When Apple first announced its M1 processor, the first system to feature the chip was a Mac Mini, which was sold as a development kit so software makers can make the transition to arm over x86. Now, it looks like we'll be getting an upgraded Mac Mini within the next few months, featuring a newer Apple processor.
According to Apple-focused journalist, Mark Gurman (via The Verge), a “high-end M1X Mac Mini” is expected to launch “in the next several months” with an updated design.
Currently, Apple is only shipping systems with the M1 processor, so the M1X should be a newer version with better efficiency and performance. The nomenclature follows on from Apple's series of iPhone processors, which typically are refreshed with an ‘X' model every other year.
If Apple is going to launch a new Mac Mini, it will likely be announced in October, alongside a few other Mac products.
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KitGuru Says: We've been expecting a more powerful Apple processor for months, but it looks like we'll be waiting a little bit longer for official announcements.