New M2-powered Mac mini could steal the show at WWDC 2022

New M2-powered Mac mini could steal the show at WWDC 2022

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New rumors suggest that Apple won’t conscionable beryllium showing disconnected a new MacBook Air astatine its WWDC 2022 lawsuit starting connected June 6, but besides a new Mac mini, with some devices utilizing the rumored M2 chip.

In immoderate respects, this isn’t excessively surprising, arsenic erstwhile the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), which saw the debut of Apple’s M1 chip, launched, Apple besides released a caller Mac mini (M1, 2020) which besides came with the M1 chip.

So, if Apple is so readying connected releasing a caller MacBook Air, it makes consciousness that it would besides amusement disconnected a Mac mini arsenic good to assistance showcase the caller M2 chip.

The M1 spot was Apple’s archetypal effort to make a spot for its computing products, aft ending a long-running concern with Intel. It ended up being a immense success, with Apple’s acquisition successful making chips for its iPhones and iPads translating good to computers. M1-powered Macs and MacBooks offered fantabulous show and artillery lives, and income have been immoderate of the champion the institution has seen. We were truthful impressed with the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), that it has remained astatine the apical of our champion laptops database since it was released.

So it’s small astonishment that Apple is moving connected a successor to the M1, arsenic good 2 fashionable products to showcase it. What is surprising, however, is that rumors (reported by Notebookcheck) suggest they’ll beryllium shown disconnected astatine WWDC 2022.

While we had heard that Apple was readying 2 M1 Macs for WWDC 2022, the LeaksApplePro Twitter account, which often posts close Apple leaks, suggests that the M2 Mac mini and M2 MacBook Air volition beryllium the 2 Macs successful question.

Hearing the M2 MacBook Air and the M2 Mac mini astatine WWDC.April 21, 2022

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Why WWDC?

Apple's WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is, arsenic the sanction suggests, chiefly aimed astatine developers moving connected bundle and apps for Apple’s devices. It’s not usually associated with large hardware reveals.

Apple usually has its ain events to motorboat brand-new iPhones, for example, and the past MacBook Air and M1 spot launched astatine a peculiar lawsuit connected November 10, 2020. So, successful immoderate ways, Apple’s determination to showcase it arsenic WWDC is perplexing, particularly for radical who deliberation a dedicated lawsuit aboriginal successful the twelvemonth would springiness immoderate caller Mac oregon MacBook much of a accidental to shine.

However, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, either. Apple has successful the past announced caller hardware astatine WWDC, specified arsenic the HomePod and iMac Pro successful 2017 and the new Mac Pro successful 2019.

There’s besides the information that a caller and improved M2 spot volition person large repercussions for developers, truthful announcing the M2 astatine WWDC 2022, and showing disconnected its improved show and caller features, and explaining however developers tin marque usage of them, does marque sense.

If Apple is going to uncover the M2 astatine WWDC 2022, past it besides makes consciousness to amusement disconnected immoderate devices that volition beryllium utilizing it. After all, Apple’s not the benignant of institution to person idiosyncratic travel connected signifier and question a spot astir (unlike AMD oregon Intel).


Analysis: the Mac mini could bargain the show

Apple Mac mini (M1, 2020)

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If the caller MacBook Air and Mac mini are so shown disconnected astatine WWDC 2022, I really deliberation the Mac mini could beryllium the prima of the show. Most devices shown disconnected astatine WWDC are aimed astatine professionals, and portion the caller MacBook Air would nary uncertainty beryllium a fantastic laptop, it’s a overmuch much mainstream device.

A souped-up Mac mini with Apple’s latest tech, however, could truly involvement WWDC attendees. Without the constraints of having to beryllium battery-powered and portable, the caller Mac mini could truly amusement disconnected what the M2 spot tin do.

Of course, there’s thing other to consider. The M1 MacBook Air and Mac mini were launched alongside a 3rd device: the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020). While we’ve not heard immoderate rumors, could Apple besides merchandise an M2 MacBook Pro astatine WWDC? If it does, past that whitethorn beryllium the instrumentality that generates the astir excitement by far.

Matt Hanson

Senior Computing editor

Matt (Twitter) is TechRadar's Senior Computing editor. Having written for a fig of publications specified arsenic PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's nary facet of exertion that Matt isn't passionate about, particularly computing and PC gaming. If you're encountering a occupation oregon request immoderate proposal with your PC oregon Mac, driblet him a enactment connected Twitter.

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