down you couldn't even change the out the hard drive for an SSD, not a trivial task or recommended with the 2014 model. Hard to grumble about the modest previous gen spec at the price and besides, aesthetics wise, who makes computer cases like Apple. Hot.



From John Lewis.. We don't match prices only available via 3rd party websites, or with voucher codes.
dmcmsn

Totally agree, cheapest way into a Mac with good specs, it's a great … Totally agree, cheapest way into a Mac with good specs, it's a great starter Mac to see if they are for you or not.



Nah, the best way is to build a hackintosh.
Easy to do and cheaper too. I love mine.
Really like OSX really hate apples hardware pricing!
Is there a good site to build a good priced hackintosh?
Don't want top end stuff, just one that will do the job. Not interested in anything too demanding on the CPU.

Thanks
Nice price
Don't get the point of mac mini tbh. Without Apple 4/5k display, mouse and keyboard the only thing left from the whole Mac experience is OS X.
fairytooth

Everything: picture, speed, graphics, operating system, lack of … Everything: picture, speed, graphics, operating system, lack of bloatware, etc. etc.


Don't want to start the usual stupid dispute apple vs windows but you see what you want to see ...
witekgl

Don't get the point of mac mini tbh. Without Apple 4/5k display, mouse … Don't get the point of mac mini tbh. Without Apple 4/5k display, mouse and keyboard the only thing left from the whole Mac experience is OS X.



It depends what you need. If you are a casual iOS developer, this should get the job done nicely and cheaply. And that is just one example where the mini is suitable for.
fairytooth

Great way to own a Mac computerI have one running side by side with a … Great way to own a Mac computerI have one running side by side with a Windows PC sharing a screen. The difference in quality needs no explanation.



Hail Apple!
I can say quite the opposite. In fact I have this mac mini (bought it 2 weeks ago for one short term project). I won't lie, from outside it looks dynamite. But that **** OS X is a fu**ing disaster. You need a 3rd party app to get your mouse acceleration usable and many other little things that comes with Windows. I have 2 windows PC's (i7's) and now this Mac mini. 10 years ago made a swith to mac from PC. What a waste of time and money. Same thing like with this mac mini - looks fantastic from outside but crap inside.
Don't want to go deeper in discussion as there's no point. Same **** like some are straight some are gay
fairytooth

Everything: picture, speed, graphics, operating system, lack of … Everything: picture, speed, graphics, operating system, lack of bloatware, etc. etc.



Indeed - I would like to see how can a 4gb, spinny drive, mobile i5 machine be so impressive, even if compared to a similarly-priced windows whatever. Hard to think that's not the shiny apple on top pulling the miracle here. At any rate, good deal. Heat added

Edited by: "somerandomguy123" 3rd Nov 2015
Turning on windows: Bios, loading windows, welcome (still loading), desktop (still background loading more drivers & garbage), then popups "updates are available for your...."
AAARRRGGGHHHHHH !
And so on..... Inc your antivirus needs blah blah blah ffs.

Turning on osx: White loading screen and then desktop. Done & ready.

Im no fan of apples hardware prices (who is) and have various macs, including a late 2012 mini, but think I too will revert back to a hackintosh again, it was very nice when done, if a bit fiddly to install, but worth it.
And like a pc, you can upgrade the parts easy including graphics etc.


Edited by: "wudan" 3rd Nov 2015
Just Put 8GB Ram and samsung Evo SSD and my MacBook work like dream :-)
So wudan, are you saying that Mac iOS never updates itself? That would be a bit scary, given that bugs get discovered and virus checkers need updating etc.

Maybe it is better at doing that quietly in the background, but I'm sure it's going on.

