Apple has confirmed at its WWDC 2020 online event that for the future Mac they will switch from Intel to custom A-series chips based on Advanced RISC Machines’ (ARM) 64-bit architecture. There’s also a Developer Transition Kit where the company will provide a limited number of Apple A12Z Bionic chip powered Mac Mini to developers. The Mac Mini testbed also includes a 512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and macOS Big Sur Beta.
Today, a new Mac Mini device with model A2330 has been certified by FCC(Federal Communications Commission). A few days ago, the same model was also spotted on the EEC certification platform. As Apple plans to launch an ARM-based Mac by the end of the year, so, it is possible that the A2330 model could be the first Mac Mini with Apple silicon. However, nothing is officially confirmed at the moment. So, take this information with a pinch of salt.
The FCC documents read;
We, Apple Inc., are applying for an FCC grant for a Single Certification of the device: Mac Mini. The Mac Mini, Model A2330 is a desktop computer, with built-in IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax radio and Bluetooth radio.
The product has been tested against CFR 47 parts:
The measurement facility is on file with FCC under the US-EU MRA, with designation number UK0010.
Talking about ARM-based chip that will power Mac Mini, Apple didn’t provide any other technical details apart from showing off a demo. However, rumours believe that Apple’s in-house A-series chip will use eight high-performance cores (Firestorm), and four energy-efficient cores (Icestorm) that will deliver an improved overall battery life and high performance.