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  1. Apple debuted its first M1-powered Macs including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini late last year with generally the same design as their Intel versions. Now, a new report claims that Apple is about to release an updated Mac mini with a huge redesign, purportedly powered by the rumored M1X processor. The report comes courtesy of Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, as reviewed by MacRumors, which suggests a refreshed Mac mini will come out in "the next several months" with a processor that's believed to be more powerful than the current M1. While Apple is yet to confirm the M1X, an earlier report from Jon Prosser cited the processor as one of the next big changes coming to Mac mini. Prosser also claimed at the time that Apple was making a thinner version of the small desktop computer with more ports. The latest report now corroborates that claim, with Gurman saying we should expect a high-end Mac mini "with more ports than the current model." Aside from the Mac mini, Apple is also rumored to introduce redesigned MacBook Pro models this fall, also reportedly powered by the M1X chip. The updated MacBook Pro announcement was expected to take place at Apple's WWDC event in June, although it didn't materialize. Apple may release a redesigned Mac mini with a faster 'M1X' processor soon
  2. Apple Investigating Issue With 'Pink Squares' Appearing on Displays Connected to M1 Mac Mini In an internal memo this week, obtained by MacRumors, Apple informed service providers that it is aware of and investigating an issue that may result in "pink squares or pixels" appearing on displays connected to an M1 Mac mini. Image via Twitter user @FatihVidyograf This issue has been reported by users across the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors Forums, and Reddit since the M1 Mac mini launched in November, but the exact cause is unclear. Based on comments from affected users, it appears that the issue may be more common when connecting displays via HDMI compared to Thunderbolt. Apple did not provide a specific timeframe for a fix. The memo was issued on February 19, over a week after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.2.1, which does not appear to address the issue. It is possible that a fix could be readied in time for the release of macOS Big Sur 11.3, which has been in beta testing since February 2. In the meantime, Apple outlined the following troubleshooting steps: Put the Mac mini to sleep Wait two minutes and wake the Mac mini Unplug the display from the Mac mini, and then plug the display back in Adjust the display's resolution in System Preferences > Displays If the issue reoccurs after restarting the Mac mini, Apple says to repeat the steps above. There have been various other external display issues with M1 Macs in recent months, ranging from USB-C connection issues to some resolutions being unavailable when using an ultrawide or super-ultrawide display. Source: Apple Investigating Issue With 'Pink Squares' Appearing on Displays Connected to M1 Mac Mini
  3. Instances run on Mac minis will give developers a virtual environment on which to design apps for the Mac, iPhone, and other Apple devices. Developers who need to create apps on a Mac can now do so virtually courtesy of Amazon Web Services (AWS). On Monday, Amazon announced the availability of macOS instances on AWS via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Run on Mac minis, the new virtual environment will let AWS customers run on-demand instances to build, test, and package apps on macOS. With EC2, developers will be able to design apps for the iPhone, the iPad, the Mac, the Apple Watch, the Apple TV, and Safari using AWS's scalable and pay-as-you-go structure. The EC2 Mac instances will be hosted on an array of Mac mini computers outfitted with Intel's 8th generation 3.2 GHz (4.6 GHz turbo) Core i7 processors, 6 physical cores, 12 logical cores, and 32 GiB (Gibibytes) of memory. Powered by Amazon's AWS Nitro System, the Macs will offer up to 10 Gbps of Virtual Private Cloud network bandwidth and 8 Gbps of Elastic Block Store storage bandwidth through high-speed Thunderbolt 3 connections. With this setup, the Mac minis can operate as fully integrated and managed instances like other Amazon EC2 instances. Available in bare metal instance size (mac1.metal), the EC2 Mac instances support macOS Mojave 10.14 and macOS Catalina 10.15 with support for macOS Big Sur 11.0 coming soon, according to Amazon. AWS customers can connect to these Mac instances through an SSH for Command Line Interface and through active remote screen sharing using a VNC client for a graphical interface. As Apple attracts more developers eager to design apps for its different products, there's a greater need to provide them with the necessary resources. Instead of having to set up and maintain on-premises Mac hardware and software, those developers can turn to the new AWS instances to focus on the apps themselves. Individuals and organizations can access the virtual macOS environments to build and test their apps more quickly. "You can use these instances to create build farms, render farms, and CI/CD farms that target all of the Apple environments," AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr said in a blog post that explains how to use the new environment. "You can provision new instances in minutes, giving you the ability to quickly and cost-effectively build code for multiple targets without having to own and operate your own hardware. You pay only for what you use, and you get to benefit from the elasticity, scalability, security, and reliability provided by EC2." EC2 Mac instances are now available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), and Asia-Pacific (Singapore) AWS Regions as EC2 Dedicated Hosts with a minimum host allocation duration of 24 hours. Customers can purchase the instances on-demand or as part of a savings Plan (one- and three-year plans). AWS users who want to try the new environment can get started at Amazon's EC2 Mac Instances page. Source
  4. Apple is refreshing its smallest desktop. Apple is refreshing its smallest desktop. The company showed off an updated Mac Mini with its new M1 chip that starts at $699. At first glance, the 2.6-pound Mac Mini has a similar compact design as Apple’s 2018 model. It’s equipped with two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt and USB 4, as well as two USB-A ports, ethernet and a headphone jack. Though it has two fewer USB ports than the previous model, Apple notes the new Mini can support up to two external displays. If the idea of using Apple’s budget desktop with its priciest monitor is appealing, it also supports the company’s massive 6k Pro Display XDR. Under the hood, the Mac Mini uses an “advanced thermal design” to help it stay cool and quiet, and Apple says the new model is up to 60 percent more efficient than the previous iteration. The latest Mac Mini is among Apple’s first devices to use its new M1 system-on-a-chip, the company’s new ARM-based processor. Like the new MacBook Air and other M1 Macs, the latest Mini will be able to run iPhone and iPad apps. It should also be much faster with more intensive tasks like compiling code or rendering video. Apple is offering the newly upgraded Mini in two configurations: 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage for $699, or 8GB of memory with a 512GB SSD for $899. Apple also lets you configure the Mac Mini with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage. The company continues to offer a version of the older Intel-based model. Source
  5. Apple’s little desktop PC is no longer just a punchline. Today the company took the wraps off a revamped Mac Mini, replacing its underpowered parts with new, 8th generation Intel quad- and 6-core processors options, up to 64GB of memory, up to a 2TB SSD, a T2 security chip, 10GB ethernet, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. With the upgrades, Apple is bumping its longstanding $500 starting price up to $800—but you won’t find face-melting specs without paying even more. Yes, you’ll still need to bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse. And yes you can, uh, get it in space gray now. At $800, the base model will come with 8GB of memory, a 3.6GHz quad-core i3 processor, and 128GB of SSD storage. The Mini was originally designed to win over new converts to OS X (now macOS) with the first sub-$500 Mac. Last revamped eons ago, in October 2014, it became a husk for outdated guts that no one, absolutely no one in their right mind had any business recommending to a loved one. By the end of its run, the latest incarnation seemed designed to push buyers in this price range away from Apple, towards better deals from companies like Dell and HP. Apple is billing the new Mini as “five times faster” overall with “60 percent faster graphics.” It’ll be available on November 7. Source
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