A 24-inch iMac will skip the M2 in favor of an M3, as Apple prepares for an upcoming 'iMac Pro' in 2023

It looks like Apple will only offer the base M2 chip in the M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro announced recently, with the company already planning to introduce the M3 next spring.

Although there has been talking of Apple getting the M2 treatment for the Mac mini, it may simply move straight to the M2 Pro version, consolidating the lineup and allowing Apple to retire the Intel model. The entry-level M2 model may be accompanied by that, but reports about Apple's plans for the diminutive Mac are mixed.

Apple's 24-inch iMac is unlikely to get an update this year. It appears the company does not have a huge incentive to replace last year's M1-powered iMac, since it is still selling well.

The recent M2-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro, though relatively weak compared to its 2020 M1 predecessor, would be somewhat ironic.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that Apple is already developing its M3 Macs, including a new iMac code-named J433. This suggests Apple is skipping the M2 iMac this year in favor of the M3.

Due to Apple's new in-house Mac chips, some people believed the company would simply refresh every system every year, but that probably wasn't the case.

Apple's new chip production doesn't mean the release cycle of its Macs will change. Every generation of Apple Silicon will be incorporated into every Mac when it makes sense to do so.

The Future of the iMac

According to Gurman's Power On newsletter, Apple is working on a more powerful version of its 24-inch iMac, which may delay its release.

Apple is still working on a high-end iMac, even though the latest round of rumors of a higher-end iMac were false - sources probably mistook the Apple Studio Display for an iMac. We were expecting it to be closer than it is.

However, Apple has plenty of room to introduce a new iMac with a large screen due to that statement's specificity. Apple is working on something for 2023, possibly to be released alongside a new Apple Silicon Mac Pro, and reports suggest that the 27-inch iMac doesn't preclude a 30-inch or 27-inch system.

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