This year, we saw Cook and Co. unveil updates to the iPad line in March, with a Mac refresh unveiled in June at WWDC, and the usual iPhone refresh, as it has in most recent years, coming in a September special event. "Are we going to see anything in pipeline anytime soon?"
As reported by MacRumors, a Mac user named Krar emailed Tim Cook to get an update on the Mac mini and he received a response. In an email responding to the future of the Mac Mini, Tim Cook recently said that the compact computer will remain an important part of Apple's product roadmap.
In it, he confirmed the Mac mini could be on the cards, although he didn't give a specific time-frame or any further tantalising details.
Nobody is going to hold a grudge against you if you forgot about the Mac mini.
Cook's full response reads: "I'm glad you love Mac mini". To put this in perspective, Intel announced 8th generation processors about a month back and the Mac Mini runs on more than 3 years according to ArsTechnica.
Similarly, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, commented on the Mac Mini when the new Mac Pro was revealed saying: "The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren't bringing it up because it's more of a mix of consumer with some pro use". I wouldn't be surprised to be kept waiting until the second half of 2018 for fresh Mac mini news.
But time will tell how much Apple effort will dedicate to the Mac Mini and whether it can bring a dose of innovation into the small-form desktop device. It is an affordable desktop machine that many customers, including some of us at Pocket-lint, love, though because it hasn't been updated in years, we wouldn't recommend it.