The news: In the firmware for the newly introduced Studio Display, there are references to an unreleased Mac mini, according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith (not yet tracked).
- In the Studio Display’s firmware, Apple name-drops a device under the codename, “Macmini10,1” (which is a model that doesn’t currently exist)
- According to Mark Gurman (86.4% accurate) Apple will release two new Macs in the middle of this year, and it’s possible the Mac mini could be one of those
- Troughton-Smith speculates that this device will ship with an M2 chip, rather than an M1 Pro
- Sources can’t seem to agree on the design of the device: Jon Prosser (69% accurate) believes that the Mac mini will have a new formfactor design with a glass top, ultra-thin design, and a ton of ports…but Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate) believes that it will have an unchanged design
Ian’s Take: I’m starting to think that both Kuo and Prosser are right about the Mac mini. It could be that the M2 Mac mini has the same form factor design, while the Mac mini “Pro” has the new design. That makes sense to me, but then I think about the recently released Mac Studio. Where does this “Pro” Mac mini sit in the lineup? Hopefully, we can clear this confusion as we near WWDC.