Apple will host a new event after the announcement of the iPhone 15 series and Apple Watch Series 9. The event may take place in October or November, and the main highlight of the event will be the new M3 chip. We've previously heard that Apple will launch some of its upgraded Macs later this year with the upcoming M3 chip. The company is continuously working on testing new Macs, which will be upgraded with the new processor. The latest suggests that Apple is testing a new version of the Mac mini with the new M3 chip.
Apple is testing a new Mac mini with an M3 chip with the same core count as the M2 chip, but you can expect big performance gains
We have previously made a list of all the Macs that can be upgraded this year with the M3 chip. However, the Mac mini is not on the list. According to Mark Gurman in his new issue of the Power On newsletter, new Macs have appeared on the third-party developer logs, including a slew of Macs that the company is working on. The list includes the following Macs:
Apple will potentially announce the M3 MacBook Air models, 13-inch MacBook Pro and iMac later this year. However, the high-end MacBook Pro models and Mac mini could be announced next year. This is because the Mac mini now comes with upgraded internals like the M2 Pro chip. Since the company won't unveil the M2 Pro chip until next year, it makes sense to launch the machine alongside the higher-end MacBook Pro models. However, the company may unveil the Mac mini with an M3 chip later this year, keeping the M3 Pro variant until next year.
According to the analyst, the M3 Mac mini will have the same number of cores as the current M2 Mac mini. What this means is that the only new improvement will be the new M3 chip. It will have an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU coupled with 24GB of RAM. The 8-core CPU will contain four performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. Note that the Mac mini starts at 8GB of RAM, but the version tested by Apple is 24GB.
Apple's M3 chip will be manufactured on TSMC's 3nm process, which will not only deliver improved computational and graphics performance, but also improve the battery life of the MacBooks. Due to the chip's low-power nature, the M3 chip will be able to extend the battery life of the MacBook Pro by an hour or two. While this is just speculation, the company will take center stage to officially share details about the new M3 chip and Mac mini later this year.