New Mac mini references discovered in Studio Display firmware

The launch of the next-generation Mac mini has been speculated for some time now. It was expected that Apple will unveil it at the March 8 event but the company didn’t and launched the new Mac Studio instead. However, industry reports still maintain that the updated Mac mini with next-generation M1 Apple Silicon is coming in 2023.

A newly discovered reference of an un-announced in the Studio Display firmware substantiates those claims. Although Studio Display is an external monitor, Apple has equipped it with an A13 Bionic chip and 64GB of storage, presumably to receive firmware updates to boost performance.

Mac mini

An unannounced Mac mini found in Studio Display firmware

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith shared on Twitter that he found a new model of Mac mini “Macmini10,1” in the Studio Display firmware. Initially, he predicted that Apple’s new CPU will be powered by the M2 chip, but later he revised that assessment and said that it will be powered by M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

The rumor mill is a little unclear as to what new Macs are imminent; for what it’s worth, there is one concrete clue: the shipping Studio Display firmware references one unaccounted-for mystery machine — a new model generation of Mac mini (“Macmini10,1”). My guess: M2, not M1 Pro

M1 Mac mini

At the launch of M1 Ultra Apple Silicon in Mac Studio, Apple announced that M1 series build had come to an end which gave rise to the speculation that the next-generation Apple Silicon will likely be called M2.

Refuting industry claims, Smith believes that the next-generation Mac mini will be powered by M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, not M2. Apple introduced M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in 2021 MacBook Pro models.

Tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the new desktop computer will have the same design as the 2020 Mac mini but will be powered by next-generation Apple Silicon to deliver faster performance and improved battery efficiency.

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