We've heard rumors that Apple is working on a new generation of 24-inch iMac that will ship with the M3. chip. However, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman recently reported that Apple is also planning to introduce a larger 30-inch iMac in the future. While the existence of such a computer is currently unclear, we want to know if you would buy one.
After announcing the M1 chip in 2020 and starting the transition to Apple Silicon with the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, in 2021, Apple announced the full redesigned iMac, also equipped with the M1 chip.
The current iMac features a 24-inch 4.5K display and a much thinner design thanks to the efficiency of the M1 chip. The computer is much faster than its Intel-based predecessor and features Wi-Fi 6 ports, Thunderbolt 4, and Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. It is also available in multiple colors that resemble those of the original iMac G3.
However, after the release of the M1 iMac, Apple discontinued the 27-inch iMac as well as the iMac Pro. To replace the larger version of its desktop, the company introduced Mac Studio and Studio Display in 2022.
Rumors of an M3 iMac and a new, larger 30-inch model
For some unknown reason, Apple decided not to use the M2 chip for the iMac. Nearly the entire Mac line has already been updated with the M2 and its variations, from the Mac mini to the Mac Pro. But the 2021 iMac still exists with the base M1 chip. Back in March 2022, 9to5Mac reported that Apple was not planning to release a new iMac anytime soon.
These rumors were confirmed by Gurman, who also revealed that the next version of the iMac will have the M3 instead of the M2. . But aside from the new chip, the rumors don't provide any details on any changes in terms of design or other specs.
However, Bloomberg's latest report suggests that another new iMac model is in the works, this time with more significant changes.
According to Gurman, Apple is “preliminary work” on an iMac with a display of 30 inches or more. Since the project is at a very early stage, the technical specifications of this machine have not yet been determined. This means it's not clear if this larger iMac will feature a base M3 chip or a more powerful variant like the M3 Pro or M3 Max.
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Almost certainly with pleasure.
I had two iMacs from 2012 and my current 2019. The only thing I'm missing on my old pre-2012 computer is the 30″ monitor I had.
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In the past, Apple has had two different versions of the 27-inch iMac. One of them had hardware similar to the 21-inch model, and the iMac Pro was equipped with Intel Xeon and AMD Radeon Pro processors. graphics.
Poll: Would you buy one?
Given the current line While it's hard to imagine Apple introducing a new iMac to compete with the Mac Studio and Studio Display, it seems more likely that this 30″ iMac will just be a larger version with the same or similar hardware as the 24″ model. . Think of the new 15-inch MacBook Air, which has just been introduced with the same M2 chip as its smaller version.
Still, I'm wondering if there's still room for a larger iMac. A recent CIRP study found that iMacs account for only 10% of Mac sales in the US, while MacBooks account for 77% of sales. Another report showed that even professionals are no longer interested in desktops as Apple laptops are more powerful and feature-packed than ever.
With that in mind, would you be interested in buying a 30-inch iMac or at a lower price? at least a new smaller iMac? Let us know in the survey as well as in the comments section below.