A major Belgian online retailer Computerstore.be has posted placeholder listings for new Haswell Mac minis in Core i5 and Core i7 variations, expecting a launch by the end of February, MacRumors is reporting. While retailer placeholders are not always reliable, the source claims that on contacting the store, it was revealed that the information “comes from Apple or reliable sources”.
The report details that the store representative noted that a release date is not yet available but they expect a launch by the end of February based on availability of the placeholder listings. The listings, for the time being, include images of the current Mac mini. However, they come with product descriptions that differ from the current models:
“The Apple Mac mini features a sturdy and above all very compact aluminum housing. Despite its small size, the Apple Mac mini comes with powerful hardware. The Mac mini is equipped with the latest Intel Core i7 processor from Haswell series. This processor is obviously faster than its predecessor, but also uses the powerful Intel Iris graphics. The latest Apple operating system, OS X Mavericks, works very user friendly and communicates seamlessly with other Apple products. So for example you can just get iMessages on your Mac mini. In addition, OS X Mavericks a very secure operating system, you have (almost) not suffer from nasty viruses. The Apple Mac mini with the latest WiFi standard 802.11ac. This will make use of a high speed Gigabit LAN. You are here obviously compatible 802.11ac equipment needed. If you ever want to expand the memory of the Mac Mini, this is easily done by turning the black plate on the bottom and then add additional memory. The Mac Mini has many connections. He is equipped with HDMI, USB 3.0, FireWire and high-speed Thunderbolt connection.”
In addition to Haswell processors, the description includes several other expected updates such as Iris integrated graphics and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.