Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Where's the new iMac, Apple?
NOTICE: Apple has been on track to update many of its Mac products since early 2023, with the MacBook Pro and Mac Mini seeing notable spec bumps for the new year.
The 2023 MacBook Pro – which I'm currently testing as I type this – took on new connectivity options with the M2 Max and M2 Pro chips. The Mac Mini also picked up the M2 Pro chip and a cheaper base M2 version that looks like the ultimate desktop computer for students.
Add these upgrades to a lineup that includes the fantastic MacBook Air M2 and the mighty Mac Studio and you have a solid Mac proposition. There is an outlier though, and I'm not talking about the Mac Pro Intel.
It's the iMac that has me a bit confused recently. For me, the iMac is up there with the iPhone and iPod as one of Apple's most iconic products. Some of my earliest tech memories are of using those colorful iMacs at school or playing The Sims on an iMac at home, and they remain my favorite desktop all-in-one machine.
When Apple redesigned the iMac in 2021 with an injection of color and fun that had been missing for a decade or more, I thought it would be a fresh start for the series. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the 1-inch iMac M24, finding it the perfect choice for a family or a small apartment that didn't have room for an eyesore of a machine.
It received criticism from some, especially for the limited screen movement and white bezels – but I felt these were lacking in the machine's target audience.
We're now a few years away from that dramatic update and, well, that same machine is still for sale on Apple's site for the same price. The same M1 chip is inside, and there's no option for a bigger screen or a more powerful variant.
Don't get me wrong, the M1 chipset is still very capable – but I find it a bit difficult to recommend someone spending over £1/$000 on the iMac when the Mac Mini comes with an M1 plus version newer and better for $000 / £2 and the buyer can decide what screen size they want and what accessories they choose.
The Mac Mini also improves on the iMac by offering a higher-end M2 Pro option for those who need more power. There have been iMac Pro models in the past and I see no reason why Apple couldn't offer a similar choice for the iMac – pay less for something more basic, or rack up some extra cash for a more powerful machine.
There have been rumors that Apple might be waiting for the M3 chip to upgrade the iMac, and that might not be until late 2023 or 2024, but that feels like a misstep when an iMac M2 and M2 Pro would make so much sense. .
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