I also still believe that Apple is working on a larger-screened iMac aimed at the professional market. I’d imagine this will use a variation of the M3 chip, likely an M3 Pro and M3 Max. That would match the chips inside of the MacBook Pro. I don’t think the combination of a Mac Studio or Mac mini plus an Apple Studio Display cuts it for many pro users who want more screen real estate.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is still developing an iMac with a larger display and a more potent CPU for the professional market. Gurman suggested that Apple is working on at least two iMac models, possibly employing the “M3” series of CPUs, in the most recent issue of his Power On newsletter. According to Gurman, Apple is still working on a high-end iMac model and will probably release a new 24-inch iMac in 2023 with the usual M3 chip:
In March 2021, Apple discontinued the iMac Pro, and in March 2022, it discontinued the 27-inch Intel-based version of the iMac, leaving the 24-inch iMac with the M1 chip as the only remaining iMac model. For now, Apple has effectively replaced the 27-inch iMac with the Mac Studio and its matching Studio Display and some sources claim that there is no high-end iMac in development, but Gurman is among the pundits claiming that a more powerful, larger iMac is still on the way.
Gurman previously said that the launch of the new high-end iMac “won’t be anytime soon,” and use of M3 series chips would indicate that may not emerge until 2023 at the earliest. The M3 family of chips are expected to be built on TSMC’s 3nm technology, unlike the M1 and M2, which are built using a 5nm process. The more advanced manufacturing process is expected to bring significant performance and efficiency improvements.
A 24-inch iMac with the M2 chip has been missing from Gurman’s forecast of upcoming M2 Macs on Apple’s product road map, which includes new Mac mini models with M2 and M2 Pro chips, new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, and a new Mac Pro tower with M2 Ultra and “M2 Extreme” chips. Gurman expects an updated 24-inch iMac to be among the first M3 series of Macs, which will include an updated 13-inch MacBook Air, an all-new 15-inch MacBook Air, and potentially a new 12-inch notebook that is “still in early development.”
The problem with Gurman is he has to produce these newsletters once a week now, and genuine insider info doesn’t come that fast. So half his output (at best) is based on genuine info with at least some modicum of truthfulness, while the rest is his own musings to make up virtual column inches, and we never truly know which is which until a product is (or isn’t) launched.
Sounds like bs to me. The Studio Display is 27″ (the same the old ‘big’ iMac was). If you’re a pro user for whom the missing 5″ are mission critical you can get the XDR. And if this is so important for your work, you should be able to afford the Apple Already Working On iMac With ‘M3’ Chip, iMac Pro Also Under Development But Won’t Launch Anytime Soon