“Some viewers took this to mean there would be no new iMac Pro with chips on par with the MacBook Pro or Mac Studio. I don’t think that’s the case. I still strongly believe a larger iMac with Apple’s pro chips is in development—but I don’t think it, nor the next Mac Pro, are coming anytime soon. The company’s statement is still technically true: The Mac Pro will be the last new Mac to get Apple Silicon. That’s because the iMac Pro doesn’t actually exist as a product. How can Apple update something that isn’t available? The Intel 27-inch iMac was just discontinued, and the previous iMac Pro was killed off a year ago,” Gurman says
Sam’s take: I’m extremely split on this because I can fully see Apple going either direction here. In one hand, the iMac is an iconic line and situates itself as a good middle-ground between a MacBook Pro and Mac Pro. On the other, that’s precisely where the Mac Studio and Studio Display sit now, too. But the iMac, as an all-in-one, is an iconic brand at this point that so many people know and love. Yet you could argue that’s why the 24-inch colorful iMac exists, though…
The rumor: Apple is planning to drop new Macs multiple times in 2022, according to Mark Gurman (85.5% accurate, via Power On).
“I don’t believe the iMac Pro launch is too distant either. While we’ll get new Macs in March, I’m told Apple is already gearing up for another round of Mac releases around May or June” Gurman says
Gurman suggests the new Mac Pro could debut around this time (at WWDC) and ship later in the Fall
Sam’s take: More and more, Apple’s Silicon releases are looking like regular, scheduled updates each year…rather than the incredibly sporadic releases we became accustomed to in the past. I’m here for it.
The display will be a 27-inch Mini-LED panel, but it won’t have as many dimming zones as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro or new MacBook Pros
Our take: Usually when something sounds too goo to be true…it probably is. While this was, absolutely, the thing I was most looking forward to seeing this Spring, we’ll still be getting a new iPhone SE, iPad Air and Mac mini in just a few months.
The rumor: Apple is planning a special variation of the M1 Max chip for the next iMac Pro, according to dylandkt (77.5% accurate).
In addition to the standard M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that Apple will place inside the redesigned 27-inch iMac, there may also be a more powerful 12-core CPU option available (only a 10-core CPU is available now)
Dylan notes that this chip will be intentionally “targeted towards pros”
Our take: Faster, Pro Apple Silicon this Spring sounds almost too good to be true…but Dylan’s track record for Apple Silicon leaks is simply unbeatable at this point. If this 12-core CPU option does ship this Spring, it will absolutely be the final straw for any remaining Apple Silicon holdouts. But what will they call it? Because they’re running out of superlatives. Introducing…M1 Maxer?
The rumor: New versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro are coming in 2022, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On).
This is what’s expected…
“Revamped, high-end iMac with Apple silicon to sit above the new 24-inch model”
“Biggest MacBook Air revamp in the product’s history, adding the M2 chip and a new design”
“New versions of the Mac mini, entry-level MacBook Pro and a revamped Mac Pro with Apple silicon”
Our take: Next year Apple has said they will complete their 2-year transition from Intel to Apple Silicon so this tracks. Looking like 2022 will, potentially, be the biggest year for the Mac ever. And I want all of it.
Similar look to new 24-inch iMac and Pro Display XDR
Internally being called “iMac Pro”
27-inch 120Hz ProMotion Mini-LED display
Face ID in testing
Base model specs: 16GB RAM, 512GB storage
M1 Pro and M1 Max chips (additional configuration may be happening)
SD card slot
Ethernet port built into power brick
Starting price at or over $2000 USD
Release in the first half of 2022
Our take: Everything about the new, larger iMac redesign sounds exactly like what I’ve been asking for…I just wish the screen was getting larger than 27-inches. After using the Pro Display XDR for a week or two now, I’ve fallen in love with 32-inches of screen real estate and I would LOVE to see this on the next iMac.
The rumor: Apple is not updating the 27-inch iMac to Apple Silicon until sometime next year, according to dylandkt (81.3% accurate).
The larger iMac delay reportedly comes because Apple doesn’t want the 2021 M1X products to complete for attention and due to other delays in product releases
Apple’s next ‘iMac Pro’ could have a screen larger than 30 inches and an M1X or M2 chip inside
Our take: While this is super disappointing as someone who was planning to use this larger iMac as my main computer, at least we are getting some M1X devices later this year. A redesigned iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro launching at once would definitely be a lot, and Dylan definitely makes a good point in his tweet below.
Our take: With the iMac Pro no longer being sold and updated Magic accessories announced, these didn’t really make much sense anymore. I’m sure we’ll see new color-matched accessories to replace these when we get the new iMac Pro later this year…