The Mac mini was one of the first Macs, along with the dual-port MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, to make the leap to Apple’s silicon processors. This means that, to our knowledge, Apple has had time to work on its future update, an update that, according to Mark Gurman, we can look forward to “in the next few months.”
A Mac mini that adapts 100% to Apple’s silicon
The Mac mini we saw arriving last October was not yet taking full advantage of the M1 processor. After its first teardowns, we learned that the computer was practically empty inside, for example. After seeing the presentation of the iMac M1, however, we knew that the new processors would allow a whole range of new designs in Apple products.
In his last Newsletter, Mark Gurman declares that Apple worked on a Mac mini with features superior to the current one. With a new design and M1X processor. A computer that should arrive “in the next few months”, according to the Bloomberg reporter.
Last fall, as part of its trio of early Macs switching to Apple Silicon chips, the company updated the older Mac mini design with the M1 processor. The Mac mini is used for more basic tasks like streaming video, but many people use it as a software development machine, as a server, or for their video editing needs. Apple knows this, which is why it kept the Intel model. Well, hopefully that goes away in the coming months with a top-of-the-line Mac mini, the M1X. It will have an updated design and more ports than the current model.
With the arrival of this new computer, the Mac mini family, with its two models, would completely give way to Apple Silicon processors. A computer that could well be launched at the same time as the expected MacBook Pro 14 and 16 inches which should be presented this October.
Jon Prosser has already shared renderings of this upcoming Mac mini which, among other things, have added support for the MagSafe connector that we have seen arriving in the iMac M1. Beyond the renderings and concepts, what we expect from this new Mac mini is that it is noticeably smaller than the current one.
As we have already said, the current model is practically empty inside due to the fact that the space for the components has been significantly reduced in Apple silicon. If we have fewer smaller fans and a really smaller motherboard, we can either go for a Mac mini with proportions closer to those of an Apple TV, or a considerably thinner one.
In any case, what’s clear is that just as we’ve seen a significant design change in the iMac M1, we’ll see something similar in the rest of the Mac lineup. Some computers should start to arrive this time. fall.