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New Mac mini schematics leak with a refreshed and slimmer design

The leaked schematics match renders published by Jon Prosser in May. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Ian Zelbo)
The leaked schematics match renders published by Jon Prosser in May. (Image source: Jon Prosser & Ian Zelbo)
While Apple has overhauled the iMac and MacBook Pro series in the last decade, the same cannot be said for the Mac mini. Leaked schematics suggest that this could be about to change with the next model, which is also said to feature an Apple M1X SoC.

It has been a few months since Jon Prosser published renders purportedly of the next Mac mini, which he claimed would feature a slimmer design than the current model. Now, @LeaksApplePro claims to have received schematics of the same device. For reference, Apple has left the Mac mini's design basically unchanged since 2010, save for some minor changes that it made in 2018.

The schematics published by @LeaksApplePro match the design shown in Prosser's renders, so we imagine that these schematics leaked months ago. Accordingly, the Mac mini has four USB Type-C ports, two USB Type-A ports, Ethernet, an HDMI port and a power connector, presumably for a magnetic power cord. Additionally, Prosser's renders show the left-most circular aperture as a power button.

Rumour has it that Apple will release the next Mac mini in multiple colours, as it has with the latest 24-inch iMac. Unlike the 24-inch iMac, the mini-PC will house the M1X, an SoC with 10 CPU cores and up to 32 GPU cores. In May, Mark Gurman outlined that Apple had developed two versions, 'Jade C-Chop' and 'Jade C-Die', which may differ only on GPU cores.

According to @LeaksApplePro, Apple will release the Mac mini in late 2021 or early 2022. This is the first time we have heard about a potential release date, so we would take this information with a pinch of salt. Pricing for Apple's next mini-PC remains unknown, too.

(Image source: @LeaksApplePro)
(Image source: @LeaksApplePro)
(Image source: @LeaksApplePro)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-08-10 (Update: 2021-08-10)