Apple might launch an upgraded iMac in the second half of 2023. The machine is currently in an advanced development stage, according to the latest report.
While the upcoming iMac will retain the same 24-inch display as the current model, Apple reportedly will make some internal layout changes.
New iMac has entered the EVT development stage
In his weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman revealed that the next iMac refresh has entered the engineering validation testing (aka EVT) stage. As a part of this phase, Apple is conducting test production of the machine. Despite this, the upcoming iMac reportedly will not enter mass production in the next three months.
As a result, the new iMac would launch in the second half of 2023 at the earliest. Previous rumors indicated Apple could announce the new Mac Pro and 15-inch MacBook Air at WWDC23.
Apple’s next iMac could feature the M3 chip
The iMac was last refreshed with a sleek new design, an M1 chip, and bold new colors in April 2021. For the 2023 update, Apple reportedly will not introduce any significant design changes. The report says the 24-inch display and the color options should remain unchanged.
Apple might make some internal changes to the new iMac, though. It also plans to change the manufacturing process of attaching the stand to the display. However, these modifications are unlikely to benefit the consumer in any meaningful way.
Internally, the next iMac refresh should use Apple’s 3nm M3 chip. The same SoC could also power the rumored 2023 13-inch MacBook Air. Compared to the M2 chip, M3 should introduce a large jump in both performance and efficiency.
It remains unclear if Apple intends to offer the iMac with a faster M3 Pro chip, as it did with the 2023 Mac mini refresh.