M1X Mac mini will be thinner, use iMac’s magnetic power connector, leaker says

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The next version of the Mac mini may have more than a spec bump, with published renderings describing a thinner model using the same magnetic power connection as the 24in iMac.

For the first version of the Apple Silicon Mac mini, Apple decided to reuse its tried and tested design for the Mac, but with new internal components. For the next version, Apple could make major changes to the compact computer, as well as use the “M1X” chip.

In renderings based on rumors shared by leaker Jon Prosser, Apple will take advantage of the small size of the internal components of the Apple Silicon Mac mini to refine the case. The result is a shorter Mac mini that appears to have the same desktop footprint as previous models.

On the back, Apple will apparently continue to offer a wide range of ports, including four USB 4-Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A connections, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI. The circular magnetic power connection, the same one used on the 24-inch iMac, joins the list.

The use of the magnetic connector could also indicate Apple’s use of an external power brick for the Mac mini, rather than internalizing it. If that’s true, it looks like Apple could have taken a similar move to the iMac by putting the Gigabit Ethernet connection on the powerbrick, saving a bit more space on the back of the Mac mini itself.

The chassis will not only be thinner, but it will also be redesigned to have aluminum sides but a “plexiglass type” top panel. The color options may be on their way, as they have apparently been “tested” by Apple.

The usual circular base of the Mac mini would be replaced by a pair of rubber bands. The vent, which is usually located on the back panel near the ports, has been moved to the base.

The so-called “M1X” “M1X” chip was a 12-core processor with a 16-core graphics processor, instead of the 8-core processor and 7 or 8-core graphics processor of the M1. . The chip is also expected to use up to 16GB of memory, have 256 threads instead of the M1’s 128, and could drive three displays instead of two.

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Alan A. Seibert