According to a new leak, the next version of Apple’s ARM-powered Mac Mini may be delayed until 2022. According to reports, Apple is working on a new M1X chipset, which is an improved version of the current M1 chip found in the 2020 Macbooks and Mac Mini, as well as the 2021 iPad Pro. It’s unclear whether the M1X will be Apple’s only ARM-based chip in the future, or if the company will have multiple variants of its ARM-based chip powering laptops and PCs.
The next version of the Mac Mini has been delayed due to “marketing reasons,” according to the leak from @LeaksApplePro, which doesn’t tell us much about the reasons for the delay. Of course, one of the reasons could be the global chip shortage that has plagued the industry since late last year. The shortage has already impacted Apple’s ability to produce iPhones and other devices, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Mac Minis are affected as well.
Furthermore, a delay in the release of a new Mac Mini will not be an industry-wide anomaly. Historically, Apple hasn’t upgraded the Mac Mini as frequently as it has the iPad, iPhone, or Macbook. Even the larger iMacs have gotten faster upgrades than the Mac Minis.
According to previous reports, the Mac Mini could be released in the fourth quarter of 2021. In October or November of next year, the device was expected to hit global markets.
According to reports, the M1X chip has 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores, making it more powerful than the M1. However, it does not specify how much more powerful that chip will be, implying that an upgrade may be unnecessary. Apple’s PCs are known for lasting far longer than their competitors, so it’s possible that a new ARM chip won’t make much of a difference.
Apple’s decision to use ARM chips in its PC products sparked speculation about how it might help the company’s devices evolve in the future. As a result, many people are expecting faster updates until the company decides on new form factors and features that were previously unavailable.