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Higher-end Mac Mini reportedly landing ‘in the next several months’

Apple is planning a brand new mannequin of the Mac Mini that may change the pro-focused Intel-based mannequin it nonetheless sells, in keeping with Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman’s Energy On e-newsletter. A “high-end, M1X Mac Mini” is anticipated “in the next several months,” and is alleged to have “an up to date design and extra ports than the present mannequin.”

Apple launched a Mac Mini with its own M1 processor late final yr, however that mannequin was supposed as a alternative 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, solely certainly one of which can be utilized for an exterior show, though a second monitor can nonetheless be connected over HDMI.

If the “M1X” nomenclature is correct, it will counsel that the new mannequin makes use of the similar era CPU cores as the M1 (and the A14 Bionic chip utilized in the iPhone 12), however achieves higher efficiency by having extra CPU and GPU cores throughout a bigger chip. That was Apple’s strategy to designing the “X” processors for earlier iPad fashions.

The present M1 Mac Mini is a good pc, however it does have its limitations for professional use, and there’s a way that its design — just about unchanged since 2010 — might use an overhaul. Gurman has talked about the prospect of a brand new Mac Mini before, and he now appears surer than ever that it’s truly taking place.

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