The iMac saw a big redesign in 2021, with Apple unveiling the colorful new 24-inch iMac back in April. Looking ahead to 2022, however, there is still a lot of focus on the iMac, particularly as the 27-inch iMac awaits its turn to transition away from Intel chips to Apple Silicon.
Head below as we recap everything we know so far about what Apple has planned for the iMac in 2022…
The current iMac lineup
Currently, Apple sells two different iMac models: the 24-inch iMac powered by the M1 chip and the 27-inch iMac powered by Intel. Over the course of 2021, Apple actually significantly simplified the iMac lineup by discontinuing the 21.5-inch model as well as the iMac Pro.
The 24-inch iMac in 2022
Even though the 24-inch iMac was just introduced in April, it’s still possible that Apple rolls out a spec bump to it sometime in 2022. If this is on Apple’s roadmap, there are essentially two possibilities.
First, Apple could update the 24-inch iMac with new and more powerful configuration options, including the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that are featured in the latest MacBook Pros. This would be a great way for Apple to make the 24-inch iMac more powerful while also retaining the entry-level model with the M1 chip and a more affordable starting price.
Alternatively, and perhaps more likely, Apple could update the 24-inch iMac with the M2 chip in 2022. Currently, rumors indicate that Apple plans to unveil the first M2-powered Mac sometime by mid-2022 in the form of a completely redesigned MacBook Air. Alongside the M2 MacBook Air, Apple could also spec-bump the iMac with the same M2 chip inside. This makes sense as the current MacBook Air and iMac are both powered by the same M1 chip.
But there is always the possibility that Apple doesn’t have any updates to the 24-inch iMac on its roadmap for 2022. The M1 iMac is incredibly powerful and capable as it stands today, and it might make sense for Apple to put its attention elsewhere.
The 27-inch iMac in 2022
More importantly, however, Apple is also rumored to be updating the 27-inch iMac in 2022. As it stands today, the 27-inch iMac is outdated – not only because of its Intel processors inside, but also because of its last-generation design that has gone largely unchanged for the last decade.