In any event, isn't the latest iOS developed on top of Ubuntu Linux (or some other variant) now? I don't know for sure, just what I heard, but I wouldn't be surprised.

iOS is the mobile OS. This Mac has OS X. And OS X is UNIX not Ubuntu.

kalico

So wudan, are you saying that Mac iOS never updates itself? That would be … So wudan, are you saying that Mac iOS never updates itself? That would be a bit scary, given that bugs get discovered and virus checkers need updating etc.Maybe it is better at doing that quietly in the background, but I'm sure it's going on. In any event, isn't the latest iOS developed on top of Ubuntu Linux (or some other variant) now? I don't know for sure, just what I heard, but I wouldn't be surprised.



Edited by: "fmushtaq" 3rd Nov 2015
mikeypr

Is there a good site to build a good priced hackintosh?Don't want top end … Is there a good site to build a good priced hackintosh?Don't want top end stuff, just one that will do the job. Not interested in anything too demanding on the CPU.Thanks


Have a read of the guides on tonymacx86
mikeypr

Is there a good site to build a good priced hackintosh?Don't want top end … Is there a good site to build a good priced hackintosh?Don't want top end stuff, just one that will do the job. Not interested in anything too demanding on the CPU.Thanks



As recommended before , tonymacx86 is the holy grail of hackintosh info.

The only really key stuff you need is a compatible motherboard and an Intel processor. so if you have that already you might be able to do it already on your current PC.
kalico

So wudan, are you saying that Mac iOS never updates itself? That would be … So wudan, are you saying that Mac iOS never updates itself? That would be a bit scary, given that bugs get discovered and virus checkers need updating etc.Maybe it is better at doing that quietly in the background, but I'm sure it's going on. In any event, isn't the latest iOS developed on top of Ubuntu Linux (or some other variant) now? I don't know for sure, just what I heard, but I wouldn't be surprised.



Are you for real?
kalico

So wudan, are you saying that Mac iOS never updates itself? That would be … So wudan, are you saying that Mac iOS never updates itself? That would be a bit scary, given that bugs get discovered and virus checkers need updating etc.Maybe it is better at doing that quietly in the background, but I'm sure it's going on. In any event, isn't the latest iOS developed on top of Ubuntu Linux (or some other variant) now? I don't know for sure, just what I heard, but I wouldn't be surprised.



You're adorable.

1) Macintosh OS X Updates automatically in the background, MacBooks can actually install software updates while they are asleep. The built-in anti-malware component never even asks to be updated it just does it.

2) iOS and OS X are both forks of a version of Unix called BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), Apple's fork of BSD is called Darwin. It has nothing to do with Linux at all and has much more in common with OpenBSD.
fmushtaq

And OS X is UNIX not Ubuntu.



It's actually called Darwin and is forked from BSD, but what-ever.
fairytooth

Everything: picture, speed, graphics, operating system, lack of … Everything: picture, speed, graphics, operating system, lack of bloatware, etc. etc.



Grass is always greener and iSheep always look for the astroturf.

Linux > OSX. And its better to source your own parts anyway, then you can check to see if they exploited child labour to maximise profits.

But its a decent price if your looking to get chained to the Apple ecosystem.

Regards
Flea
Fleabum

then you can check to see if they exploited child labour to maximise … then you can check to see if they exploited child labour to maximise profits.



Interesting comment, especially since there's no magical 'Apple only' factory. They outsource their manufacturing to people like Foxconn and Pegatron (among others) are you telling me you've never bought or used a product built by:

Acer Inc
Amazon.com
Asustek Computer Inc.
Apple Inc.
BlackBerry Ltd.
Cisco
Dell
Google
Hewlett-Packard
Huawei
Lenovo Group Ltd
Microsoft
Motorola Mobility
InFocus
Nintendo
Nokia
Sony
Toshiba
Xiaomi
Vizio

?

Feels like you're just trying to start and argument really.
Edited by: "ollie87" 3rd Nov 2015
ollie87

Feels like you're just trying to start and argument really.



Not at all.

But it does sound like your trying to deflect away from Apple.... Apple have direct control over which suppliers they use, and they are the only ones who can choose their manufacturers, duplicity in a crime doesn't mean you have to commit it yourself.

