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Apple is working on updated versions of the Mac mini, and at least one of the Mac mini machines in the works is likely to replace the Intel version of the Mac mini that Apple is still selling today. Apple replaced the entry-level Mac mini with an M1 version in 2020, and the company is nearly ready for a refresh of the Mac mini line.

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In March 2022, Apple introduced the Mac Studio, which is a hybrid between the Mac mini and the Mac Pro, but the continued existence of Intel models and rumors of a refresh suggest that the Mac mini is not being phased out of Apple's product lineup. This guide includes everything that we know about the Mac mini refresh.

Design

Rumors suggest that Apple might tweak the design of the next-generation Mac mini, but we don't know exactly what it will look like just yet.

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The current M1 Mac mini​

Leaker Jon Prosser, who has somewhat of a mixed track record when it comes to predicting Apple's plans, provided details on what he believes the new Mac mini will look like. He says the new Mac mini will have a plexiglass-like top that will sit over the aluminum enclosure, and that the overall size could be smaller than the current Mac mini.

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Prosser provided renders, but it's worth noting that this design is not quite accurate when it comes to port layout because there would not be so little space between USB-C ports.

Though some rumors have indicated the next-generation version of the Mac mini will see a redesign, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo does not believe that Apple will make design updates to the machine. Kuo said it is likely to continue to use the same form factor as the current model.

Colors

The Mac mini could feature a two-tone design instead of one single color, and it could potentially come in colors other than space gray or silver, much like the 24-inch iMac. Color options have not yet been confirmed, so Apple could just stick to the standard Mac mini shades.

Ports

Apple's new Mac mini is said to be equipped with four Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI port, along with the same magnetic charging cable used for the 24-inch iMac.

Apple Silicon Chips

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is developing new Mac mini models with M2 and M2 Pro chips. The M2 chip features an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU, and the M2 Pro will be even more powerful.

Launch Date

The next Mac mini is expected to launch at some point in 2023, likely early in the year. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman initially said that the Mac mini could be refreshed in 2022, but he later said that Apple has decided to wait until 2023 to introduce new Macs. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that Apple won't release an updated model until 2023.

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Article Link: Apple's Next Mac Mini Refresh: Everything We Know
 
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Merlin100

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Please, please, please allow 4, 6 or even 8TB of internal flash storage...It's such a great mini server...having a ton of internal storage would be great..so an external can be a backup, not the primary like we have had to do for so many years...
 

BuffaloTF

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Hmmm. Buy this or wait for an iMac?

That’s the hard part for me as well. I have a monitor, but will that iMac also have a better one than I do now? If it’s a reasonable separation between what the Mini costs vs what I’d have to pay to upgrade the monitor, it may be the winner. But on the other hand, separating the two allows me to upgrade independently and on their own schedules.
 

brofkand

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Please, please, please allow 4, 6 or even 8TB of internal flash storage...It's such a great mini server...having a ton of internal storage would be great..so an external can be a backup, not the primary like we have had to do for so many years...

The only question then is do you need all of that storage on the expensive (and really fast) Apple SSD. Or can it work just as well on slower/cheaper USB or network attached storage?
 

Populus

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I just hope for two things to be true with the new Mac mini: a bit more lighter, and thinner/smaller, and more importantly, to be able to buy a second power supply (I’m assuming the power supply will be external) to have it on a second place. That way it would be easy to carry my Mac from place A to place B
 

greenbreadmmm

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So with the 2 month delays for MAX chips are we expecting a March announcement and April pre orders?

Been waiting soo long for this computer to release! Can not wait!!
 
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kalsta

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along with the same magnetic charging cable used for the 24-inch iMac.
Wait, wouldn’t it be a power cable? There’s no battery to charge, right? That makes a magnetic cable (which could pop out fairly easily) kind of pointless here doesn’t it? It’s not like the iMac, which requires such a design because of its absurdly thin profile.
 
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