Prominent leaker Marc Gurman is at it again with another Apple rumor. This time around he’s corroborating earlier reports of a new Mac Mini with a few more details: it’ll come with more ports, a new design, and the M1X processor. And it’s coming “in the next several months.”
The information comes from Gurman’s Power On newsletter; here’s the relevant quote in full:
The Mac mini is used for more basic tasks like video streaming, but many people use it as a software development machine, as a server or for their video editing needs. Apple knows that, so it kept the Intel model around. Well, expect that to go away in the next several months with a high-end, M1X Mac mini. It will have an updated design and more ports than the current model.
Apple’s Mac Mini was one of its first computers to receive the upgrade to its new ARM architecture, but the basic exterior design has remained unchanged for years, and the M1 chip meant it wasn’t really more powerful than the MacBooks (other than better thermals).
The new M1X Mac Mini is expected to come with a significantly revamped design and better performance. The added ports also show that Apple is might be treating the Mac Mini as more than just a gateway desktop for casual workloads. It could be as versatile as the iMac for those who don’t need the integrated display and would like to save some bucks.
Leaker Jon Prosser pointed to a new design with a plexiglass top and magnetic power adapter, but we’ve not seen much to back up those reports. I wouldn’t be surprised if its design took a page out of the new iMac, and the M1X chip will probably allow Apple to make the Mini even mini-er.
With new iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and AirPods also expected soon, it looks like Apple is going to have a busy fall.
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