Apple had been rumored to be working on a new 24-inch iMac that would use the upgraded M3 chip, but a new report claims that while the refreshed iMac will arrive soon, it won’t have the M3 chips after all.
That’s according to MacOtakara, the Japanese Blog that has a hit-and-miss record with these things.
That report claims that the newly updated iMac will come with M2 and M2 Pro chips inside as well as support for Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.3. The report also notes that the current M1-powered 24-inch iMac is hard to come by, with some international Apple Stores quoting weeks-long delivery times. However, the suggestion that M2 series chips will be used goes against everything we’ve heard to date.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman ahs said repeatedly that we should expect an M3 version of the 24-inch iMac in the future, although the timing of its release has had a question mark over it for some time.
Supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had warned everyone not to expect any M3 MacBooks to arrive this year, but the iMac isn’t a MacBook which might have left the possibility of a launch before 2023 comes to an end.
It was thought that the 24-inch iMac would be one of the first machines to use new 3nm M3 chips, but if it is going to use M2 and M2 Pro silicon instead, we might be waiting longer or M3 variants than we had first thought.