Apple’s Mac Studio hasn’t been out long since, but there’s one more product waiting to be revamped among the company’s cheapest Mac desktop: the Mac Mini. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has uncovered a reference to an as-yet-unannounced “Macmini10.1” model identifier in a Firmware file for Studio Display. This indicates that Apple is testing a new Mac Mini and it may be available soon.
Finding an unreleased Mac mini model identifier in a Firmware file tells us very little about the machine other than the hardware being physically located at Apple. On the other hand, we can say that it should be a new generation Mac Mini instead of a revision of the current design. Apple calls the model with an Intel processor “Macmini8.1” while m uses the code “Macmini9.1” for the current Mac Mini .
Apple is expected to refresh the MacBook Air, Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro with the next-generation Apple M2 processor later this year. M1 and the full range uses the CPU architecture of 2020’s A14 codenamed “Firestorm” for performance cores and “Icestorm” for efficiency cores. M2 will likely update this architecture and add more GPU cores.
remains to be seen if the M2 will support more ports and display outputs than the M1. Older Intel-based Macs supported up to three connected displays, while the 2018 Mac mini included four Thunderbolt ports. The M1-based Mac Mini, on the other hand, dropped that back to two Thunderbolt ports. Fewer ports and display outputs probably aren’t a reason to give up on Apple’s cheapest Macs, but an M2 Mini could benefit from a wider and more flexible port selection.
Current rumors suggest that Apple may introduce new Macs in June, when it holds its annual developers conference . That said, WWDC is generally software-focused and new hardware announcements don’t happen all the time.