All I am saying if you are bothered about child labour, you can't choose Apple, a proven fact.

Regards
Flea
Fleabum

Not at all.But it does sound like your trying to deflect away from … Not at all.But it does sound like your trying to deflect away from Apple.... Apple have direct control over which suppliers they use, and they are the only ones who can choose their manufacturers, duplicity in a crime doesn't mean you have to commit it yourself.All I am saying if you are bothered about child labour, you can't choose Apple, a proven fact.RegardsFlea



I couldn't give a stuff about Apple. Although I own an iPad, an iPhone, a MacBook and an AppleTV I also have a gaming PC running Windows 10, a HTPC running Windows 10 and a ASUS x205ta running Windows 10. I also own a Pebble Smartwatch, which was probably built in same factory as most other electronics.

Because I'm not a 'fanboi' of any platform because that is completely idiotic, I just buy and use what I feel I like best at the time.

(I have used Linux in the past, but since I can run Linux binaries in OS X and I prefer OS X to most flavours of Linux, besides, gaming on Linux is still awful)

Given the information I've shared if you've bothered about child labour you shouldn't use any of these companies either:

Acer Inc
Amazon.com
Asustek Computer Inc.
Apple Inc.
BlackBerry Ltd.
Cisco
Dell
Google
Hewlett-Packard
Huawei
Lenovo Group Ltd
Microsoft
Motorola Mobility
InFocus
Nintendo
Nokia
Sony
Toshiba
Xiaomi
Vizio

I'm sure you own one of their products, I mean I see a lot of Linux fanboys cream themselves over ASUS motherboards.
Edited by: "ollie87" 3rd Nov 2015
Are these any good for ios development? Can these be connected to my dell windows laptop to use the mouse keyboard and monitor or need to buy them seperately?
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alxdenisov

Are these any good for ios development? Can these be connected to my dell … Are these any good for ios development? Can these be connected to my dell windows laptop to use the mouse keyboard and monitor or need to buy them seperately?



You can use any USB or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
alxdenisov

Are these any good for ios development? Can these be connected to my dell … Are these any good for ios development? Can these be connected to my dell windows laptop to use the mouse keyboard and monitor or need to buy them seperately?



It'd be fine for iOS Development.

As for connecting it to your Dell laptop you can technically do that, using the built in VNC Server. Then you'd use a VNC client on your Windows machine to connect to it.

Please note you will need a keyboard, mouse and monitor for the initial setup.
Edited by: "ollie87" 3rd Nov 2015
witekgl

Don't get the point of mac mini tbh. Without Apple 4/5k display, mouse … Don't get the point of mac mini tbh. Without Apple 4/5k display, mouse and keyboard the only thing left from the whole Mac experience is OS X.


and that's what's good about it. It's not even overpriced.

Don't like the soldered ram though !
wudan

Turning on windows: Bios, loading windows, welcome (still loading), … Turning on windows: Bios, loading windows, welcome (still loading), desktop (still background loading more drivers & garbage), then popups "updates are available for your...." AAARRRGGGHHHHHH !And so on..... Inc your antivirus needs blah blah blah ffs.Turning on osx: White loading screen and then desktop. Done & ready.Im no fan of apples hardware prices (who is) and have various macs, including a late 2012 mini, but think I too will revert back to a hackintosh again, it was very nice when done, if a bit fiddly to install, but worth it.And like a pc, you can upgrade the parts easy including graphics etc.



If you have an even remotely modern pc, you should have a uefi motherbaord, so you will see no bios etc. You turn it on and its loading windows > desktop, exactly like mac. Use an SSD, windows in 10 seconds, antivirus is built into windows now so no waiting for your anti virus to update, updates can be scheduled when and if you like. Not wanting to start the debate either, but you should compare like for like.
Edited by: "cartsp" 3rd Nov 2015
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