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Apple Hints at October Surprise with Imminent 24-Inch iMac Release

Apple is gearing up for a potential October surprise with rumors of a new 24-inch iMac release, ending a lengthy chip drought for the popular desktop.

Apple 24-Inch iMac

Apple aficionados, it's time to get excited. The long-awaited release of the 24-inch iMac may be just around the corner, with rumors swirling about a surprise announcement. Mark Gurman, renowned Apple analyst, has hinted at an impending launch, setting the stage for an October unveiling.

Gurman's latest newsletter for Bloomberg's Power On speculates that the 24-inch iMac could make its grand entrance as early as October 30th. This comes after a prolonged wait since the introduction of the M1 iMac in the first half of 2021. While Gurman has not explicitly mentioned the chip, he has previously suggested that the refresh might feature the M3 chip.

According to Gurman, Apple is preparing for a Mac-centric product launch at the end of this month. A closer look at the available order timelines reveals that the iMac and select MacBook Pro models are not expected to ship until November. Gurman views this, in conjunction with Apple's earnings announcement in November, as a compelling sign that something significant is brewing in Cupertino.

While the 14- and 16-inch Pro laptops were revamped in January, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has not seen an update for over a year. Similarly, the iMac has been on the same chip for nearly three years, creating heightened anticipation for a fresh release.

As for what's to come in the Mac lineup, Gurman anticipates the next MacBooks to primarily feature internal upgrades and potentially minor improvements to displays. The real game-changer could be the arrival of the iMac Pro in 2025, followed by OLED MacBook Pros in 2026, likely bringing with them updated designs and an array of new features.

So, Apple enthusiasts, mark your calendars, as the October surprise could be just days away, heralding a new era for the iconic 24-inch iMac.