Apple Expected to Launch Next-Gen iMac in H2 2023, New MacBook Air Variants Expected
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims in his latest PowerOn newsletter that Apple is preparing to release its next line of laptops and desktops, including a redesigned iMac.
The next generation of Apple’s desktop computers, the iMac, is now undergoing production tests and is at a stage of development known as engineering validation testing (EVT).
The 24-inch screen size that is offered on the present model, which was unveiled in April 2021, will remain a feature of the next iMac. The variants that are currently being tested also have the same colour scheme as the present iMac, which consists of blue, silver, pink, and orange.
There will be a new M-series processor to replace the M1 in the upcoming iMacs, which will of course be more powerful. There will also be some adjustments made in the background. The production technique for mounting the iMac’s stand is changed, and the machine will have some of its internal components moved and modified.
While the “J433” and “J434” dubbed new iMacs are nearing the end of development, mass manufacturing isn’t anticipated to begin for at least three more months. It indicates that at the earliest, it won’t ship until the second part of the year.
Apple Rumored to Launch New MacBook Variants This Summer
In addition to the iMac, Mark Gurman predicts that Apple will introduce three other Mac models between late spring and summer.
These three models are most likely the first 15-inch MacBook Air (codenamed J515), the first Mac Pro with in-house Apple processors (J180), and a 13-inch MacBook Air refresh (J513).
Gurman said that it is “plausible” that at least the next 13-inch MacBook Air would come with the as-of-yet-unannounced M3 processor. The chip is claimed to be made using TSMC’s most recent 3nm manufacturing process for increased performance. The M2 processor, which is built on a 5nm technology, powers the current 13-inch device, which was introduced in July 2022.
Gurman withheld information on whether the M3 processor would also be included in the 15-inch MacBook Air. An M2 chip-equipped 15-inch model, he said, “may still excite consumers,” but it would “quickly become outdated” given the M3 chip’s impending release. The 15-inch MacBook Air will reportedly use an M2 chip, according to a report from Taiwanese supply chain newspaper DigiTimes last month.
The story also briefly considers the years to come, with Mark remarking that Apple may release the M3 Pro and M3 Max for the MacBook Pro computers in 2024 as a follow-up to this year’s M3. The iPad Pro with OLED panels and the M3 may also be released in the first half of 2024.
Moreover, Mark anticipates “even more exciting Mac upgrades to come as early as 2025” in only two years. It may be the first MacBook from Apple to include an OLED display and a touch screen, as he had previously stated.