According to relevant media reports
, Apple did develop a Mac mini with the M1 Pro version which was originally planned to be launched late last year or early this year, but in the end, it seems to have decided to give up, so now the Mac mini will still have an Intel x86 processor version. It is understood that Apple will replace it with the M2 and M2 Pro, while the Mac mini will be updated later than originally planned.
The last time Apple updated the Mac mini was in November 2020, replacing the original Intel Core i3 processor with the M1 chip, although the higher-positioned models still carry the Core i5 processor. There has been news that Apple will replace it with a higher-performance self-developed chip, and even a new design. However, it seems that Apple is not in a hurry to update the Mac mini product line, and the launch of the Mac Studio has also squeezed the position of the high-end Mac mini model to some extent.
In addition to the Mac mini, the last obstacle on Apple’s road to self-development is the Mac Pro. After all, with the performance of the existing M series and the positioning of the Mac mini, it is not difficult to replace the Intel processor. However, the Xeon processor currently used in the Mac Pro still has very strong performance, and Apple needs to work harder to replace it with self-developed chips.