Apple is reportedly testing a new M3-based Mac mini with 8 CPU cores, 18 GPU cores, and 24GB of RAM. The device is codenamed “Mac 15,12” and is running the latest macOS Sonoma 14.1 version. This is one of seven M3-based Macs that are currently in development, the others being a 13-inch MacBook Air, a 15-inch MacBook Air, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, a 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Pro SoC, a 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Max SoC, and the above-mentioned M3 Mac mini.
The entry-level M3 chipset is similar to the entry-level M2 SoC, but the M3 Pro chipset is expected to offer noticeable generational upgrades in comparison to last year’s M2 Pro chip. It could come equipped with 12 CPU cores and 18 GPU cores, along with an additional 4GB of RAM. This will be achieved by a new 3nm fabrication process that will reduce the distance between the transistors on the chip.
The M3-based Mac mini is expected to be a significant upgrade over the current model, which is powered by the M1 chip. The M3 chip is expected to offer up to 20% faster CPU performance and up to 30% faster GPU performance than the M1 chip. This will make the M3-based Mac mini a powerful machine for a variety of tasks, including video editing, music production, and gaming.
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The M3-based Mac mini is also expected to be more efficient than the current model. This means that it will be able to offer longer battery life and generate less heat.
Gurman sticks with his previously reported October launch window for Apple’s M3-based Mac portfolio. However, it is best to take these developments with skepticism until we gain something concrete.
Features of the rumored M3-based Mac mini:
- 8 CPU cores
- 18 GPU cores
- 24GB of RAM
- 3nm fabrication process
- Up to 20% faster CPU performance
- Up to 30% faster GPU performance
- More efficient than the current model
- Expected to launch in October 2023
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