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Apple M1X Mac Mini allegedly delayed until 2022

The M1X Mac Mini has a sleeker look to it than the 2020 M1 variant of the mini PC. (Image source: @RendersbyIan - edited)
The M1X Mac Mini has a sleeker look to it than the 2020 M1 variant of the mini PC. (Image source: @RendersbyIan - edited)
The expected Apple M1X Mac Mini has apparently been delayed. There were rumors that the revitalized compact desktop PC would be launched alongside the M1X MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 at an event in October. However, a leaker has now asserted that there will likely be a much longer wait for the M1X Mac Mini.

Rumors about an upcoming Apple M1X Mac Mini have constructed an image of an absolute powerhouse of a desktop computer built into a surprisingly small and slender form. While leaked schematics of the next-generation Mac Mini have seemingly confirmed its updated looks and connectivity, which includes a magnetic power cord, there is still plenty of mystery in regard to the components, price, and release date. Previously, it had been mentioned that the M1X Mac Mini could be launched at the same time as the 2021 MacBook Pro laptops, but apparently that plan may have been shelved. LeaksApplePro has stated that the computer has been “delayed due to ‘marketing reasons’”.

Additionally, the same source offered an updated release date timeframe for the Apple M1X Mac Mini, commenting that it could launch alongside the redesigned MacBook Air in “Q1/Q2 2022”. While “marketing reasons” is of course a very ambiguous excuse, it could be that Apple simply wants to put all the focus on the expected M1X MacBook Pro laptops. It’s also possible that the M1X Mac Mini could still be teased at the same time as the MacBook Pro machines are announced while not actually being officially “launched”, but at this point of time this is just speculation.

In a recent video, Vadim Yuryev of the popular Max Tech channel offered a price prediction for the M1X Mac Mini, reckoning a base model would start at US$1,299. While that is pricey for an entry-level Apple Mac Mini, this would be a device with at least 16 GB RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and a potent M1X processor with a 10-core CPU part and likely a 16-core GPU part (with up to a 32-core GPU and 64 GB RAM being potential configuration options). Yuryev also debates the likelihood of an October reveal, opining that it is a strong possibility; however, he also adds that the M1X Mac Mini may only be unveiled in October with an actual launch coming later. If LeaksApplePro is correct, then this now seems to be the case.

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M1X Mac Mini render. (Image source: @RendersbyIan)
M1X Mac Mini render. (Image source: @RendersbyIan)
M1X Mac Mini render. (Image source: @RendersbyIan)
M1X Mac Mini render. (Image source: @RendersbyIan)
M1X Mac Mini schematics. (Image source: @LeaksApplePro)
M1X Mac Mini schematics. (Image source: @LeaksApplePro)
Potential M1X Mac Mini specs and price. (Image source: Max Tech)
Potential M1X Mac Mini specs and price. (Image source: Max Tech)
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Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News - 2705 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-08-17 (Update: 2021-08-17)