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Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently shared his predictions for two new iMacs that he says we’ll see in 2024 and 2025. Kuo says he expects to see Apple release a new 24-inch iMac in 2024, as well as a higher-end iMac with a mini-LED 32-inch display for release in 2025.
Kuo’s predictions jibe with previous rumors from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has also predicted that we’ll see a new iMac sometime during 2024.
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While Kuo did not mention which chip he believes will power the new iMacs, Gurman had said that Apple will use the upcoming M3 chip in the iMac. The M3 chip is built using TSMC’s 3-nanometer process and is expected to boast an 8-core CPU as well as a 10-core GPU. The M3’s 3-nanometer (3nm) fabrication process means the chip should provide both performance and power efficiency improvements.
Apple’s current 24-inch iMac debuted in 2021 and is powered by an M1 chip. Since the iMac hasn’t received any updates over the last two years it’s definitely due for a refresh.
While Apple does have an M2 chip, Gurman has maintained that Apple has no plans for an M2-powered iMac, meaning the M3 is likely the next chip to be used in the iMac. While Mac Otakara has published rumors that Apple would release a 24-inch iMac powered by M2 or M2 Pro chips in the near future, we haven’t seen any indications that such a beast is being worked on.
Kuo also says a new higher-end iMac boasting a mini-LED 32-inch display will hit shelves in 2025. The new iMac could carry the “iMac Pro” moniker that was used for the 2017 iMac Pro — a model that was discontinued by Apple in 2021.
After the iMac Pro was discontinued, Apple released the Mac Studio and a matching 27-inch Studio Display. We haven’t heard anything else about a larger iMac since then. However, if Kuo is correct, that could change with the 2025 release of the 32-inch iMac. It is likely that Apple would use the same mini-LED display technology that it uses in the uber-expensive Pro Display XDR.
A 32-inch iMac would offer the same screen dimensions as the 6K Pro Display XDR, which sells for $5,000. This almost ensures that a new 32-inch iMac would be quite pricey, meaning a “Pro” moniker might help push sales to professional users of the Mac.
We have seen several rumors about a larger iMac during the last few years, but the rumors never came to fruition. In December 2021, DigiTimes claimed Apple had 27-inch iMacs in the works that would be similar in design to the current 24-inch iMac, other than black screen bezels and a darker color theme to better differentiate it from the 24-inch iMac as a more professional iMac option.
In February 2022, Mark Gurman said the first Mac with Face ID would likely be an iMac model, not a MacBook, due to the inability of the face recognition hardware to fit into a thin notebook display.
Gurman said Apple had planned to equip the 2021 24-inch iMac with Face ID, but the feature was delayed due to the redesign of the all-in-one iMac.
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