Fans of the iMac line expect Apple to announce new models in 2022, but fresh details reveal it won’t come until 2023, powered by a new chip.
The iMac is Apple’s All-in-One desktop computer, and while folks expect a successor to arrive soon, that may not be the case. However, a new model with a brand new Apple chip is reportedly scheduled for 2023. In 2021, Apple launched a new 24-inch iMac powered by the Apple M1 chip. The new chip wasn’t the only change about the new desktop computer.
Apple had also redesigned the iMac, giving it a makeover and releasing it in fun and attractive colors. However, not everyone finds the new iMac to be the right choice for them, as some folks find the display too small. For this category of users, one of the options available for them is to get the Apple Studio Display which has a 27-inch 5K display, and hook it up to a Mac mini or Mac Studio, which has an M1 and M1 Max/Ultra chip respectively.
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Apple just took the wraps off the new Apple M2 processor, which is already available inside the new 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. While the chip is expected to appear in more devices soon, including new iPad Pro models scheduled for release later in 2022, the iMac may likely not get the new chip. Apple is already developing the next-gen silicon, which should launch as the Apple M3. And according to details revealed by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his latest newsletter, the Apple M3 chip will power a new iMac expected to arrive in 2023.
No New IMac(S) For 2022
The new iMac is said to have the model number “J433,” but there is no mention of its size or display technology. With a new iMac planned for 2023 featuring a more powerful chip, it is understandable if Apple doesn’t intend to launch a new iMac powered by the M2 processor. Back in April, 9to5Mac reported on a handful of new Macs that will feature the M2 chip, and that list didn’t include a new iMac. In addition, an earlier report in March 2022 disclosed that the rumored larger iMac with a 27-inch screen driven by the more powerful M1 Max, M1 Pro, or M1 Ultra didn’t appear in Apple’s roadmap. Thus hinting at the device being shelved.
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Based on these details, a new iMac isn’t expected to be announced in 2022. However, those who want a more powerful desktop Mac may have to wait for the rumored Mac Mini with an M2 chip or a Mac Pro with a successor to the M1 Ultra. In addition to the iMac, Mark Gurman also revealed that the Apple A3 chip will power a new 13-inch MacBook Air codenamed “J513,” a 15-inch MacBook Air with the codename “J515,” and is likely also to be the same chip inside the new 12-inch computer Apple is said to be developing.
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