According to a recent report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple may not update its 24-inch iMac until the M3 generation of chips is released, with a possible launch date at the end of 2023 or early 2024.
The 24-inch iMac was introduced by Apple in May 2021, but it has not received any significant upgrades since then. It appears that the wait for the next update could be quite long, as Apple is expected to skip the M2 generation of chips and go straight to the M3.
In his “Power On” newsletter, Gurman notes that he has not seen any evidence to suggest that a new iMac will be released until the M3 chip generation is available. This suggests that the updated iMac is unlikely to arrive until the end of 2023 at the earliest, or even early in 2024.
Apple is rumored to be shipping an M3-based MacBook Air in the second half of 2023, which would represent the fastest upgrade cycle for an Apple Silicon Mac to date. Gurman had previously indicated in April 2022 that a new iMac Pro and an M3 iMac were in the works and scheduled for release in 2023. In July, Gurman reaffirmed the likelihood of an M3-powered iMac, suggesting that a “larger-screened iMac aimed at the professional market” could use an M3 Pro or M3 Max, but noted that their arrival was still a long way off.
In summary, Apple’s 24-inch iMac update is not expected to arrive until the M3 generation of chips is released, with the launch likely to happen near the end of 2023 or early in 2024. While Apple is rumored to be shipping an M3-based MacBook Air in the second half of 2023, it remains to be seen when the updated iMac will become available.