More info here. What this means, in practice, is that I will likely never buy an Apple desktop again.
Both my home and work office desktops are Mac minis driving identical HD monitors, a setup that works very well for me and that has gone (at home) through a nice, predictable upgrade cycle: buy a new mini, turn the old one into a media server (or pass it on to family), max out the RAM as soon as it’s feasible under €100.
After four generations of iMacs (which I still consider to be needlessly big, bulky sub-par hardware and a bad investment overall, even with the new models), iterating through the Mac mini series was a great, cost-effective way to have a decent (if not stellar) desktop that lasted ages in Internet terms, and a stable niche in this age of planned obsolescence.
And a Pro is, of course, completely out of the question. I’d much rather spend that kind of money on keeping my kids clothed and fed, so I’m going to invest on SSDs for the current batch of minis (which is already maxed out in RAM) and hope for the best a couple of years down the road.
Removing aftermarket expandability in this way is sure to kill the mini, so I’m going to start looking for long-term alternatives – hackintoshes aren’t really my thing anymore and a Linux desktop makes no sense to me, so it’s probably time to start keeping tabs on compact Windows desktops.