With new Macs coming soon, will Apple update the iMac with the M2 chip?

We’ve heard whispers in recent months that Apple is working on many new Macs. According to fresh sources, at least some of those Macs, including the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, might be introduced tomorrow. But there is one Mac that no one is talking about, and that is the iMac. Continue reading to learn what we know about Apple’s intentions for its all-in-one desktop.

The iMac’s current condition

The iMac is Apple’s all-in-one desktop computer and one of the most recognizable items the firm has ever released. Following the announcement of the M1 chip in 2020 and the start of the transition to Apple Silicon with the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, Apple announced a fully redesigned iMac in 2021, also powered by the M1 processor.

Because of the efficiency of the M1 processor, the M1 iMac sports a 24-inch 4.5K display and a substantially slimmer design. The computer is substantially quicker than its Intel-based predecessor and includes Wi-Fi 6, Thunderbolt 4 connections, and speakers that support Dolby Atmos. It also comes in a variety of colours, similar to the original iMac G3.

However, with the release of the M1 iMac, Apple discontinued the 27-inch iMac as well as the iMac Pro. In 2022, the business released the Mac Studio and Studio Display to replace the bigger version of its desktop.

Will an M2 iMac be released?

Apple announced a new MacBook Air last year, as well as an upgrade to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 processor, the second iteration of Apple’s silicon chip for Macs. Since then, the firm has announced plans to introduce the M2 and its more capable variations to additional machines, including the more costly MacBook Pro models, the Mac mini, the Mac Studio, and even the first Apple Silicon Mac Pro.

Earlier today, various sources (including 9to5Mac) informed us that Apple would unveil new Mac products later this week. A new unpublished MacBook Pro model, coded A2779, then appeared in the Canada Radio Equipment List database. What about the iMac, though?

If you’re looking for a new iMac, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. This is due to the fact that Apple does not appear to be working on an M2-equipped iMac. 9to5Mac revealed in March 2022 that Apple had no plans to introduce a new iMac with a bigger screen. At the same time, we’ve learned from individuals close to the situation that the next-generation iMac will not be introduced until 2023.

Following that, Bloomberg reported that Apple may forego the M2 chip for the iMac since developers are already working on an improved version of the all-in-one computer with the M3 processor. This claim was confirmed by 9to5Mac’s own sources.

When will Apple release a new iMac?

As far as we know, there will be no M2 iMac, implying that the next iMac will use the M3 processor. Given that M2 was released in June of last year, M3 is unlikely to be revealed before WWDC 2023 in June. In other words, don’t look for a new iMac in the first half of 2023. The M3 iMac is more likely to be released between the second half of 2023 and the first part of 2024.

Other new Macs featuring the M2 processor are anticipated to be announced later this week, with Apple perhaps delaying certain models until spring or even summer.

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