Following predictions from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, an upgraded 24-inch iMac with the M2 chip appears to be absent from Apple‘s plans.
The M1 CPU, a remarkable ultra-thin design, and a variety of color options were all key features of Apple’s 24-inch iMac, which was unveiled in April of last year. Queries about whether the 24-inch iMac could get a comparable upgrade with the M2 chip have started to surface, especially now that it is over a year old. The first Macs with the M2 chip were released this summer: the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the revamped MacBook Air.
Gurman’s estimation of upcoming M2 Macs on Apple’s product roadmap, which includes new Mac mini models with M2 and M2 Pro chips, new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, and a new Mac Pro tower with M2 Ultra and “M2 Extreme” chips, did not include an iMac with the M2 chip.
The very first M3 series of Macs, which will contain an improved 13-inch MacBook Air, a whole new 15-inch MacBook Air, and maybe a new 12-inch notebook that is “still in early development,” will include a new iMac, according to Gurman after the launch of the M2 series of Macs. Gurman claims that the product, which is anticipated to be a straight replacement for the existing M1 iMac, may not even be released until late 2023 at the earliest, indicating that there won’t be an iMac built on the M2 platform.
After the release of the M2 series of Macs, Gurman stated that the first M3 series of Macs, which will include a new iMac, an enhanced 13-inch MacBook Air, a brand-new 15-inch MacBook Air, and maybe a new 12-inch notebook that is “still in early development.” Gurman asserts that the device, which is supposed to be a direct successor for the current M1 iMac, may not even be introduced until late 2023 at the earliest, meaning that an iMac built on the M2 platform won’t exist.
Apple’s decision to omit the iMac from the M2 chip and delay an update until the M3 chip is available begs the question of why they did so, especially given that this means the current M1 model would last for a sizable period of time. See our dedicated guide for more details on what to anticipate from the next iMac.