2012 Mini?

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Jeff Charles
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2012 Mini?
Sep 24, 2012

I am using Lightroom on an early 2009 Mini, with a 2.0 GHz dual core processor, 8GB RAM, and an internal 500GB 7500 RPM HD. My photos are on an external FW 800 drive.

For LR 3, that configuration was adequate, but for LR 4, it's not. JPEG exports from raw files take up to twice as long, and changes no longer are instantaneous when I move sliders.

The problem, it seems to me, is the processor, so a new Mini with an i5 or i7 processor makes sense. The currently available model will give me one of those, but I'd also like a USB 3 port, as USB 3 drives are cheaper and faster than FW 800 drives, and I could use an adapter to hook up my eSATA drives. So, I have been waiting for the 2012 Mini, which I would purchase when I am in the US this winter.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any hints that a 2012 Mini is coming. The Mac Rumors buyers guide ( http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac_Mini ) has not been update for months. Has anyone heard something that I may have missed?
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