Apple might launch a high-end Mac Mini within the coming months

The subsequent Mac Mini may very well be powered by Apple’s rumoured M1X chip. The pc will launch within the subsequent a number of months, in response to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. 

“Final fall, as a part of its trio of preliminary Macs to transition over to Apple Silicon chips, the corporate up to date the older Mac mini design with the M1 processor”, wrote Gurman in his weekly Energy On e-newsletter (through MacRumors). 

“The Mac mini is used for extra primary duties like video streaming, however many individuals use it as a software program improvement machine, as a server or for his or her video modifying wants. Apple is aware of that, so it saved the Intel mannequin round. Nicely, anticipate that to go away within the subsequent a number of months with a high-end, M1X Mac mini. It would have an up to date design and extra ports than the present mannequin”. 

The M1X is the newest processor rumoured to be becoming a member of the M1 in Apple’s Apple Silicon line-up in its transfer away from Intel-powered Macs. 

The chip is predicted to launch within the MacBook Professional 2021 as a extra highly effective variation of the M1 designed to energy Apple’s Professional fashions, in contrast to the M2 which has been pegged because the successor to the M1 within the firm’s MacBook Air and iMac strains. 

In keeping with the rumours, the M1X might surpass chips by the likes of AMD and Intel when it comes to CPU efficiency.  

Gurman additionally means that the high-end Mini will characteristic an up to date design with extra ports than the present Mac Mini, which launched in late 2020 with the M1 chip and featured two Thunderbolt ports on its rear, together with two USB-A ports, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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We initially heard hints a couple of redesign again in Could, when Entrance Web page Tech’s Jon Prosser reported that Apple was slimming down the Mac Mini and giving it a brand new reflective floor on prime. 

Prosser additionally said that Apple is bringing again the 2 extra Thunderbolt ports it lower with the 2020 M1 mannequin, bringing the Mac Mini again to a complete of 4 Thunderbolt/USB 4 retailers.

Moreover, a report from Bloomberg final December steered that the Mac Mini will reap the benefits of eight high-performance cores, two effectivity cores and as much as 64GB of RAM, making it considerably extra highly effective than its predecessor.

Whereas these are all nonetheless rumours, it doesn’t sound as if we’ll want to attend lengthy to study if there’s any reality to them. Gurman believes that the high-end Mac Mini will launch within the subsequent a number of months.