15 September 2021
Apple reportedly has a new Mac mini underworks that will be more powerful than the current-gen offering. The report is coming from Mark Gurman who shared details in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter. He further shared information about Apple's plans for in-display Touch ID technology which is also said to be under testing.
Starting with the next-gen Mac mini, Apple is working on the version powered by its own M1X chipset. This will mark the shift from Intel's processors to its custom-made chips. There will also be noteworthy design changes that will make it stand apart from the current-generation product. The number of ports has also been increased on the newer version. The launch is expected to happen in the coming months but a specific timeline is unknown.
Here is what Gurman said in the newsletter,
"Last fall, as part of its trio of initial Macs to transition over to Apple Silicon chips, the company updated the older Mac mini design with the M1 processor. The Mac mini is used for more basic tasks like video streaming, but many people use it as a software development machine, as a server, or for their video editing needs. Apple knows that, so it kept the Intel model around. Well, expect that to go away in the next several months with a high-end, M1X Mac mini. It will have an updated design and more ports than the current model."
Apple is further reported to have been testing in-display Touch ID technology. It has been long since the company ditched using Touch ID on iPhones and replaced it with Face ID facial recognition tech. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to wear a mask resulted in people starting to miss Touch ID again.
Gurman says while Touch ID has been tested in-display, there are no signs that it would arrive with the iPhone 13 lineup. He adds that Apple's ultimate focus is on Face ID. The only major difference he expects to see in the future is Face ID getting integrated within the display panels.