Apple is going to have a very, very busy fall.
This is according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who shared some of the expected specs for the device in his Power On newsletter on Sunday.
According to Gurman, the next Mac mini will have Apple’s upcoming M1X processor — the same one that upcoming MacBooks are getting. It will also have more ports than the current model, as well as a different design.
The Mac mini was among the first Apple computers to come with Apple’s in-house M1 chip. Like other M1 machines, it was praised for being fast and quiet, but it was a little low on ports (it only had two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack), and it couldn’t support more than 16GB of RAM. It also only let you connect two monitors, and even then you had to connect one via Thunderbolt and the other via HDMI. Hopefully these issues are resolved in the updated version this fall.
According to Gurman, the new Mac mini with the M1X processor also means that the model with an Intel processor, which Apple still has in its lineup, is going away.
It’s unclear when, exactly, Apple plans to launch the new Mac mini. Gurman says “next several months,” and MacRumors speculates that the company might hold another Apple silicon-focused event, just like it did last November.