A more powerful M2 Pro Mac Mini could be coming soon

Rumors of a more powerful Mac Mini have long been rumored, and according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurmanit could even include the upcoming M2 Pro chip.

Gurman said Apple is preparing to launch an M2 Mac Mini and an M2 Pro Mac Mini, which we assume Apple will call the Mac Mini Pro. The compact PC also retains its iconic boxy design.

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“Expect a Mac Mini refresh with both M2 and M2 Pro options,” Gurman wrote in the Power On newsletter. “I also don’t believe the machine will be getting a major redesign anytime soon.”

Apple’s new M2 chip will power the updated Mac Mini, while the Pro version will include an unreleased M2 Pro chip with eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. This M2 Pro will, we assume, have significantly improved graphics over the M2 with additional GPU cores.

According to Gurman, Apple has been working on an M1 Pro Mac Mini since 2020. It was due to launch last year or early this year, but Gurman’s sources told him an M1 Pro-powered Mac Mini is “now off the table.” That makes sense, because the follow-up chip is already available in the wild in both the M2 MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13-inch.

9to5Mac confirmed Gurman’s sources and added the codenames for the new minis: J473 refers to the M2 Mac Mini, while J474 refers to the upgraded Mac Mini with an M2 Pro chip. Apple will not release a Mac Mini with M2 Max or Ultra chips, the website added.

The M2 Pro Mini would compete directly with Apple’s own Mac Studio, which was released just last year. 9to5Mac even added that Gurman thinks Apple will discontinue the M1-powered Studio altogether.

An M2 Pro Mac Mini is one of the rumored ones to be announced later at Apple’s fall event, usually in October or November. There will most likely be refreshed 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, as well as a refreshed M2-powered iPad Pro 11-inch.

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