Stephen Hackett on the Mac mini:
As bad as the Mac Pro’s lot in life has become, the Mac mini isn’t far behind it. The machine was last updated in late 2014 and is still powered by Haswell Core i5s and i7s.
Apple seems proud of that:
Mac mini makes everyday tasks a breeze with fourth-generation Intel Core processors, a flash storage option that’s up to 50 percent faster, and wireless performance up to three times quicker than its predecessor.
From 2012. Hackett points out the generational problem:
Those chips are one generation older than the MacBook Air. To make matter worse, that model removed the ability to upgrade the RAM in the machine.
The last upgrade was a downgrade. Apple continues to neglect the Mac customers, this time at the low end with Mac mini and MacBook Air; ancient machines sold as if they were new. Unused maybe. But not new.