An Unreleased Mac mini Has Appeared In The Latest Studio Display Firmware

Apple has long been rumored to have a new Mac mini in the works and that machine might now have been outed by the latest Studio Display software update.

Apple’s latest monitor requires software updates because it runs an Apple A13 chip inside, something that handles the spatial audio-supporting speakers and that woeful webcam.

Now, developer Steve Troughton-Smith reports finding a new, unannounced Mac mini in the latest version of the Studio Display’s software, dubbed Macmini10,1.

Apple had been expected to announce a new M2-powered Mac mini, alongside a new MacBook Air using the same chip, around this time. Is it possible that is the Mac mini that we’re seeing here?

The rumor mill is a little unclear as to what new Macs are imminent; for what it’s worth, there is one concrete clue: the shipping Studio Display firmware references one unaccounted-for mystery machine — a new model generation of Mac mini (“Macmini10,1”). My guess: M2, not M1 Pro

There had also been the suggestion that Apple could put an M1 Pro chip into the existing Mac mini lineup to replace the current Intel i7 model. The developer doesn’t believe that’s the case with this machine, although it isn’t clear why that is.

Apple could announce new hardware at the upcoming WWDC22 event that will kick off on June 6 — we’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled!

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