Apple's M1 Mac Mini is one of the best ways into the Apple Silicon ecosystem because it offers the same great performance as the MacBook Pro for a fraction of the price. It gets even better, according to a new report from leaker Jon Prosser. Not only will the new Mac Mini come with a brand new chip – likely referred to as the M1X – but it will also come with a new, sleeker redesign.
Let's start with the chip. As mentioned above, the current Mac Mini has an M1 chip developed by Apple. The CPU has four high-performance cores and four high-performance cores, while the GPU has eight cores.
The M1X Mac Mini will take that to the next level, says Prosser. The CPU will be equipped with eight high-performance cores and two high-performance cores, while there will be GPU options with 16 or 32 cores. This could be a significant improvement over the current model and supports an earlier report by Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.
Prosser's report touched on the appearance of the new Mac Mini as well. Since it no longer needs a powerful thermal architecture to cool its super-efficient Apple silicon chip, the device will be shorter, according to Prosser. It also removes the large, circular black area at the bottom and replaces it with a small air vent and two rubber strips similar to those underneath the new 24-inch iMac.
On the back, Apple will increase the number of ports on the Mac Mini by increasing the number of Thunderbolt 3 slots from two to four. This will bring it back in line with the last Intel-based Mac Mini. Additionally, Prosser expects Apple to add the magnetic charging connector that we first saw in the new iMac.
At the top, Apple will replace the aluminum lid with a "Plexiglas-like material". This idea is somewhat reminiscent of the old Power Mac G4 Cube from 2000, which also combined a small metal computer with a plexiglass section. Given that Apple is apparently in a retro mood, as evidenced by the colorful new iMac, the comparison seems accurate.
Eventually, Prosser claimed Apple experimented with adding color to the new Mac Mini, although it is not known if this will appear in the final product. Unlike the MacBook Air and iMac for consumers, the Mac Mini is a pro-level device. Therefore, light colors are unlikely, but a combination of silver and space gray may be possible.
That's a big change for Apple's smallest Mac. Prosser didn't mention when it might come out, but since he has claimed Apple will be introducing new hardware (including a new MacBook Pro) at this year's WWDC event, this may be the time.