The new iMac and 15-inch MacBook Air are about to launch

The M1 iMac made a big splash when it launched in spring 2021, but it’s been two long years without updates since then. There is some good news for Apple fans, however, as a new iMac is apparently upon us.

That’s according to a new report from Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, who claims that the next iMac is undergoing production tests as we speak. This stage of development (known as engineering validation testing, or EVT) means that the product is about to be launched.

Although Gurman said the iMac likely won’t enter mass production for at least three months, it’s still the best iMac news we’ve heard in a long time. Considering the production schedule, Gurman believes that the next iMac will start shipping in the second half of 2023 at the earliest.

So, what can we expect when the new iMac hits store shelves? Gurman’s report explains that it looks very similar to the current M1 iMac, at least on the outside. That means the same 24-inch display size and the same range of bright chassis colors, ensuring that it will continue the design language built on the existing model.

The M3 chip is coming

A man sitting at a table in front of an M1 iMac.  Behind her is a large glass window and a set of shelves holding books, plants and ornaments.
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Inside, however, things can be very different. Not only does Gurman believe that Apple will redesign the computer’s internals, but it will be equipped with a more powerful Apple silicon chip to give it a noticeable performance bump.

At the moment, however, we don’t know what the chip is. The leading contenders are the M2 and the yet-to-be-released M3, which is the first Apple chip made with a 3-nanometer process that can bring next-generation performance and efficiency. The M3 makes the most sense because of the other products Apple has on its horizon.

In that regard, Gurman says that Apple is also preparing to release a new Mac Pro, as well as an updated 13-inch MacBook Air and a new 15-inch MacBook Air. . The latter two will almost certainly come with an M3 chip. That’s because the current MacBook Air is already equipped with an M2 chip and it doesn’t make sense for Apple to split the MacBook Air line into two models with two different chips.

The Mac Pro and the two MacBook Air laptops are expected between “late spring and summer,” according to Gurman, which means Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is a possibility. That’s before the new iMac is expected to arrive. If the MacBook Air models actually have an M3 chip, that’s a strong indication that the later iMac will also come with the M3.

No mention of the iMac Pro

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The report says that aside from these new Macs, Apple is also planning a new iPad Pro with an OLED display and M3 chip in the first half of 2024, with the M3 Pro and M3 Max MacBook Pros also due in 2024. In 2025, Gurman claims Apple may launch the first MacBooks with OLED displays and touchscreen panels.

Notably absent from all the talk of a new iMac, however, is the iMac Pro. Gurman did not mention the larger 27-inch model that has been rumored in recent months. Not all industry experts believe a new iMac Pro is on the way – does this mean Gurman is skeptical too?

Whatever the truth, it looks like Apple has a lot planned for its Mac range. If Gurman is right, we’ll see the first M3 Mac in just a few months, ending the long wait for a new iMac.

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