Apple released the first M1 iMac in April. The lineup features a stunning new design, 7 vibrant colors, and a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display. While the 24-inch variant is an adequate size for a large number of users, there are people who want a machine with a bigger display that is more powerful.
According to a new report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Cupertino tech giant is working on a larger version of the M1 iMac. The machine will l ‘likely’ feature an M1X or an M2X chip.
Larger Apple Silicon iMac powered by new M2X chip in the works
As per the Gurman’s Power On newsletter, the tech giant is working on a replacement for the current 27-inch iMac it offers. Since Apple increased the display size from 21.5 inches to 24 inches with its latest Apple Silicon iMac, it is possible it could also increase the screen size of this upcoming model. Gurman has not commented on what the screen size of the bigger variant could be.
On the topic of processors, Gurman said that the new iMac will not feature the M1 chip that the smaller version comes equipped with. Instead, Apple could use an M1X, the more powerful version of the current M1, or an M2X chip.
I absolutely still believe that a larger, redesigned iMac to replace the Intel 27-inch models is en route. Apple increasing the screen size of the smaller model from 21.5 inches to 24 inches seems to indicate that the 27-inch model could see a size increase as well. I don’t think, however, that Apple will launch the larger model with the same M1 chip that’s in the smaller model. It likely will be an M1X, the beefier version of the current M1, or an M2X.
What we currently know about the M2 chipset is that it will power the upcoming MacBook Air model expected to launch in the first half of 2022. The chip is likely going to follow the same design that the M1 chip has with multiple performance and efficiency cores, built-in co-processors, unified memory architecture, and powerful graphics. The most significant upgrade of the M2 chip will be its graphics performance as it will be replacing discrete GPUs.