A larger iMac is reportedly in the works powered by new Apple silicon

24-inch iMac in blue
24-inch iMac in blue (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple is reportedly still working on a larger iMac with new Apple silicon inside.
  • The M1 iMac comes with a 24-inch screen but we don't know how big the larger version will be.

Apple is reportedly working on a new, larger version of the new M1 iMac, likely with a new processor inside. That's according to a new report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

According to the latest issue of Gurman's Power On newsletter, Apple is working on a replacement for the old 27-inch iMac, likely growing its screen considerably. The new M1 iMac comes in at 24 inches and replaced the old Intel 21.5-inch device. It's likely we could see a new iMac around the 30-inch mark, although that is yet to be confirmed.

In terms of processor, Gurman also suggests that the new iMac will not use the M1 that powers the smaller version, instead getting something altogether more beefy. In fact, Gurman believes the machine could benefit from an as-yet-unknown M2X processor.

I absolutely still believe that a larger, redesigned ‌iMac‌ to replace the Intel 27-inch models is en route. Apple increasing the screen size of the smaller model from 21.5 inches to 24 inches seems to indicate that the 27-inch model could see a size increase as well. I don't think, however, that Apple will launch the larger model with the same M1 chip that's in the smaller model. It likely will be an M1X, the beefier version of the current ‌M1‌, or an M2X.

Externally, I'd expect the new larger iMac to get the same smaller thin, multi-colored chassis as the 24-inch model, albeit larger because of the increase in screen measurements.

Don't need a huge screen? The 24-inch iMac is a great computer and there are some iMac deals to be had if you know where to look, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.