Apple is rumored to launch an upgraded Mac mini with the next-gen M2 silicon in 2023, but as per fresh insight coming from a reliable source, the device will feature the same design as its M1-powered predecessor. A Mac mini refresh has been a staple of the leak universe for the past few months. In May 2021, rumors emerged that Apple was planning an upgrade that would come armed with the M1X silicon. Of course, that never materialized, as Apple doesn’t have a processor with that name in its product roadmap, and neither has a Mac mini refresh arrived so far.
A few months later, another rumor claimed that the new Mac mini would debut with a better port selection comprising four Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and an Ethernet port. A fresh report popped up online in March, claiming that a Mac mini refresh with the upcoming M2 and M2 Pro chips was slated for an official unveiling in 2022. But soon after, another reliable source with a solid track record of predicting future Apple products claimed that there’s no Mac mini planned for the ongoing year.
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Now, TFI Securities analyst has Ming-Chi Kuo has tweeted that the 2023 Mac mini will likely look the same as its predecessor. Kuo recently said that he doesn’t expect a Mac mini refresh to hit the shelves in 2022. He also added that an upgraded Mac Pro and iMac Pro will only be out in 2023 as well, essentially ruling out the possibility of an upgraded version being introduced in 2022. If Kuo’s words are anything to go by, the 2023 Mac mini with an unchanged design will likely offer the same port selection, which means buyers will get a pair of Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, a pair of USB-A ports, an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
I think the new Mac mini in 2023 will likely remain the same form factor design.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 12, 2022
Contradicting Rumors From Top Sources
The latest claim from Kuo contradicts tipster Jon Prosser’s previous report that Apple’s next mini-computer might well arrive with the biggest design overhaul the series has ever seen. Prosser also shared a few alleged renders of the upcoming device, showing a plexiglass-like material on the top, and an enclosure that appears to be made out of aluminum. The renders also suggested that the new Mac mini would be significantly thinner than its M1-powered predecessor.
Prosser claimed that the next Mac mini would ditch the three-pronged power outlet in favor of a magnetic power port that is seen on the M1-powered iMac. He also said that it would be missing the headphone jack seen on its predecessor. The Mac mini has clearly been subject to several contradicting rumors, confirming that it’s too early to predict what Apple has in store for Mac updates in 2023.