The Mac mini 2012 is already the oldest Mac mini model that can run Mojave. As such in terms of Mac mini models it is at greatest risk is loosing support when 10.15 is launched.
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As you mention we cannot give definitive answers as to what Apple will do - only Apple could and they won't until 10.15 enters testing. However in 2019 which is when 10.15 is likely to be launched a Mac mini 2012 will be seven years old as such it may well be dropped from support by Apple. At this point and not being privy to Apple's plans I cannot see any obvious major technical changes e.g. lack of Metal support by a video chip that would cause support to be dropped but performance will obviously continue to fall behind newer models. The most obvious technical change is the adoption of the T2 chip but this is so new that there is no way this itself should cause older models to be dropped as of yet.
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There is a possibility you could run 10.15 in a virtual machine in Parallels or VMware Fusion even on your 2012 model. Obviously performance will be even worse but that might let you stagger on a bit longer.
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