Today share the New Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max During a spring event in 2022, Apple is projected to unveil a new Mac mini with a complete makeover, the M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, and more ports. Here’s everything we know so far and exclusive renders of the desktop.
The Mac mini was one of the first Macs to get an M1 CPU, however, it was only in the consumer variant. Since then, Apple has continued to sell high-end Intel Mac mini models, but that is about to change.
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New Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max
There have been few rumors of a new Mac mini with pro-level processors, but reliable sources confirm a spring 2022 release date. Apart from its new case with the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors and extra Thunderbolt connections, not much else has been revealed.
The most thorough look at the revamped Mac mini so yet comes from an early leak from Jon Prosser, who has proven extremely accurate with only a few errors. He claims that the renders he published are based on blueprints that were supplied to him by an Apple insider.
The new Mac mini would have a plexiglass-like top cover, a slimmer aluminum frame, and an underside with two rubber feet for stability, according to Prosser. The vent has been relocated to the bottom, and the plastic base that formerly allowed simple access to the internals has been removed.
The Thunderbolt ports were too close together for cables to connect, and the magnetic power adapter felt out of place on a small desktop in Prosser’s design. New Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max The magnetic connector appears to be there to fix an issue with the iMac during setup. The former power connector was hidden behind the iMac’s stand and had to be inserted with force and at a precise angle, which was impossible to perform without seeing the port directly.
A magnetic connector eliminates these problems by snapping into place without the need for sight or force just by placing it near the port. The Mac mini, on the other hand, doesn’t have similar concerns, thus the port appears to be just decorative. Despite these concerns, Prosser and his render artist affirmed that the layout displayed in the leaked documents was exactly what they had in mind.
Renders show the same port configuration as revealed by Prosser’s leaks. The USB-A ports have been turned on their side, and there is more space between the ports. No other sources have confirmed Prosser’s renders, and no other information about the redesign or ports has been supplied.
Because the Mac mini doesn’t have a display, Apple may use the magnetic connector for power, but it won’t require the same 143W power supply. New Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple might employ a smaller or internal power source, making it hard to add an Ethernet connector somewhere on the power cable.
It’s also worth mentioning that Apple’s low-end iMac power supply lacks Ethernet, but the 143W is still more than plenty for the compact desktop. These factors may explain why the Mac mini render has a magnetic power supply as well as an Ethernet connector.
The absence of a headphone jack is particularly strange, given that every Mac sold now has one. Although the Mac mini includes an internal speaker, it is not designed for everyday audio applications such as music playback. The Mac mini’s headphone connector has always been convenient for connecting speakers or headphones without the need for an adaptor or dock.
The M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs will be used in the upcoming Mac mini, according to both Mark Gurman and leaker Dylandkt. Neither company has disclosed design details, but a slim new design has more ports. According to Gurman, the new Mac mini will be released alongside a new Mac Pro.