Apple has delayed the release of the new Mac mini until 2023 and not between spring and the last months of this year, reports analyst Ming Chi-Kuo.
A few days ago, Kuo had said that a high-end Mac mini would be available by the end of the year but has now revised his predictions stating that this model, along with the Apple Silicon Mac Pro and iMac Pro, will not launch until 2023.
The high-end Mac mini model expected next year will replace the Intel version currently on sale and integrate an M2 or M2 Pro chip. It will feature Apple M2 chip with the same 8-core CPU, but with speed and efficiency improvements, with a 9-core or 10-core GPU, compared to 7 or 8 cores in the M1.
As for the M2 Pro, the full details remain are not known yet, but it may feature a 12-core CPU. The current M1 Pro chip has a 10-core CPU, a 16-core GPU, and we can expect a GPU upgrade. Internal tests on the M2 are already underway, as evidenced by references to the chip in the latest beta of macOS Monterey.
Kuo also predicts that, in 2023, the new Mac Pro and iMac Pro integrated with Apple Silicon chips will also be launched. As for the 27-inch iMac, Apple confirmed that the machine has “reached the end of its life cycle.”
Currently, users can choose the Mac Studio option with its 27-inch Display Studio, waiting for some news for 2023 in the form of iMac Pro with a design very similar to the current iMac M1.
It means that this may lead to the end of the 27-inch iMac brand, permanently replaced by two alternatives: Mac Studio + Studio Display or Mac Pro 2023 Apple Silicon.