Apple Silicon iMac Potentially Surfaces in Xcode Crash Log

Apple is expected to release a redesigned iMac powered by Apple silicon later this year, and ahead of time, developer Dennis Oberhoff has discovered an unreleased ARM-based iMac in an Xcode crash log for his Mac app DaftCloud.

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Oberhoff shared the Xcode crash log on Twitter and with 9to5Mac, which took a closer look at the log and believes that it is legitimate.

DaftCloud is a third-party macOS desktop app for music sharing website SoundCloud, and it is possible that an Apple engineer was using the app on an Apple silicon iMac prototype, but this is merely speculation. The log indicates that the iMac is running macOS 11.2.1, released in early February, but no further details can be discerned.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has previously reported that a redesigned iMac with an Apple silicon chip will be released later this year. Gurman said the new iMac's design will be inspired by Apple's high-end Pro Display XDR, with slimmer bezels around the display, no metal chin below the display, and a flat back.

Earlier this month, Apple announced that the iMac Pro is being discontinued, while 512GB and 1TB SSD upgrade options are currently unavailable for the 21.5-inch iMac.

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Top Rated Comments

mw360 Avatar
3 weeks ago
I hope that developer has added "may blab on Twitter all about your secret hardware" into his app's privacy policy.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aesc80 Avatar
3 weeks ago
About time, but if we're basing it off a screen capture like this, I can make you an iMac that's running off of a sparc processor and none would be the wiser (or if you believed it, oh man you stupid)
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
3 weeks ago
I am sure that Apple has been prototyping these internally for quite some time ...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Betamagic Avatar
3 weeks ago
The device shown in Xcode's Organizer is NOT related to the crash log, but to the developer's device. I just opened the same crashlog on a MacBook Pro, and now I see 'MacBook Pro' as device.

I just checked all my crashlogs in Xcode, and they all show 'iMac' as device, when opened on an iMac. Looks like a bug or a 'privacy' feature. Some of them do also show 'ARM-64', but I think these devices are in reality one of the recent M1 Macs.



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Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Suckfest 9001 Avatar
3 weeks ago
I feel like it’s possible to spoof that sort of thing. But I mean even if an ARM iMac existed that shouldn’t surprise anyone, should it?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hagjohn Avatar
3 weeks ago
They are testing a new iMac? What? OMG... oh wait, we already knew they are getting ready for a new iMac.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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