07 June 2022
With the launch of Mac Studio at the Peek Performance event, Apple has kicked off its 2022 Mac lineup release schedule. We will undoubtedly get to see new MacBook models later this year but as per the latest 9to5Mac report, a new Mac Mini is also part of the company's plan for the year. It says there are two different models getting prepared for the release.
The Mac mini (2022) is reported to have two models powered by M2 and M2 Pro chipsets respectively. M2 is a yet-to-be-announced processor that will succeed Apple's M1 offering from 2020. The Mac Mini model featuring this new processor is said to be codenamed J473. The chipset is internally referred to as "Staten" and is based on the latest A15 Bionic chip.
It will be an octa-core processor featuring four performances cores and four efficiency cores. These cores are reportedly codenamed Avalanche and Blizzard respectively. Apple is said to have increased the number of GPU cores to 10 this year. This should help it deliver a boost in graphics performance.
As for the Mac mini with M2 Pro chipset, it has the codename J474. This chip will simply be a slightly more powerful version of the vanilla M2. It is said to have a total of 12 cores featuring eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. Interestingly, the report reveals that Apple originally wanted to release Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max processors but decided to scrap the idea later. The exact reason for the same is unknown but is speculated to be due to Mac Studio plans.
The report further adds that the Cupertino-based tech giant does not have plans for releasing M2 Max or M2 Ultra chip for the time being. The aforementioned Mac Mini models are said to be near completion of their development cycle. It is believed that Apple will make an announcement regarding the launch date sometime later this year.