New iMac, iPad Pro & Apple TV releasing on May 21

The news: While Apple previously provided launch guidance of “available second half of May,” we now have the exact launch date.

  • The updated iMac, iPad Pro and Apple TV models all launch on Friday, May 21 (pre-orders go live tomorrow at 5am PST)
  • Apple hasn’t publicly confirmed the release date yet…but it leaked in the source page code for the UK press release (nice find, 9to5Mac!)

Our take: So the new products are just under a month away. Seems like pre-ordering this round will be the way to go because there have been wide concerns about supply for both iPad Pro and iMac…

New 24-inch iMac announced with 4.5K display, M1 chip & more

The news: Apple just updated the new iMac with a radical new design and more at their April 20 event.

  • All-new design with radical changes to bezel and thickness
  • 4.5K display features higher resolution with industry-leading anti-reflectivity
  • New 1080p FaceTime camera, upgraded mics and speakers are all best-ever in Mac
  • M1 chip inside
  • Support for up to 4 USB-C ports, magnetic power cable

Apple will likely release a new iMac on Tuesday

The rumors: There is more evidence than ever that Apple plans to launch a new iMac imminently, suggested by L0vetodream (89% accurate).

  • In yet another tweet about Apple’s upcoming event on Tuesday, L0vetodream has shard a side-by-side comparison showing the colors in the invite and retro Apple logo
  • Apple’s new iMac may feature a 23-24-inch display, Apple Silicon and new color options similar to the iPad Air

Our take: As I’ve been saying for days now, I believe a new iMac is coming. Many other sources are hinting at this, as well.

Gurman: ‘Big iMac’ could feature similar processor to iPad Pro

The rumor: Apple’s next iMac may include an iPad Pro-like processor, according to Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate).

  • In a cryptic tweet, Gurman suggests that the next iMac may use “essentially the same processor as an iPad Pro”
  • A “big iMac” is also referenced, but no exact sizing has been provided…rumors suggest both a 23-inch and 30-inch+ model are in the works

Our take: While this could be baseless speculation, Gurman is known to tweet things like this when he’s heard a tidbit in the background. Plus, it adds up: Apple’s M1 chip is very similar to the A14 processor, so the next Mac chips will likely be similar to the A-series, too.

27-inch iMac likely getting new colors, larger display with 2021 refresh

The rumor: The largest 27-inch iMac is getting larger, according to L0vetodream (89% accurate).

  • Translated, L0vetodream says “The iMac’s screen is really big, bigger than the biggest one”
  • Last month, when questioned about the new iMac, the mysterious leaker tweeted out an array of colorful Apple Watch bands…suggesting that Jon Prosser’s (78.2% accurate) rumor is correct

Our take: Not new info, but coming from L0vetodream (89% accurate) this means the info is quite reliable. Again, I think this iMac is coming sooner than the Fall.

Apple references unreleased iMac models in macOS Big Sur 11.3

The leak: Apple has revealed the existence of 2 new iMac models in macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 5, according to 9to5Mac (77.2% accurate).

  • Both “iMac21,1” and “iMac21,2” were spotted in the latest update and correspond to J456 and J457, the codenames for Apple’s next desktops
  • Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate) says the new iMacs will likely be coming a bit later in 2021, but Apple has recently made a number of moves that seem to indicate a more imminent launch

Our take: This comes on the heels of references to the new iPad Pros in the latest iPadOS beta. Something tells me we won’t be waiting until Fall for these new iMacs.

Apple discontinues 21.5-inch iMac models with 512GB & 1TB SSDs

The news: Apple has just discontinued specific configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac, ahead of a rumored April event.

Our take: Even MORE evidence that at least the smaller iMac may be getting updated soon. Again, this hasn’t been suggested by credible sources yet, but all signs are pointing to the Apple Silicon iMac refresh coming shortly.

Apple confirms existence of Apple Silicon iMac in Xcode crash log

The leak: Apple has confirmed that an iMac with Apple Silicon inside is in active development, as first shared by developer Dennis Oberhoff.

  • According to 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.”
  • Apple’s redesigned iMac with Apple Silicon inside could launch as early as Apple’s rumored April special event, but sources broadly aren’t expecting the new models to drop until Fall

Our take: Another indicator that Apple may be planning to launch these new iMacs soon. No release date is confirmed yet, but I am cautiously optimistic based on previously reported timelines and the slew of iMac news lately.

New iMac is reportedly ‘ready’ and could launch any time

The rumor: The highly-anticipated iMac redesign could be releasing sooner than later, according to Jon Prosser (78.2% accurate).

  • Prosser says a new iMac is “ready” and could theoretically launch at any time…but it is not likely coming at Apple’s March 23 event
  • Other sources have suggested the new iMac would launch sometime later in 2021

Our take: I mean I’m wildly excited but skeptical at the same time. Mark Gurman (89.1% accurate) has a better track record and says that we shouldn’t expect new iMacs for a few months still. Perhaps they’re both right: one iMac model in the first half of this year and the second a bit later on.

Apple (essentially) discontinues the iMac Pro

The news: Late Saturday evening, Apple made a number of major adjustments to the iMac Pro website.

  • “While supplies last” has been added to the buy now page, and you can no longer choose between different configurations
  • Only one model remains for sale: the $4,999 base model with a 10-core Intel Xeon W processor
  • Apple is rumored to introduce new iMac models sometime later this year

Our take: As I predicted, the iMac Pro was a stopgap product for the time between late 2017 to late 2019 (when the redesigned Mac Pro was released). As much as I’d love to see a new iMac Pro in the future…for now, I think this is the end.