Analyst outlines details for next Mac mini and Apple's first mixed-reality headset
The Apple M2 debuted in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13, the latter of which we reviewed last week. According to Mark Gurman, Apple hopes to bring M2 silicon to multiple devices, including new iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 tablets, as we have discussed separately. Additionally, the analyst claims that Apple has also used the M2 series in a new Mac mini, plus its first mixed-reality headset.
Purportedly, the headset will not launch until early 2023. For reference, Gurman has not elaborated on the device's release date. Hence, we suspect that he also considers a 2023 release likely, rather than one this autumn, alongside the iPhone 14 series. Instead, Gurman states the latest prototypes rely on the Apple M2 and 16 GB of RAM, double the RAM capacity of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13. Incidentally, it seems that Apple's mixed-reality headset will run RealityOS, a name that surfaced last month in a trademark application.
Separately, Gurman reports that Apple will be bringing more than just its M2 chipset to the next Mac mini. Unlike the current model, Gurman believes that Apple will also make available a Pro chipset, which should provide a significant performance uplift over Apple M1. Reputedly, Apple will base the M2 Pro on TSMC's 3 nm node rather than the 5 nm one on which the Apple M2 relies. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether M2 and M2 Pro-powered Mac minis will launch in 2022 or 2023. Allegedly, the mini-PC was slated for release at WWDC 2022, so we may see revised Mac minis arriving in autumn, not next spring.