While the Mac mini with M1 saw a noticeable performance improvement thanks to the debut version of Apple's M1 silicon, fans of desktop Apple computing have been waiting for a more hardcore version of the small aluminum-enclosed box. Q new rumor by a known Apple leaker suggests that major changes are coming to the Mac mini 2022.
According to reliable Apple leaker Dylandkt (opens in new tab) on Twitter, as reported by Apple Insider (opens in new tab), the 2022 version of the Mac mini could see significant design changes. The most important addition figures to new chip options, namely the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips founds on the latest 2021 MacBook Pro models.
"A new design is coming," claimed Dylandkt when replying to a user on Twitter (opens in new tab). Per past rumors, this supposed redesign could be thinner (opens in new tab) and have increased port selection (opens in new tab).
Dylandkt also claims that fans should expect a 5G iPhone SE 3 and a new iPad Air in the coming months. The Twitter user also alluded to the 2022 iMac Pro, one that will sport Apple's most powerful silicon. Dylandkt also notes issues with supply constraints and production, meaning these items might be hard to come by at launch. Another major bit of intel from Dylandkt suggests that Apple is working on an even more powerful version of its M1 Max chip, one with a 12-core CPU (opens in new tab). The current M1 Max is a 10-core CPU.
According to Apple Track (opens in new tab), a website that tracks the reliability percentage of Apple insiders, Dylandkt sits at No. 7 with a 77.5% accuracy rating out of 40 rumors. Tom's Guide has not been able to independently verify Dylandkt's claims.
Dylandkt gave no indication as to a released date for this Mac Mini 2022. But the Spring Apple event would be a likely candidate for a new product reveal. There, rumors suggest Apple will also unveil the iMac Pro and iPhone 3 SE, likely with 5G support. Whether these claims live up to all the rumor and speculation remains to be seen.
For the Apple Spring event, We will be receiving the Mac Mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max, a new 5G iPhone SE, and a new iPad Air. iMac Pro is still on track currently for a release in the spring. Yet, I have heard there are still concerns with regards to production.January 23, 2022