An unreleased Mac Mini has been spotted within code of the latest Studio Display firmware, bolstering rumors that Apple is working on an updated Mac Mini that could debut sometime this year.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed on twitter That in iOS 15.4 for Studio Display, a reference to “Macmini10,1” has been found. That model identifier doesn’t match any currently released Mac Minis and is likely to be the model ID for a rumored upcoming Mac Mini.
Earlier rumors suggested that Apple had plans to release a new high-end Mac Mini to replace the Intel-based model in the lineup. Following the launch of Mac Studio, a hybrid between a Mac Mini and a Mac Pro, however, rumors have been a bit unclear whether the upcoming Mac Mini is a low-end or high-end product.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has cautioned against the possibility that a new high-end Mac mini will be announced this year, with a launch taking place in 2023 instead. Apple may be planning to release a new low-end Mac mini. Kuo has indicated that plans for a higher-end model for next year will replace the M1 model with the “M2” Apple silicon chip currently in the lineup.