According to 9to5Mac’s Filipe Espósito, Apple’s next Mac mini refresh will be powered by the computer maker’s next M2 and M2 Pro chip, the next generation of the current M1 Apple Silicon chip.
“Codenamed J473, the new Mac mini will be powered by the M2 chip, which is Apple’s next-generation entry-level chip for Macs and iPads,” says 9to5Mac.
M2 is known internally at Apple as “Staten, based on Apple’s existing A15 chip, while M1 is based on the A14 Bionic. The next M2 chip will include an 8-core CPU (equally weighted between performance and efficiency cores), but include an upgraded 10-core GPU.
Codenames for the performance cores are “Avalanche” and the “Blizzard” for the efficiency cores.
9to5Mac says an existing Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options were planned by Apple, according to its sources, but the idea was likely overtaken by the new Mac Studio.
On the eve of Apple’s March event this week, 9to5Mac correctly reported the next iPad Air would include an M1 chip, and not A15 Bionic.