Everything We Know About the Upcoming Mac Mini From Apple Has Been Compiled Here
We were surprised that the Apple Mac Mini (2022) didn’t show up at the Apple Peek Performance event on March 8 because it’s one of our most anticipated devices.
The Mac Studio, shown off in our live blog from Apple’s March event, does contain the new M1 Ultra SoC (system-on-a-chip), but it was designed with creative pros in mind, as you can see.
Mac Mini (M1), powered by the Apple M1 chip, was released almost exactly two years ago together with the 13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020), so a new model, possibly powered by the same M2 chip as the reported MacBook Air (2022), is unquestionably overdue.
The M1 chip that powers the mini-PC wowed us when we tested it in 2020, and it proved to be a solid performer overall. Even then, a home PC is a substantial piece of equipment, so will the Mac Mini be able to win over those who aren’t already Mac fans?
For individuals who require a home PC but don’t want a huge PC case or an all-in-one computer like the newest iMac, the Mac Mini’s small form factor is an obvious plus. Others may be concerned, though, that a mini-PC isn’t powerful enough for their requirements.
For this year’s release of the Mac Mini (2022), the anticipated unveiling of a new processor, the Apple M2, should put such concerns to rest.
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Cut to The Chase: Apple Mac Mini (2022)
- What is this? The next-generation mini-PC from Apple.
- When will it be available? By the end of 2022, we anticipate
- What is the price of this? However, the current price (beginning at $699/£699/AU$1,099) may be similar.
Apple Mac Mini (2022): Release Date and Price
As of this writing, there is no official release date for the Apple Mac Mini (2022). Considering that the previous Mac Mini (M1) was released at the end of 2020, we were expecting a new model to be announced at Apple’s March 2022 presentation. However, if Apple does intend to produce an M2 SoC, we should hear about it before the end of the year.
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The M1 microprocessor will be found in both the 2020 and 2021 models, which were both unveiled at the same time. Even the 13-inch MacBook Pro may not get a big overhaul, which may be held for the release of the new MacBook Air later this year, according to numerous reports.
If that’s the case, then the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and Mac Mini with M2 might be unveiled at the same time as the Mac Mini with M2.
It’s better to announce two M2-powered products that don’t have huge redesigns than just one, and changing out the M1 for M2 would make mass manufacturing significantly easier if the Mini simply received internal enhancements.
Apple Mac Mini (2022): Design
We’ve heard a lot about Apple’s MacBook Air (2022) and the lack of a redesign for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, so which side of things do we expect the Mac Mini to take?
How do you know if Apple will re-design the Mac Mini? It’s a difficult issue to answer because there is less desire in seeing a Mac Mini overhaul. For this reason, it makes likely that the 13-inch MacBook Pro won’t be redesigned this year, in favor of the 14-inch MacBook Pro, which is expected to be discontinued at the end of the year (2021).
The Mac Mini is unlikely to be discontinued anytime soon, thus it’s almost inevitable that it will need a little update to blend in with other Mac devices, such as the iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro 14-inch, and MacBook Pro 16-inch, which all have larger displays.
Apple Mac Mini (2022): Specs and Performance
If we know the Apple CPU that powers the Mac Mini, we can only speculate on its specifications, but we expect it to include the same 8GB/16GB Unified Memory configuration possibilities, as well as 256GB to 2TB SSD options.
With that said, we’re hoping that Thunderbolt 3 will be upgraded to Thunderbolt 4 and that the number of ports will remain around the same. In the same manner, Thunderbolt 4 may mean that the new Mac Mini won’t need HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, therefore those connectors may be axed.
That could affect our ranking of the best Mac Mini monitors, but we have a feeling Apple isn’t too bothered by this.
Things get intriguing when it comes to the new device’s chips.
There’s a rumor that we’ll see an M1 Pro-powered Mac Mini, as well as an M1 Max-powered Mac Mini in the future.
There is a chance that the M1 Pro and M1 Max will be reserved for professionals rather than consumers, but it is also possible that the Mac Mini could gain a much broader appeal if it enables users of all stripes to benefit from the performance of the two latter models at a lower cost than a MacBook Pro.