Apple’s M1 Mac Mini is one of the best ways in the Apple Silicon ecosystem, as it offers outstanding performance similar to the MacBook Pro for a fraction of the price. According to a new report by leaker John Proser, it is going to get even better. Not only will the new Mac Mini be produced with an entirely new chip – possibly dubbed the M1X – but it will also get a new, slimmer redesign.
Let’s start with Chip. As we mentioned above, the current Mac Mini comes with an Apple-designed M1 chip. Its CPU has four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, while the GPU comes with eight cores.
Prosser says that the M1X Mac Mini will take it to the next level. Its CPU will be equipped with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, while there will be GPU options with 16 or 32 cores. This could be a major upgrade over the current model, and Bloomberg backs up previous reports by reporter Mark Gurman.
Prosser’s report also touched on the appearance of the new Mac Mini. Since it no longer needs a beefy thermal architecture to cool its super-efficient Apple silicon chip, Prosser says the device will shrink in height. It will also remove the large, circular black area at the bottom, replacing it with a smaller vent slot and two rubber strips that are under the new 24-inch iMac.
At the rear, Apple is set to 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 previous Intel-based Mac Mini. Also, Prosser believes that Apple will add the magnetic charging plug that we first saw in the new iMac.
At the top, Apple will replace the aluminum lid with “plexiglass-like material”. The idea is somewhat reminiscent of the old Power Mac G4 Cube of the 2000s, in which a small metal computer was paired with a plexiglass section. Given that Apple is clearly in a retro mood as reflected by the colorful new iMac, the comparison seems appropriate.
Finally, Prosser claimed that Apple is experimenting with adding color to the new Mac Mini, although whether or not it will appear in the final product is unknown. The Mac Mini is a pro-level device unlike consumer-grade MacBook Air and iMac, so bright colors are unlikely, but silver and space gray combinations may be possible.
This is a major change to Apple’s smallest Mac. Prosser did not mention when it might appear, but since he has claimed that Apple will introduce new hardware at this year’s WWDC event (including a new MacBook Pro), it may be time to look.