Apple is testing the new Mac mini with M3 chip

Next month, Apple is set to hold a launch event to unveil the iPhone 15 series and Apple Watch Series 9, followed by a potential additional event in either October or November, highlighting the new M3 chip. With the advent of these new products, Apple is vigorously testing new Mac models.

According to Wccftech, the inaugural devices to feature the M3 chip are expected to be the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the redesigned MacBook Air, with the Mac mini model notably absent from the list. Recent logs from third-party developers have recorded the appearance of multiple Macs equipped with M3 series chips, including:

  • – M3 edition 13-inch MacBook Air
  • – M3 edition 15-inch MacBook Air
  • – M3 edition 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • – M3 edition 24-inch iMac
  • – M3 Pro/M3 Max edition 14/16-inch MacBook Pro
  • – M3 edition Mac mini

Next year, Apple will introduce more premium MacBook Pro models and a new Mac mini. However, the possibility of a preemptive release of the M3 edition Mac mini this year, followed by the M3 Pro version next year, is not excluded. As per the latest reports, both M3 and M2 possess up to 8 cores, comprising 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, along with a GPU of up to 10 cores. They also support a maximum of 24GB of unified memory. The basic Mac mini is likely to retain 8GB of memory, although the version currently under testing utilizes 24GB.

Since all M3 series chips will be fabricated using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) 3nm process, they offer not only enhanced CPU and GPU performance but also extended battery life. Rumor has it that the battery longevity of the MacBook Pro models equipped with M3 chips could increase by 1 to 2 hours.