The Apple Mac Mini 2022 may not have the greatest buzz, standing in the shadow of the Mac Studio on one side and the 2022 MacBook Air on the other, but Apple’s mini desktop PC has legions of fans, and they all have the WWDC in the eye 2022 on June 6th this week.
It’s been almost two years since the Apple Mac Mini (M1) was unveiled in November 2020, and since then it’s continued to impress us as one of the best computers out there – especially for the more everyday casual user. In many ways it’s the perfect desktop complement to the Apple MacBook Air (M1), and we’re eagerly awaiting a new update this week that could introduce the new Apple M2 chip into the mix.
Despite its small stature and somewhat limited hardware configurations, the 2020 Mac Mini hasn’t been an issue when it comes to performance and has held its own against the best processors on the market in 2020 and is a particularly good alternative to the pricier 2021 iMac 24-inch desktop all-ins -One that is also available at a higher price.
But that was all in the pre-Intel Alder Lake era, and Team Blue’s impressive new silicon definitely gives Apple and AMD stiff competition, so the 2022 Mac Mini would be a great way for Apple to get back into the fray for the everyday consumer , especially those looking for cheaper upgrades than those offered elsewhere.
So, do we expect to see the new 2022 Mac Mini at WWDC on June 6th? We sure hope so, and not just to get our hands on the new Apple M2 chip it’s expected to run with. Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about this fan-favorite device.
Will the Mac Mini be at WWDC in 2022?
Rumors about the latest Mac mini started in July 2021, but we haven’t seen any real updates from Apple regarding its existence. We know the Mac mini will be powered by an Apple silicon processor at announcement – hopefully a brand new M2 chip. The Mac mini 2022 may not have been at Apple’s “Peek Performance” event in March, but there’s still a chance it will show up at Apple’s global developer conference in June.
Given his absence from the March event, it would make sense that Apple would start with the unveiling of the Mac mini in 2022 (and Macbook Air 2022) at WWDC 2022, as rumor has it that both products will use the yet-to-be-announced M2 chip. This theory is further bolstered by the recent laptop rumor that Apple is testing a range of new Macs powered by the next-gen M2, including the Mac mini.
However, there is a small chance that the Mac Mini 2022 will fail due to a another rumor from March The new Mac Mini won’t have any form factor redesigns and won’t appear until 2023. We’re hoping he’ll make an appearance at WWDC 2022, but we won’t be surprised if he skips the event after all.
Apple Mac Mini (2022): In a nutshell
- What is it? Apple’s next-generation mini PC
- when is it out Expected to be late 2022 or 2023, but an announcement may be made at WWDC 2022 on June 6th.
- What will it cost? Unknown but likely similar to current pricing (from $699 / £699 / AU$1,099)
Apple Mac Mini 2022: Latest News and Rumors
April 15: Apple is testing a slew of new Macs powered by its next-generation M2 chip — including a new Mac Mini.
April 14: A firmware update for Apple’s new Studio Display references a product marked as Macmini10,1, This is apparently a model ID that is not used for any of the existing Mac product lines.
March 13: Boring! Respected and (usually very well-informed) Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the upcoming Mac Mini will keep the existing form factor – and will be released in 2023. 🙁
March 09: At its spring Peek Performance event, Apple introduced a new M1 Ultra chipset, the iPad Air 2022, the iPhone SE 2022, the snazzy Mac Studio and more! But unfortunately no Mac Mini.
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March 04: With an Apple event just around the corner, a lot of attention is being paid to the rumors about new MacBooks, iPads and iPhones. But a new M2-powered Mac Mini could be the star of the show, writes TechRadar’s John Loeffler.
21st of February: Seven new Mac models will launch in 2022, says Mark Gurman, all of which will come with some version of Apple’s silicon processors. Including a new Mac Mini.
August 23, 2021: Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests the M1X Mac mini could launch “in the next few months.” Could that mean Apple has a big announcement event planned for September?
July 8, 2021: A new Mac Mini is set to accompany two MacBook Pros in late 2021, a leaker wrote, all equipped with the M1X, Apple’s rumored successor to the M1 chip.
Apple Mac Mini 2022: release date and price
The Apple Mac Mini (2022) hasn’t even been announced yet, so there’s no official release date that we can confirm. The last Mac Mini (M1) was released in late 2020, so based on Apple’s typical 18-24 product release cadence, we expected it to be announced at the March 2022 event, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. However, it’s still likely that we could see it announced before the end of the year if Apple has plans to release an M2 SoC.
The 2020 models of both products were announced at the same time and both feature the M1 chip. There are also plenty of rumors that the 13-inch MacBook Pro won’t undergo a major redesign, which could be reserved for a new MacBook Air unveiling later this year.
If that’s true, then it might make sense to announce the Mac Mini with M2 alongside the 13-inch MacBook Pro, since there’s a lot less excitement about a Mac Mini redesign than a MacBook.
After all, announcing two new M2-powered devices that don’t feature any major redesigns is better than announcing just the one, and if the Mini only received internal improvements, swapping out the M1 for the M2 would make mass production much easier.
More recent rumors from well-placed sources suggest that Apple may have decided to push the 2022 Mac Mini back to 2023 – and if that turns out to be the case, we’ll have to stop calling it the 2022 Mac Mini.
Apple Mac Mini 2022: Design
One of the main advantages of the Mac Mini is its size, which is perfect for those who need a home PC but don’t want a large PC case or an all-in-one computer like the latest iMac. But will that change?
There has been a lot of talk about the possible redesign of Apple’s MacBook Air (2022) as well as the lack of a redesign for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Which side of things do we expect the Mac Mini to come down on?
Unfortunately, it’s a hard question to answer: with less interest in redesigning the Mac Mini, there’s less incentive for Apple to redesign the Mac Mini. However, one of the reasons the lack of a redesign for the 13-inch MacBook Pro makes a lot of sense is that after this year the 13-inch MacBook Pro may be phased out in favor of the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021). .
If you keep releasing a product and we don’t expect the Mac Mini to be discontinued anytime soon, then it’s almost certain that it will need a redesign (though nothing major) to match other Mac products, viz the iMac and probably the MacBook Air and the 14-inch MacBook Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The rumor mill has gone both ways on this, but previous leaks suggesting a form factor change was on the horizon have since been shot down by other sources. We’ll have to wait and see what the Mac Mini 2022 looks like.
Apple Mac Mini 2022: Specifications and Performance
There’s not much we can say specifically about the Mac Mini’s specs without knowing the Apple chip it’s running on, but we expect it to share the same 8GB/16GB of unified memory configuration options, with a 256GB SSD all the way up to a 2TB SSD.
We also expect the number and type of ports to stay more or less the same, but we’re hoping for an upgrade to USB-C Thunderbolt 4 from the existing Thunderbolt 3. The same goes for upgrades in the form of HDMI 2.1 and a DisplayPort 1.4 output, but with Thunderbolt 4, those ports might not be necessary anyway, so they might get the ax with a new Mac Mini.
That might shift up our list of the best monitors for the Mac mini, but something tells us it’s not a big deal for Apple.
Things can get interesting with the chips that power the new device.
There are rumors that we’ll not only see an M2-powered Mac Mini, but possibly an M1 Pro and even an outside chance of an M1 Max-powered Mac Mini.
Those latter two are aimed more at professionals than home PCs, but the possibility could give the Mac Mini a much broader appeal, especially as it could allow consumers of all stripes to access the performance of an M1 Pro and M1 Max at a more affordable point than you would get with a MacBook Pro.