Apple has ditched the idea of a Mac mini based on the M1 Pro SoC (System-on-a-Chip), according to new vine talks, but the company is now working on a new spin on the compact PC powered by M2 chips in instead of.
This comes from prolific Apple leaker Mark Gurman in his Turn on (opens in new tab) newsletter (for Bloomberg), in which he notes that Apple was working on a Mac mini with M1 Pro that was supposed to be released in late 2021 or early 2022.
Of course, that never happened, and the theory is (applying the usual caveats with the rumor) that Apple ditched the device – a move likely tied to the Mac Studio launch – and is now developing Mac mini models that will use the vanilla M2 SoC. and the M2 Pro (which we’ve heard before in the rumor mill).
It seems, then, that those who have been waiting for an animated Mac mini may have to hold on for quite a while longer than apparently Apple’s original intention. But the end result will be better, of course, with the M2 silicon representing a solid advance over the M1 and obviously the Pro taking over the M2 SoC should increase the power level considerably from there (we’ve yet to see the M2 Pro , it is clear).
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Apparently, a Mac mini aimed at professionals is still on the cards, so it will only use the M2 Pro, leaving it as a more affordable mid-range option than the Mac Studio, but obviously more expensive than the base Mac version. mini (with M2 vanilla chip).
As MacRumors (opens in new tab)who spotted this development, points out that it’s a point of contention what else can be done with the Mac mini in its next incarnation, other than upgrading the engine to an M2.
We could get a redesign with a plexiglass-style top surface, according to Jon Prosser, but Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple’s next miniature box of computing tricks will look the same as it already does, more or less. Both are Apple-heavy leakers of the same caliber as Gurman – but the latter sides with Kuo and doesn’t think there will be a new design, making it look like things are leaning that way.
To be fair, people aren’t likely to care too much about looks, as it’s very much the innards that will be of concern to those looking for a theoretical M2 Pro Mac mini – and just how powerful the Spin Pro will be for the M2 generation. And indeed, how much RAM can you put in there, which will likely be 32GB at least for the M2 Pro model.