Some Apple computers haven’t seen updates in quite some time, and professionals who want to buy a Mac Pro with new chips of the company’s own production are already tired of waiting. It is quite possible that Apple will present these updates quite soon.
As it became known to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, the new iMac desktops are already at the EVT stage of production (Engineering Validation Testing) and the company is already setting up production lines. The first such model was released in April 2021 and has not received any updates since then. The new models are listed under the code names J433 and J434.
This time, the small All-in-One will not change the appearance or color options of the case, and will remain at 24 inches. But it should get new M3 chips (the chip development roadmaps coincide with the arrival of new desktops) and some design improvements inside, including a new stand mount design.
According to Mr. Gurman, regardless of the final stages of development, the start of mass production of new iMacs is expected in at least three months. Therefore, they should not be expected to go on sale before the second half of this year.
But these are not all computers that the company is currently working on. Between late spring and summer, Apple plans to release at least three new computers. These could be the updated 13-inch MacBook Air (J513), the first 15-inch MacBook Air (J515), and finally the debut Mac Pro from Apple Silicon. But the chips for these models remain in question.
As for the Mac Pro, it’s already known that the manufacturer’s next professional desktop will get the M2 Ultra with 24 CPU cores, 76-core graphics and support for 192GB of RAM (if not more).
But the situation with the MacBook Air is a little less obvious:
“If those machines launch in a few months with the M2 chip, they’ll quickly become outdated. A 15-inch MacBook Air with an M2 chip may still excite consumers, but a new M2 13-inch MacBook Air is unlikely to be compelling.
So it’s plausible that Apple is gearing up for at least the new 13-inch model to be an M3 machine. That would make a lot of sense: The M2 chip was always designed as a stopgap processor ahead of the M3, which will mark the first time Apple is moving from 5-nanometer chip process technology to a 3-nanometer design in the Mac,” reflects Mark Gurman.
If the company follows last year’s schedule, it would be quite logical to present the new M3 chips along with the updated MacBook Air at the developer conference WWDC 2023. Later, the iMac can be demonstrated, and the update for professional MacBook Pro laptops can be left for next year.
By the way, it can be busy for the company. The M3 chips will also go to the iPad Pro with OLED screens. And if to go even further, in 2025 there should be really significant updates to the MacBook Pro, which will also switch to displays with OLED matrices and have support for touch controls.