When Apple introduced the new Mac Studio mini-desktop with a choice of Apple M1 Max or M1 Ultra processors, the company also teased an upcoming Mac Pro refresh. One thing the company didn’t mention? A new Mac Mini.

But rumor has it that  Apple could introduce one as soon as this June. And according to the folks at 9to5Mac, it could be among the first devices powered by Apple’s new M2 and M2 Pro processors.

Apple doesn’t typically forecast upcoming products very far in advance, but it makes sense for the company to let us know that a new Mac Pro is on the way. Right now the Mac Studio is the most powerful computer in Apple’s desktop lineup, but that likely will not be the case later this year when the Mac Pro arrives. So the company wants to reassure potential customers that the Mac Studio is not a Mac Pro replacement, but rather a new category of computer altogether.

As for the Mac Mini? There’s less reason for the company to pre-announce any updates. So we’ll probably have to wait for Apple’s next hardware launch event to find out if 9to5Mac’s sources are correct.

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  1. It makes sense for Apple to stay tight-lipped about any M2 products, because it seems that Apple now has the ability to refresh the specs of their products on a more regular basis. In the past, a Mac Mini would only refresh it’s CPU after years of customers begging Apple to update it.

    Now that they are using Apple Silicon, and they are far ahead, the last thing Apple needs is their customer base constantly holding off their purchases in anticipation of the next generation right around the corner. Apple needs purchases now, they need to pay off all the R&D they are pumping into Apple Silicon.

    I’m willing to bet that the M2 chip is only going to be a very minor improvement over the M1, and Apple will likely only make leaps in performance in specific variations, like an M2 Pro, or M2 Max, etc. Too much of a leap in performance in the M2 chip will require deep discounts on past M1 products (products that are still leading the pack, and would be instant buys for anyone). If Apple slashes prices of M1 products too deeply, nobody will buy Mac products at launch.

  2. I wish they wouldn’t screw up the mouse button and key bindings I’m used to from browsers, Dolphin, and QT Tab bar.
    But I really doubt they’ll be consistent.