Spotlight could shine on new M2-powered Mac mini at WWDC 2022

New rumors suggest that Apple will be spotlighting a new M2-powered MacBook Air at its WWDC 2022 event starting on June 6, alongside a new M2 Mac mini.

2022 Mac mini design renders (Image: Jon Prosser and RendersByIan)
2022 Mac mini design renders (Image: Jon Prosser and RendersByIan)

Matt Hanson for TechRadar:

In some respects, this isn’t too surprising, as when the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), which saw the debut of Apple’s M1 chip, launched, Apple also released a new Mac mini (M1, 2020) which also came with the M1 chip.

So, if Apple is indeed planning on releasing a new MacBook Air, it makes sense that it would also show off a Mac mini as well to help showcase the new M2 chip.

Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is, as the name suggests, primarily aimed at developers working on software and apps for Apple’s devices. It’s not usually associated with big hardware reveals.

However, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, either. Apple has in the past announced new hardware at WWDC, such as the HomePod and iMac Pro in 2017 and the new Mac Pro in 2019.

MacDailyNews Take: Earlier this month, Mark Gurman reported for Bloomberg News that Apple had begun internal testing of several new Mac models powered by next-generation M2 chips, including:

• A MacBook Air with an M2 chip, codenamed J413. This Mac will have eight CPU cores, the components that handle the main processing, and 10 cores for graphics. That’s up from eight graphics cores in the current MacBook Air.

• A Mac mini with an M2 chip, codenamed J473. This machine will have the same specifications as the MacBook Air. There’s also an “M2 Pro” variation, codenamed J474, in testing.

• An entry-level MacBook Pro with an M2 chip, codenamed J493. This too will have the same specifications as the MacBook Air.

• A 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and “M2 Max” chips, codenamed J414. The M2 Max chip has 12 CPU cores and 38 graphics cores, up from 10 CPU cores and 32 graphics cores in the current model, according to the logs. It will also have 64 gigabytes of memory.

• A 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, codenamed J416. The 16-inch MacBook Pro’s M2 Max will have the same specifications as the 14-inch MacBook Pro version.

• A Mac Pro, codenamed J180. This machine will include a successor to the M1 Ultra chip used in the Mac Studio computer.

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  1. Doubtful, I think. Apple would not undermine all M1-based Macs by releasing the lowest end M2 Macs first. M1 was different because it started the transition; the only Macs to undermine were Intel Macs and they were already toast just by Apple announcing the transition. An earlier rumor report said all M2 variants were in testing already. The proper way to announce M2 (and each major M class going forward) is to put it in the flagship Mac first.

    And which Mac is still missing, to complete the Apple Silicon transition? Mac Pro… With M2 Ultra, which actually makes sense to announce at WWDC. The previous (current) Mac Pro was announced at 2019 WWDC and released later that year. Later THIS year is the two-year mark of the Apple Silicon transition, when it’s supposed to be complete. The other missing Mac in transition is the “bigger” iMac, the consumer flagship. At the same time as Mac Pro, release 30-inch M2 iMac.

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