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Apple fans have eagerly awaited news on the company’s latest iMac models, and according to key reports from the past year, it looks like they won’t be disappointed. Apple is said to be working on two new iMac models, an updated 24-inch iMac, and an all-new “Pro” iMac, with a launch expected at the end of this year or early next year.
Rumors about the new iMac models have been circulating since mid-2022 when Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple was developing at least two iMac models, both likely to use the “M3” series of chips. According to Gurman, Apple will probably launch an updated 24-inch iMac with the standard M3 chip in 2023 and is continuing work on a high-end iMac model that could feature the M3 Pro and M3 Max chips, matching those inside the MacBook Pro.
While Apple discontinued the iMac Pro in March 2021 and the 27-inch Intel-based iMac in March 2022, several high-profile sources believe that a more powerful, larger iMac is still in development. Display Supply Chain Consultants analyst Ross Young has said since 2021 that Apple is working on an iMac with a 27-inch mini-LED display with ProMotion, which would seemingly line up with a future “iMac Pro” model in terms of feature-set. Likewise, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that a new, 27-inch iMac Pro model will launch in 2023 alongside a new Mac Pro.
Despite some reports claiming that there is no high-end iMac in development, Gurman said last month that the next-generation iMac had reached an “advanced stage of development” and is likely to launch at the end of this year or early next year. However, the iMac Pro rumors have faded in recent months.
While little is known about the specifics of the two machines, a larger, 27-inch mini-LED display with ProMotion, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chip options, and a slew of ports brought over from the MacBook Pro is the most likely prospective features for the iMac Pro. Given the fact that the 24-inch iMac was a fully redesigned machine upon its debut in 2021, major changes beyond the M3 chip may be less likely, but a refreshed selection of color options seems highly probable.
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It’s worth noting that the M3 family of chips is expected to be built on TSMC’s 3nm technology, unlike the M1 and M2, which are built using a 5nm process. The more advanced manufacturing process is expected to bring significant performance and efficiency improvements. Apple chip supplier TSMC is expected to begin commercial production of 3nm chips in the second half of this year, meaning that the first Macs with the M3 chip would likely only be able to launch around the third quarter of 2023 at the earliest.
While an iMac with a larger display and a more powerful chip aimed at the professional market may emerge this year, only the 24-inch model is currently rumored to be in an advanced stage of development. At a minimum, Apple seems firmly poised to launch the new 24-inch iMac with the M3 chip later this year, but a new iMac Pro is still very much on the table, especially going into 2024.