Apple is planning to replace its current high-end Intel Mac mini with a new M1X chip powered Mac mini in the coming months. The new Mac mini will be focused towards professional users that require additional horsepower and will feature a new design and additional ports.
M1X Mac mini with new design and more ports
The news comes courtesy of Mark Gurman’s latest PowerOn newsletter. Gurman shares that Apple knows users need more performance from the high-end Mac mini model which currently uses an Intel chip. Apple is planning to replace it with an M1X Mac mini soon:
Last fall, as part of its trio of initial Macs to transition over 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 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.
This is not the first time that we have heard of a Mac mini ‘pro’ model. Previously, Jon Prosser had reported on the new redesigned Mac mini and even shared renders of it. He also detailed the ports that will be available, as well as the number of cores in the M1X chip and RAM support:
Prosser claims that the device will feature a new external chassis with a “plexiglass-like” reflective surface on the top, in an aluminum enclosure. The device will also have a number of ports available including Ethernet, HDMI out, four USB4/Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports.
The new Mac mini will feature a next-generation Apple Silicon chip with 8 high-performance cores and 2 efficiency cores, supporting up to 64 GB RAM, and featuring Thunderbolt lanes; quite the same specs as the MacBook Pro.
Apple is also planning to release new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by the M1X chip. It is likely that Apple could announce these new Macs in an event this fall.
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