Here's everything we know about the M2 Mac mini

Here’s everything we know about the M2 Mac mini

Apple this week announced new iPad models, as well as a next-generation Apple TV 4K. However, according to recent rumors, the company has also been working on new Macs, including the next-generation Mac mini with the M2 chip. Keep reading as we detail everything we know about the new Mac mini.

The current state of the Mac mini

Mac mini is the most affordable Mac available in Apple’s lineup. It is a compact desktop computer without peripherals, because you can connect it to any keyboard, mouse and monitor. The Mac mini has become extremely popular for server-related uses due to its form factor, and it’s also a good option for people looking for their first Mac computer.

The current generation of Mac mini, also known as M1 Mac mini, was introduced in November 2020. Although the design is the same as previous models, the latest Mac mini available is powered by the M1 chip from Apple.

By default, it comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but users can customize it from Apple’s online store with up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. Interestingly, Apple still sells a Mac mini with an Intel processor that can have up to 64GB of RAM. Again, this model has likely been kept in the lineup until now as the Mac mini is a popular choice for servers.

Mac mini prices start at $699 in the US.

M2 Mac mini Rumors

The M1 Mac mini was introduced with the M1 MacBook Air and M1 MacBook Pro. While both of these MacBook models were already upgraded with the M2 chip earlier this year, the Mac mini is still awaiting an upgrade with Apple’s latest chip. And, there are plenty of rumors about the next generation of compact desktop computers from Apple.

Back in March, 9to5Mac details exclusively reported on the new Mac mini. According to our sources, Apple is working on at least two new versions of the computer. One of them, named J473, will be powered by the M2 chip with an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, just like the chip inside the 2022 MacBook Air.

As we already know, the performance gains of the M2 chip over the M1 aren’t exactly impressive. Of course, the differences will be more noticeable for those coming from older Macs or PCs with Intel processors.

But 9to5Mac also heard from sources that Apple plans to introduce a more powerful version of the Mac mini. Codenamed J474, this Mac mini will feature a faster M2 Pro chip – an as-yet-unannounced variant of the M2 with a 12-core processor. It should be the same chip to power the rumored new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

Concept M2 Mac mini.

Last year, YouTuber Jon Prosser announced that Apple would adopt a new, even more compact industrial design for this more powerful Mac mini model. It’s unclear, however, whether this new design will also come to the entry-level M2 model. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also corroborated rumors of new Mac minis with the M2 and M2 Pro chips in development.

When will it be announced?

There aren’t many details or rumors about exactly when the new M2 Mac mini will be officially announced by Apple. However, there are a few clues that point to a release later this year.

A few days ago, Gourmet claimed that Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro models “in the near future”. The reporter also briefly mentioned the new M2 Mac mini, so maybe the new Macs will be announced in November. Apple is also rumored to be planning to announce the first Mac Pro with an Apple Silicon chip soon, which means the company could hold one last special event in 2022.

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