B&H Photo Video, an Apple Authorized Reseller, has set up placeholder product pages for an “M2 Mac mini” and which “Mac Mini Tower” product, according to 9to5Mac. This could be seen as another indicator that Apple plans to launch the next generation of Apple Silicon with the M2 chip at WWDC 2022, the company’s annual developer conference which kicks off on June 6.
But as 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo pointed out, listings on authorized reseller websites are often unreliable indicators. It is possible that the reseller created the placeholders in anticipation of the products that might be announced so that it would be easier to create the pages when required after the products were announced.
But in case Apple releases its M2 chip, it will most likely power the next-gen MacBook Air, which may feature a redesign similar to the iPad Pro and iPad Air. It should also have white bezels around the screen, a Full HD 1080p webcam and revised ports.
The same M2 chip could also power the next-gen Mac Mini. Leaks and reports so far seem to indicate that the device will have a “pixelated glass-like” surface similar to the original Mac mini from 2005. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman explained how he expects Apple releases two variants of the next-gen Mac. Mini: one with the M2 chipset and one with the M1 Pro chipset, which is currently available on the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
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The “Mac Mini Tower” listing on B&H’s website has the words “M1P” at the end of the listing’s name, suggesting it could be a device powered by the M1 Pro chip. But according to 9to5Mac, this indicates that the product listing is nothing more than a hoax.
Apple is also expected to unveil a new Mac Pro during WWDC 2022. The company has already acknowledged that such a device is in the works during its last event in March where the company unveiled the Mac Studio and the new iPhone SE.