24-inch iMac with M4 chip could be released later in 2024

Apple is rumored to be releasing a new iMac later in 2024 and it is expected to be powered by the new M4 chip. Here, we delve into everything we know (and some educated guesses) about the upcoming M4 iMac.

27-inch iMac

M4 iMac: Release and features

The centerpiece of the new iMac is undoubtedly the M4 chip. Debuting in the latest iPad Pro models, the M4 promises a significant leap in performance compared to its predecessor, the M3.

Built on the same 3-nanometer technology, the M4 boasts architectural refinements that translate to real-world improvements. Benchmarks suggest a performance jump of up to 25%, making the M4 iMac a beast for video editing, graphic design, and demanding workflows.

M4 configuration

The 24-inch iMac has traditionally positioned itself as an entry-level machine, akin to the MacBook Air. This likely means it will sport the base M4 chip with a 10-core CPU (4 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores) and a 10-core GPU.

However, there’s a chance Apple might surprise us. The M4 iPad Pro comes in a variant with a 9-core CPU. While unlikely, Apple could potentially offer this variant in the iMac for a slight price bump.

Apple's M4 chip


Apple graced us with a stunning redesign in the 2021 iMac, featuring a slim profile and vibrant color options. Reliable sources haven’t hinted at any drastic design overhaul for the M4 iMac.

This suggests Apple might focus on internal upgrades this time around. However, there’s always a chance for minor tweaks or the introduction of new color options to keep things fresh.


Release window

Apple typically unveils new Macs around October or November. Based on this trend and reports from 9to5Mac and MacRumors, we can expect the M4 iMac to arrive sometime in late 2024, potentially by the end of the year. There’s a possibility it could slip to early 2025, but most sources anticipate a late 2024 release.

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