Apple's massive Mac mini upgrade may not be ready until 2023

Apple’s massive Mac mini upgrade may not be ready until 2023

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Mac mini's next refresh is coming, just not in a hurry.
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Apple’s next major refresh for Mac mini may not come until 2023, according to the latest claims from one analyst, who has proven reliable in the past.

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities this week revised his predictions for the next-generation compact desktop, which he previously expected to see this year. It could now launch alongside the first Mac Pro with Apple silicon.

Mac mini’s next big refresh will have to wait

We half expected Apple to unveil a new “high-end” Mac mini with an improved Apple silicon chipset at its Peek Performance event on Tuesday. However, it now seems as though that machine was in fact Mac Studio.

But Mac mini isn’t going anywhere. It will remain an important part of Apple’s lineup as a more affordable alternative to its most powerful desktops, and it will (eventually) see a refresh that’s likely to bring an even better M-series chipset.

Kuo, who previously predicted that would come this year, this week changed that forecast.

2023 could bring new Mac mini, Mac Pro, iMac Pro

Kuo replied to his original tweet that said a “more powerful Mac mini” would come in 2022 to change the date to 2023. He also expects a new Mac Pro, the likely to be the first with Apple silicon, and a new iMac Pro to come next year.

These predictions contradict recent claims from 9to5Mac, which reported on Wednesday that Apple is planning a Mac mini with “M2” and “M2 Pro” chipsets that will launch in 2022. The machine is “nearing completion,” it said.

It also somewhat contradicts a report from DSCC analyst Ross Young — who has also been great at predicting Apple’s moves — which suggested Apple chose to launch Mac Studio and Studio Display over a larger iMac replacement.

Exciting days ahead for the Mac

Whatever the case may be, it’s a great time to be a Mac user. Cupertino has already blown us away with its first Apple silicon chipsets — and the incredibly promising Mac Studio — and it seems it’s only going to get better.

It will be interesting to see what direction Apple takes with Mac Pro now that Mac Studio is here (and even faster than the fastest Mac Pro available today).