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Apple testing Mac Mini desktop with M3 processor

Apple testing Mac Mini desktop with M3 processor

Apple is currently testing a new desktop computer equipped with its own M3 processor. It is speculated to be a new Mac Mini.

According to Apple reporter Mark Gurman, Apple is currently testing a desktop computer that has been given the model number Mac 15.12. He speculates in the Power On newsletter that this is a Mac Mini version, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Mac Mini M3 specifications

The new Mac Mini looks set to feature the tech giant’s latest proprietary M3 processor scheduled for release next year. The desktop is said to feature an eight-core CPU and a 10-core GPU. Furthermore, the supposed Mac Mini features 24 GB of RAM and runs on macOS Sonoma 14.1.

The CPU and GPU specifications are the same as those of the current M2 processors, but Gurman expects the M3 processors to be more powerful in use. Moreover, a high-end model of the M3 processors might end up with 14 CPU cores and 40 GPU cores. The maximum of the M2 processor is now at 12 CPU and 10 GPU cores.

More Mac devices with M3 processor

The M3 processor is not only being tested in this alleged Mac Mini. It was previously announced that Apple has added the M3 processor to five other Mac laptop and desktop series. These include an M3 13-inch MacBook Air, an M3 15-inch MacBook Air, an M3 13-inch MacBook Pro, M3 Pro and M3 Max 14-16-inch MacBook Pros. A new M3 version of the iMac is also said to be in the pipeline.

Versions of the Mac Pro and Mac Studio with an M3 processor aren’t currently being planned. These were recently fitted with an M2 processor.


When the new Macs with an M3 processor will be available is not yet known. According to Gurman, these devices will not be available until the first fiscal quarter of 2024.

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