Kuo: New High-End Mac Mini Won't Arrive Until Next Year

Apple will not launch a new Mac mini until 2023, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today on Twitter, revising a previous prediction he made prior to Apple's spring event earlier this week.

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Last weekend, Kuo outlined his predictions for Apple's Mac lineup in 2022 and 2023, claiming that Apple plans to release a new high-end ‌Mac mini‌ and a 27-inch external display without mini-LED in 2022, while an Apple silicon ‌Mac Pro‌ and ‌iMac‌ Pro will not launch until 2023.

Today, however, Kuo issued an update to his original tweet to underline that he now believes Apple will launch all of these products no earlier than next year.

At the current time, the M1 ‌Mac mini‌ is sold alongside older high-end models that continue to feature Intel chips. The updated model could see Apple introduce M2 and M2 Pro chips. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also tweeted on Tuesday that Apple has M2 versions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch ‌iMac‌, and ‌Mac mini‌ in development.

The ‌M2‌ chip is expected to feature the same 8-core CPU, but with speed and efficiency improvements, along with a 9 or 10 core GPU, up from 7 or 8 cores in the ‌M1‌.

As for the ‌M2‌ Pro, we don't know full details yet, but it could feature a 12-core CPU. The current M1 Pro chip has a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, so we could also see a GPU boost. Testing on the ‌M2‌ is already underway as evidenced by references to the chip in the latest beta of macOS Monterey.

Prior rumors suggested a future ‌Mac mini‌ could get a redesign with a smaller chassis, a plexiglass like top, and two-tone color options.

For more on the ‌Mac mini‌, we have a dedicated guide that walks through all of the expected features and the release timeline.

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Top Rated Comments

LFC2020 Avatar
30 months ago
Won’t this bloke go away already, he got so much wrong during the last event. ?‍♂️
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KaliYoni Avatar
30 months ago
I think these "Pro" Macs are being held up because Apple is having supply chain problems with a new $49 Apple Polishing Cloth Pro that is supposed to launch at the same time.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
30 months ago

There is I've heard a Cloth Mk 2 being tested right now. Expect it Q3 this year.
What you've heard about is the Polishing Cloth Ultra; it's basically two cloths joined together for double the cleaning power.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
30 months ago
Well respected, Mr. Kuo has spoken! ?️

I don't think Apple is worried about the Mac mini. The sales alone for Mac Studio will cover up for it. It also sounds like M2 either is delayed or there is a chip shortage happening.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
30 months ago

The only thing I can think is that there is a market for them still, or, they have a large inventory of those chips/sku’s they are dumping. If they weren’t selling then I guess Apple wouldn’t be stocking them.
Developers. Just because Mac has switched to Apple Silicon doesn't mean the entire software industry turns on a dime.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
30 months ago

I can imagine they won't upgrade the Mac Mini to M2 until they also upgrade the Mac Studio to prevent a powerful Mini cannibalizing the cheapest Studio. And since they won't release the updated Mac Studio until next year, the Mini will also be released later.
I would bet the M2 mac mini will still be limited in terms of RAM capacity and external display support/GPU, and also less performance cores. The segmentation is very clear now (with a huge gap between them). People who need a Mac Studio won't be confused with an M2 Mac mini.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)