Apple Studio Display firmware provides clues about the next-generation Mac mini
Yesterday, we discussed Mark Gurman's predictions for WWDC 2022, which include the release of a new MacBook Air and one other Mac device. Subsequently, developer Steve Throughton-Smith has discovered references to an unreleased Mac mini in Studio Display firmware, Apple's latest external monitor. Incidentally, Gurman claimed that a next-generation Mac mini could be the other Mac device that Apple launches in June.
According to Throughton-Smith, Apple has included a reference to 'Macmini10,1', a machine model that Apple has not released yet. Instead, Apple sells the Macmini9,1, which covers the two M1-powered machines that are still orderable. While the firmware does not appear to feature any other references to Macmini10,1, its presence in one of Apple's latest devices suggests that an announcement is close.
Throughton-Smith adds that he expects Apple to release the Macmini10,1 with the M2, not the M1 Pro. Supposedly just a guess, there have been rumours that the next MacBook Air will rely on the M2 as well. Either way, the next Mac mini is believed to resemble renders published by Jon Prosser and Ian Zelbo, which show a redesigned chassis with a flatter overall build.