With Apple’s “Unleashed” occasion simply hours away, the main focus has understandably been on the brand new MacBook Professional fashions which are anticipated to debut, however rumors recommend we might additionally see the corporate unveil a brand new Mac mini with a brand new design and a quicker Apple silicon processor. This is what we have heard from sources over the previous yr.
Kicking issues off, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman in Could stated that Apple was engaged on a high-end model of the Mac mini, that includes a extra highly effective Apple silicon chip than the M1 and additional ports. Then, in August, Gurman adopted up that report by saying that the refreshed Mac mini could be coming within the “subsequent a number of months,” which strains up effectively with this month’s occasion.
Gurman’s particular expectations concerning the new Mac mini are as follows:
- The brand new Mac mini is anticipated to make use of the M1X, the identical chip because the next-generation MacBook Professional.
The following-generation MacBook Professional fashions are anticipated to function an improved model of the M1 chip with a 10-core CPU, containing eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, and 16-core or 32-core GPU choices, that means that is additionally what we are able to anticipate from the brand new Mac mini. The processor they share nonetheless might but have one other title.
- Assist for as much as 64GB of reminiscence.
That is believed to be a advantage of the M1X chip, which is claimed to help as much as 64GB RAM, up from the 16GB most RAM supported by the M1.
- 4 Thunderbolt ports shall be included on the rear.
This might be up from the 2 Thunderbolt ports which are obtainable on the rear of the present Mac mini with an M1 chip, and can also be stated to be a change supported by the M1X processor.
- The high-end Mac mini will change the Intel Mac mini that Apple continues to be promoting.
When Apple launched the M1 Mac mini final yr, it retained the Intel Mac minis with two further ports within the product lineup as a high-end choice. Apple did the identical with the MacBook Professional and iMac, the place the M1 choice changed the entry-level model of the machine, and stored the high-end Intel fashions with extra ports on sale. Gurman expects that the brand new high-end Mac mini shall be offered alongside the present M1 Mac mini.
Shortly after Gurman’s preliminary report, leaker Jon Prosser shared renders allegedly giving us a primary take a look at the upcoming Mac mini.
In line with Prosser, who has a combined observe file with regards to Apple rumors, the brand new high-end Mac mini could have the next options:
- A largely comparable design to the prevailing Mac mini however a smaller total dimension.
- The identical ports at present obtainable on the Intel-based Mac mini, which incorporates 4 Thunderbolt, two USB-A, Ethernet, and HDMI.
- A “plexiglass-like” prime, which is able to sit above the aluminum enclosure.
- Two attainable “two-tone” shade choices, just like the 24-inch iMac.
- The identical magnetic energy port that debuted within the 24-inch iMac.
Keep in mind that there is no assure we’ll see a Mac mini announcement at Apple’s upcoming “Unleashed” occasion, and Bloomberg initially stated Apple might scrap its plans to launch this new high-end Mac mini anytime quickly. Regardless, Apple will finally change the present Intel fashions with ones that includes Apple silicon chips. It is only a matter of when.
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