American tech giant Apple is working on a more powerful version of the Mac mini that would share the company’s silicon chip with the next generation Macbook Pro, claims a report from Bloomberg. The foregoing Mac mini The model should also be equipped with additional Thunderbolt connectivity ports.
The Mac mini with the code name ‘J374’ is said to have been developed as a high-end M1 chip Model that would have an upgraded M1 chip with a 10 core CPU, 8 of which would be high performance cores and 2 of which would be energy efficient cores, the same chip supposed to power the next generation MacBook Professional. According to the report, the new, more powerful M1 chip could support up to 64GB of memory compared to the present version, which can only support up to 16GB.
In terms of the additional connectivity ports, the new Mac mini is expected to have a total of four Thunderbolt ports. Apple is adding two more ports to the newer generation of Mac mini.
With the new high-end Mac mini, another line of Apple products would have fully embraced the M1 chip if the rumors were true, marking the tech giant’s steady progress toward self-dependency. With full reliance on the M1 chip, it is very likely that the Intel mini Mac mini will be phased out of production in the future. The company currently has an entry-level Mac mini with the M1 chip with an octa-core CPU and an octa-core GPU in two SSD storage variants: 256 GB and 512 GB. It also has a high-end model powered by a 3.0 GHz Intel Core i5 hexa-core processor with Intel UHD Graphics 630 and 512 GB of storage.