We need a revamped 24-inch iMac with a M2 processor ASAP

Now that Apple has officially unveiled the M2 processor and included it in the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, let’s hope that a 24-inch iMac with an M2 processor is coming soon.

With the Mac Studio too expensive (and, honestly, overkill) for most folks and the 27-inch iMac discontinued (for now), the two remaining consumer desktops, the Mac mini and 24-inch iMac, are behind in processing power when compared to all of the Mac laptop line-up. 

Based on what Apple revealed at this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, here’s how the M2 stacks up against the M1:

° Both the M1 and M2 are built on a 5nm architecture. However, the latter gets an additional 4 billion more transistors.

° The core count for the CPU on both the M1 and M2 boast an 8-core CPU comprised of 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores.

° However, the GPU on the M2 packs a 10-core GPU while the M1 has  an 8-core CPU.

° The M2 supports up to 24GB of LPDDR5 memory. The M1 only supports up to 16GB of unified memory.

Apple claims the M2 will have an 18% faster CPU, a 35% faster GPU, 50% more memory bandwidth, and a 40% faster Neural Engine than the M1. It also incorporates ProRes media encoding, which will speed up workflows for some creative professionals.

The 24-inch M1 iMac was released in May 2021, so it’s been over a year since it debuted. A spec upgrade would be welcome and would almost certainly help boost sales of the best-selling all-in-one.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.