“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…
A new 24-inch iMac powered by M2 is said to be coming in 2023, however, as Apple plans to move forward with that line
Sam’s take: As saddened as I am to hear this…I get it. The 27-inch iMac and 27-inch Studio Display would be competing products at a price range around $1,599. I have no doubt that sometime in the future we’ll see a bigger iMac return…but I don’t think right now is then.
Ian’s Take: At first, I was very confused because a redesigned 27-inch iMac was widely expected, but it now makes sense. The upcoming 27-inch iMac will be branded as a “Pro” product, replacing the iMac Pro from 2017: Apple will no make a larger consumer-level iMac in the future. In the meantime, those looking for a larger iMac could pick up an M1 Mac mini and newly unveiled Studio Display for a similar price to the discontinued 27-inch iMac.
This new iMac is expected to drop as early as Spring 2022
Our take: I don’t buy that it’ll still be an LCD panel, considering how Apple has started to roll out Mini-LED to their other Pro devices already (ex. iPad Pro, MacBook Pro). I do buy that this is coming in the Spring and that it will come in more colors than silver, though.
A previous tweet from Young suggested that this new display would be a standalone monitor, but the report has since been updated
Our take: Looks like the redesigned, larger iMac won’t end up having a larger display after all: Young says it’s sticking at 27 inches. But ProMotion coming? This is the first we’ve heard of the feature dropping on an iMac. Normally I would be skeptical. But Young was the first source to call ProMotion on the new MacBook Pros…and we indeed got it.
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.
The rumor: Apple is planning a more powerful chip for the iMac to replace the current 27-inch model, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate, via Power On).
The new, larger iMac is still coming…but Gurman is not sure exactly when this product will be dropping
As for the processor inside, “it likely will be an M1X, the beefier version of the current M1, or an M2X”
Our take: While I was really hopeful for a 2021 release on the larger iMac, I think it’ll probably come sometime in the first half of next year. Don’t worry though, as the M1X MacBook Pro is still on track to release in Fall.
The news: A number of iMac owners have been praising the new desktop…but a few have noticed a strange issue where the monitor isn’t as level as it should be.
As noted first by YouTuber iPhonedo, his brand new M1 iMac was not mounted properly onto its stand and sits slightly crooked
Other users have also reported the issue, but it doesn’t appear to be widespread
Our take: This is…wack. Obviously, the thumbnail below is a bit exaggerated, but as can be seen in the header image: yeah, that iMac is crooked. I hope Apple will be replacing these defective units as this is pretty obviously bad.
The news: There’s a big reason that the new M1 iMac looks the way it does, according to Wired’s recent review of the all-new machine.
According to Wired’s Jeremy White, “Jony Ive was involved in the design of this new iMac, despite having left Apple back in 2019. Hardware design is a long process, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Ive’s fingerprints are all over this new desktop. But, interestingly, Apple would not confirm or deny if he worked on the 2021 iMac after he left the company – just that he had worked on it.”
Our take: This is so ridiculously obvious now that I’ve had it spelt out for me: the white bezels, the chin, the same Magic Mouse…it has Ive’s fingerprints everywhere. Really interesting that Apple wouldn’t confirm when Ive worked on the iMac, however…just that he did at some point.