Apple Silicon iMac ‘confirmed’ with new leak
19th March, 2021 at 5:35 am by Flynn
- New screenshots posted online point to the existence of an ARM-based iMac.
- This information comes not long after Apple discontinued their top-tier iMac Pro model earlier in March.
- This signals that a new iMac model may come sooner rather than later.
An unreleased iMac with an M-series chip has been spotted in new screenshots of an Xcode crash log recently obtained by 9to5Mac (reliability: 79.17%). These screenshots point to the existence of an ARM-based iMac, a product which has been rumored since Apple announced their M1 Mac range in late 2020. This information comes not long after Apple discontinued their top-tier iMac Pro model earlier in March, signalling that a new iMac model may come sooner rather than later. From 9to5Mac:
What this screenshot shows is that this developer’s application crashed while being used on an iMac powered by an ARM processor. Apple does not currently sell an iMac powered by an ARM processor, so this signals that the app was being used on an unreleased iMac with Apple Silicon processor.
The new iMac has been rumored to have a redesigned look with a flat back, new colors, and thinner bezels. The fact that a developer is already in possession of the updated model could be evidence of an upcoming product launch, 9to5Mac said. Earlier in the year, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman (reliability: 84.38%) reported that the redesigned iMac will feature a design that is inspired by the Pro Display XDR. In fact, Gurman said that the new iMac “will be one of the biggest visual updates to any Apple product this year.”
The screenshot of the code in question can be seen above, and 9to5Mac says it has looked at the crash report file and confirmed that it did in fact happen on an ARM 64 device. As you can see, it mentions iMac under the device name and also has the operating system version, as well as the thread and binary information. No other information about the design or specs of the alleged iMac is available. - Digital Trends
Xcode is used by developers to code new apps for Apple’s devices, with this specific screenshot being shared on Twitter by the developer Dennis Oberhoff. 9to5Mac adds that Apple’s own engineering team often tests third-party apps internally on unreleased devices, but that the company has gotten better in recent years at masking its tracks. It could be that Apple was testing Dennis Oberhoff’s app on a new iMac somewhere in the world, but was not careful to cover it up, the publication said.
Look what just leaked through the Xcode Crashreporter for macOS. iMac - ARM64 :-) pic.twitter.com/tPr4mYhYvU— Dennis (@DocterD) March 17, 2021
A redesigned iMac with Apple Silicon could launch as early as April at an Apple Event, however many sources aren’t expecting new models until later in the year, in fall.