October beginning to slip away, and to date, all we’ve gotten was a really confusing Apple Pencil, despite rumors of iMacs and iPads. Well, it feels like that latest 24-inch iMac is on its way this month in spite of everything. Mark Gurman thinks so, having written in his Power On newsletter for Bloomberg today that it’s coming very soon — as early as October thirtieth, in truth. That would end, as Gurman notes, an over 900-day drought because the M1 iMac launched in the primary half of 2021. While he didn’t specify the chip today, he has previously predicted this refresh would put an M3 chip in the brand new iMac.
Gurman writes that he was “told that Apple is planning a Mac-centered product launch around the top of this month.” He adds that in case you attempt to order the iMac, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and either of the opposite higher-end Pro models, several of their configurations aren’t shipping until November. Gurman calls this, and the proven fact that Apple is posting its earnings in November, a “clear sign” that something is afoot in Cupertino. As he says, the last time Apple held off on discussing this quarter’s earnings until after October, it had just held a Mac and iPad announcement.
As Gurman acknowledged, the 14- and- 16-inch Pro laptops were refreshed in January, in order that they should still be on a 2024 release timeline, nevertheless it’s been over a yr because the 13-inch MacBook Pro was updated, and the iMac, again, is creeping toward its third yr on the identical chip.
At the top of the subscriber version of Power On, Gurman responded to a reader’s query asking if he thinks the subsequent MacBooks will see changes beyond internal upgrades. He says he doesn’t expect significant differences aside from processors and maybe “minor improvements to displays,” but predicts the subsequent real change will probably be a latest iMac Pro in 2025, then OLED MacBook Pros in 2026, probably with updated designs and features.
Update October twenty second, 2023, 9:55AM ET: Updated to notice that Gurman didn’t specify which chip this rumored iMac may have.