Apple released the new 24-inch iMac with the M1 chip in April 2021, more than a year and a half ago. So customers may be wondering what’s next for the iMac and Apple’s all-in-one desktop computers.
We’ve heard some rumors and reports about Apple stores, giving us a good idea of what’s next, and we’ve outlined below some details about what we know about the design, performance, and more of the upcoming iMac.
Pro or No Pro?
Apple released the 27-inch iMac Pro in 2017 as a response to professional customers who wanted Apple’s powerful all-in-one desktop. Apple discontinued the baseline 27-inch iMac in March 2022, following the introduction of the Mac Studio and 27-inch Studio Display. Following the discontinuation, sources debated whether Apple’s next large-screen 27-inch iMac would be labeled a “Pro” product, or simply a larger version of the consumer-focused iMac.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes an “iMac Pro” will launch next year, while other reports say Apple has no plans to release an iMac with a larger screen anytime soon. Apple’s plans change frequently, so it’s unclear what Apple’s current plans are.
Two iMacs in the Works
Apple is working on two new iMacs: a larger-screen model with a 27-inch display and an update to the current 24-inch model. For the current 24-inch model, Apple reportedly plans to keep the M1 model in the lineup until later in 2023, after which it may launch a new version with the M3 chip.
An updated 24-inch iMac could have the same design and dimensions, but benefit from the M3 chip. Apple recently launched the M2 chip in June of this year, so the M3 is still a long way off.
‘iMac Pro’ Design and Performance
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the new member of the iMac family, whether called “iMac Pro” or not, will feature the M3 Pro and M3 Max chips. The chips will be third-generation Apple chips and build on the performance of the upcoming M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which are expected to power the updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
As for the display and design, the larger iMac could feature the same display technologies currently in Apple’s top-end MacBook Pro models, including mini-LED and ProMotion. Apple is also testing Face ID for Macs, but it’s unlikely to be available anytime soon.
When Apple released the 24-inch iMac with the M1, it touted the computer’s thin and light design as a tribute to the performance and efficiency of Apple chips, whereas Intel-based iMacs required larger motherboards and cooling systems.
As for the “iMac Pro,” it’s not entirely clear what design the desktop will be. Apple could choose to make a thin case while still delivering the performance of the M3 Pro and M3 Max chips, or make a larger, thicker, and heavier “Pro” system, similar to the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Some rumors suggest the 27-inch iMac will have a similar design to the Pro Display XDR, with black bezels.
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