In 2020, the Mac mini was one of the first computers in the Mac lineup to be upgraded to M1 Apple Silicon and it was speculated that Apple will introduce the next-generation Mac mini with an M2 chip at the March 8 event. Although the tech giant announced a new Mac Studio desktop computer with powerful M1 Max and much more powerful M1 Ultra chips, rumor mills claim that it is not the end of Mac mini.
An anonymous source has told 9to5Mac that Apple is developing a new Mac mini which will be powered by advanced M2 and M2 Pro chips.
The new M2 chip in the upcoming Mac mini will feature an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU
At the “Peek Performance” event, Apple confirmed that the new “M1 Ultra” is the final build of the M1 chip series, which means that the likely name of the next-generation Apple Silicon will be M2.
According to the report, the new M2 chip in the upcoming Mac mini will be based on the A15 chip with an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU that will outshine that already fast M1 Mac mini in performance and power efficiency. The M1 chip is based on the A14 chip and features an 8-core CPU (four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores) and 8-core GPU.
Codenamed J473, the new Mac mini will be powered by the M2 chip, which is Apple’s next-generation entry-level chip for Macs and iPads. M2 will represent the first major upgrade to Apple’s “M” family of chips since the introduction of the M1 in 2020.
Internally known as “Staten,” M2 is based on the current A15 chip, while M1 is based on the A14 Bionic. Just like M1, M2 will feature an eight-core CPU (four performance cores and four efficiency cores), but this time with a more powerful 10-core GPU. The new performance cores are codenamed “Avalanche,” and efficiency cores are known as “Blizzard.”
Furthermore, it also claims that the higher-end model of the new Mac mini will be powered by an M2 Pro chip with a 12-core CPU (eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores) and 8-core GPU. It is said that the development of the new desktop Mac model is complete and it will launch later this year but details of its design were not shared.
A report by the Taiwanese Commercial Times corroborates the new claim that reported Apple’s next-generation M2 chip is internally codenamed “Staten” but refuted its launch time.
The report claims that Apple’s next-generation M2 chip, codenamed Staten, will launch in the first half of 2023, alongside its M2 Pro and M2 Max variants. The report also sheds light on Apple Silicon roadmap and says that it will be updated every 18 months. This pegs 3nm M3 series chips to a late 2024 or early 2025 launch.
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