The next Apple iMac is clearly in development with the Apple M3 chip, Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman says in his recent Power On newsletter. It may arrive next year.
Gurman wrote that the upcoming iMac will come with a third-generation Apple Silicon chip, and it appears to be skipping the expected Apple M2 chip that is believed to be coming soon. As for the release date, Gorman thinks the earliest we might see a new iMac would be the end of 2023.
iMac Pro is also in development according to Gurman, although he doesn’t provide any details on its hardware. He also says it’s not coming any time soon, which is unfortunate news for anyone waiting for a more powerful Apple-made desktop computer.
We’ve heard before that Apple is looking to start trial production of M3 chips at the end of 2022, and Gorman himself has said that the M3 will arrive on Apple hardware from 2023. If we take into account the possibility of the M3 iMac debuting in 2023 for the true M3 iMac, we can Seeing it for the first time at Apple’s spring or fall product fairs. Likewise, Apple can keep it always in the spring of 2024, when the current 24-inch iMac is three years old.
iMac currently offers the Apple M1 chip, with the M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra variants featured in other Mac products. We’re waiting for Apple to unveil the M2 series of chips expected to power its next-generation devices, but it’s no surprise that Apple may be looking further and considering a third revision of the Apple Silicon.
Speaking of the M2 series, Gurman previously claimed that several devices are on the way with these chips. The base M2 is supposed to appear in the entry-level MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro models, the M2 Pro and M2 Max in the next lineup of premium MacBook Pro, and the new M2 Ultra chip for the Mac Pro.
The M2 will likely also appear in the upcoming iPad Pro, after Apple introduced the M1 to the current 2021 iPad Pro. The next iPad Pro will need to make better use of that power than the current one, which delivers high-potential performance but lacks the apps to take advantage of it.
The first of these M2 chips could appear around June, at Apple’s WWDC 2022 conference. While this primarily happened for software announcements, which this year will almost certainly include iOS 16, macOS 13, and more, it was the 2020 release of WWDC where it announced Apple debuts Apple Silicon Mac/iPad chips. It would make sense that this would be the event where Apple would talk about the next generation as well.