24-inch iMac will not be updated this year, M3 variant to arrive next year

According to a new report, Apple’s 24-inch iMac update might not come until the M3 generation, which will not be available until the end of 2023.

24-inch iMac

Updated 24-inch iMac in development, late-2023 launch expected

Apple introduced the 24-inch iMac in May 2021, but significant specification revisions have not yet been made. Nearing two years after its debut, it appears that the wait for an updated model may end up being much longer because Apple has reportedly timed it for the M3 chip launch.

In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman stated that Apple would likely completely forgo the M2 series of processors for the next iMac. Instead, the M3 is expected to launch.

According to Gurman, there won’t be a new iMac until the M3 chip generation, which implies it won’t be released until at least the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024. The journalist has held onto this prediction since April 2022:

Since then, I’ve heard that the M2 chips aren’t the only one in testing within Apple. And if you’re waiting for a new iMac, i’m hearing an M3 version of that desktop is already in the works – though I imagine it won’t launch until the end of next year at the earliest.

27-inch iMac

As part of what would be the quickest update cycle for an Apple Silicon Mac to date, current speculations suggest that Apple will begin delivering an M3-based MacBook Air in the second half of 2023.

Another device that will not be released in the current M2 cycle is a new Mac Studio with the “M2 Ultra” chip. Gurman recently revealed that since the future Apple silicon Mac Pro is quite identical in capabilities to the Mac Studio, Apple may postpone updating the machine until the introduction of M3- or M4-series chips. The long-awaited Apple silicon Mac Pro will arrive this year with the M2 Ultra chip and it will feature the same design as its 2019 predecessor.

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