It might run on the same “M1X” processor rumored to come to the MacBook Pro.
When Apple dispatched the first Macs with its own M1 silicon inside (the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini), they were basically indistinguishable from the Intel models they supplanted, beside the new processor obviously. Yet, various rumours have indicated that Apple is working on major upgrades for its PCs soon, and the company previously released an all-new iMac with Apple silicon inside. Presently, it seems like the Mac mini will get a major revival soon, too.
Reports claim that Apple is also working on a new version of Mac Mini, which will come powered by the upcoming M1X chipset. The latest development indicates that the product could get launched in the coming months. The new report coming from Mark Gurman through his Power On newsletter contradicts a recent report which claimed that the M1X-powered Mac Mini has been delayed by Apple to launch next year because of “marketing reasons.”
Do note that the M1X chipset has not been declared at this point by Apple however based on what’s known up until now, the chipset is supposed to be a further developed form of the M1. Aside from Mac Mini, it will control other Mac gadgets, including the forthcoming MacBook Pro models.
Apple is expected to redesign Mac Mini and add more ports, including a magnetic power port. The product is said to be focusing on the power users and will feature a “plexiglass” top. A recent report also indicated that the Mac Mini with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD could have a starting price of $1,299.
In addition to the new internals, Apple is also expected to redesign the Mac mini and add more ports to the small desktop computer. This Mac mini might be more focused on power users and will also likely cost more than the current models Apple offers, so it seems likely that the company will keep the M1 model around as a more basic and affordable option.