There hasn’t been any news about newer versions of Mac minis lately. Apple updated its entire Mac lineup in 2013, the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac models were refreshed with the latest Intel Haswell processors, whereas the Mac Pro received a complete makeover, including radical changes to its design. Apple is yet to mention the Mac mini, it didn’t reveal any plans pertaining to this particular Mac in 2013, so right now it’s not known for sure if and when the company is going to release the refreshed lineup.
However, the latest report indicate a retailer from Belgium has listed Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell configurations of the unannounced new Mac mini, but eventually removed the listing. Could it be that a little mistake has revealed what is to come in a few week’s time, or maybe a month? The retailer claims to have received this information from “reliable sources.” Retailers did see inventory tighten up towards the end of last year, which led to rumors about the upcoming launch of a refreshed lineup. It is also believed that Apple has carefully managed the Mac mini’s supply, only because it does not want the market to be flooded by inventory which ends up collecting dust in warehouses. Usually though, tight supply is often taken as a sign of an oncoming successor.
Whether or not we will see refreshed Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell mini Macs next month, we will just have to wait and see. The main reason we will never be certain until its release is that Apple is known for not giving any official announcements about their upcoming products before they actually get launched.