When Apple launched the first Macs with its own M1 silicon inside (the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini), they were essentially identical to the Intel models they replaced, aside from the new processor of course. . But there have been plenty of rumors that Apple will be working on major revamps to its laptops soon, and the company has already released a brand new iMac with Apple silicon inside. Now, it looks like the Mac mini will get a big refresh soon.
The two 9to5Mac and MacRumors quote a Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman newsletter that says a redesigned Mac mini with an “M1X” chip is expected to arrive in “the next few months.” The M1X has not been announced, but it has been a shortcut for about a year for a chip capable of outperforming the M1 that Apple currently offers.
In addition to the new internals, Apple is also expected to redesign the Mac mini and add more ports to the small desktop. This Mac mini could be more geared towards power users and will also likely cost more than the current models that Apple offers, so it seems likely that the company will keep the M1 model as a more basic and affordable option.
In addition to the Mac mini, Apple is also expected to introduce completely redesigned MacBook Pro models this fall, also featuring the more powerful M1X chip. It also looks like Apple could also take the multi-color approach it brought to the iMac earlier this year.