Disappeared from the radar in 2021, the iMac Pro would not have said its last word. Apple is still working on a “Pro” model of its iMac with a larger screen and M3 Pro and M3 Max chips. However, it should not be available before 2023.
The iMac range has shrunk to a trickle in recent months. Apple has set aside its iMac Pro in March 2021 and the 27-inch iMac bowed out last March; leaving the 24-inch iMac M1 somewhat alone. It was expected that this iconic range of all-in-one computers would evolve this year; to take advantage of variants of the M1 chip or the new M2 chip. A large “Pro” model with a mini-LED screen was even mentioned for the summer. Unless there is a surprise in the coming days, it is unlikely to see a new iMac arrive.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple would not have not abandoned the idea of offering a larger iMac and equipped with a more powerful chip. This all-in-one “aimed at the professional market” is tipped to occupy this place left vacant in the catalog of Cupertino. For the specialist in the Apple universe, this “Pro” iMac could use a variant of the M3 chip, “probably an M3 Pro and an M3 Max” to follow the same pattern as the MacBook Pros. The latter embed M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, while the entry-level “Pro” model has the new M2 chip.
In April, we already mentioned the absence of the iMac among the machines tested with the M2 chip. The Californian firm would finally wait until 2023 to develop its series. Apple is reportedly releasing a new 24-inch iMac with an M3 chip, along with this top-of-the-line model. For Mark Gurman, Mac mini or Mac Studio with Studio Display do not meet expectations many professional users. However, Apple would not be in a hurry and could therefore wait several more months before expanding its catalog.
A matter of size
The American giant could be motivated by the idea to offer a new format to its users. Currently, the Studio Display is limited to 27 inches and there are regular rumors of the arrival of a 32 inch iMac. Finally, the M3 chips should be etched in 3 nm by TSMC; unlike the M1 and M1 based on 5nm technology. This more advanced manufacturing process is expected to significantly improve performance and energy efficiency.
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