23 Aug 2021
More ports with great specifications and an updated design
Apple is planning a new model of the Mac Mini that will replace the pro-focused Intel-based model. Apple released a Mac Mini with its own M1 processor late last year, but that model was intended as a replacement for the entry-level machines, and consequently had fewer ports than the higher-end Intel version introduced in 2018. The M1 Mini has two fewer Thunderbolt ports, only one of which can be used for an external display, although a second monitor can still be hooked up over HDMI. If the “M1X” nomenclature is accurate, it would suggest that the new model uses the same generation CPU cores as the M1 (and the A14 Bionic chip used in the iPhone 12), but achieves better performance by having more CPU and GPU cores across a larger chip. The current M1 Mac Mini is a great computer, but it does have its limitations for pro use and it definitely required and overhaul. This fall, Apple plans to launch several products like the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, a new iPad, new AirPods, and new MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch models.