M3-powered iMac reportedly on the cards for later this year

  • Apple is reportedly working on a new M3 chip to power its upcoming devices.
  • The first to feature the 3nm chip could be the iMac, with a debut anticipated for later this year.
  • New MacBook notebooks are also expected for refreshes this year.

Ever since Apple moved its chip design and manufacturer in-house, the company’s silicon foundry has not slowed down when it comes to new offerings. The latest could be released this year, and may feature in an all-new iMac too.

This according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who explained some of the upcoming plans from Apple in his weekly Power On newsletter. To that end, sources close to the subject have informed Gurman that the new M3 chip will feature a 3nm architecture, as well as being significantly more powerful than its M2 predecessor.

Gurman also notes that the new iMac is not expected to begin shipping until the latter half of 2023, so there will be a wait before we can see what the M3 chip can do. As for colour options on the new iMac, they are said to be similar to the current offering, namely Blue, Silver, Pink, and Orange, as Apple looks to stick with the kaleidoscopic colourways on this particular product lineup .

With the previous iteration released in 2021, the iMac is due for a refresh, which could include a redesign for the stand mechanism, which has not changed much in recent years.

Along with a new iMac, Gurman’s report also makes mention of some other Mac devices, with a 15″ MacBook Air slated for 2023, along with upgraded versions of the 13″ MBA and 13″ MacBook Pro with an M2 Ultra chip.

It is unclear whether the 15″ MacBook Air would receive the M3 chip, especially as an M2 MBA was released last year, but the prospect of an thinner, lighter notebook with larger display and the latest silicon from Apple is an interesting proposition indeed.

For now though, we will have to wait for official word from Apple on its notebook, desktop PC, and chipset aspirations for the coming year.

[Source – Bloomberg]


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