That's a fair point you make and only time will tell. However, as an owner of a variety of Apple products the Mini 9 fills a gap for me which Apple won't address.
Just like sircharles, I tend to use my mini for light duties, mainly for browsing and emailing on the sofa at home and when I'm away on a trip for watching movies, listening to tunes and uploading my holidays snaps. I'll occasionally use it to upload some SD video but I generally leave the heavy stuff for my MBP.
I do hope Apple won't make too big a song and dance about the mini 9 and this forum, but they just might. Even then it won't be the end of the world because all the work has pretty much been done by the team in regards to OS X. Just make sure you've got backups of the latest type11/Boot123 and the Dell EFI 1.07.1
Dell Mini 9 2GB 64GB RunCore SSD BT 1.3MP 10.5.8 A05 NBI .8.3 RC3
MBP 2.4 C2D 4GB 160GB 10.6.2
Macmin 2.53 C2D 4GB 320GB 10.6.2
Macmini 1.83 CD 1GB 80GB 10.6.2
iPhone 3Gs 32GB; 2*PS3 (320/40GB + PlayTV); Wii; PS2; PSP Phat; PSP3000