The Larger All-In-One Model from the IT Behemoth was Recently Retired
The 27-inch iMac, which might be introduced as early as next year, appears to be the next Mac in need of a substantial overhaul after Apple revamped its MacBook Pro range earlier this week.
Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, provided the most recent news on the imminent iMac update, posting a forecast on Twitter and later sharing some further information with MacRumors.
While Yang first predicted that the new device would be an affordable stand-alone display, he later changed his mind and now believes it would be an enhanced 27-inch iMac.
When Apple released the Mac Studio and 5K Studio Display, the 27-inch iMac was retired, although reports earlier this year claimed that a replacement was in the works. However, according to 9to5Mac, Apple has no plans to manufacture an all-in-one iMac larger than 24 inches anytime soon.
If this is correct, it means we won't be seeing a 27-inch machine with an M1 processor anytime soon the recently discontinued iMac still utilizes Intel chips. Apple is also said to have no plans for a bigger iMac with an M1 Pro, Max, or Ultra processor.
We're also unlikely to see one with Apple's M2-powered MacBooks, which are slated to arrive later this year. The tip came from the same source that notified 9to5Mac about the pro-level Mac Studio and the Studio Display before they were introduced, according to the publication.
The 24-inch model with M1 processor, which was released last year, is currently the only iMac available directly from the Apple Store online. According to the report, the tech giant is working on a new 24-inch all-in-one computer that will be released in 2023. However, like the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it will most certainly remain one of Apple's (relatively) low-cost options, lacking the company's high-end processors.
According to Yang, the improved 27-inch iMac will come with a new XDR brand small display and Apple's ProMotion technology, which allows for adjustable refresh rates ranging from 24Hz to 120Hz.
With the current 27-inch iMac being the only remaining Apple MAC computers still running on Intel processors rather than home-grown Apple silicon, it's safe to assume that the new 27-inch iMac will also get a new M1 endorsement or M1 Max chip, even though no other specs were mentioned at the young age. Furthermore, Apple delivered a new display, M1 chip, and other updates to the 24-inch iMac earlier this spring, so it's not surprising that the rest of the iMac family will be upgraded early next year.
Yang stated that, in addition to the planned 27-inch iMac, Apple may offer a stand-alone 27-inch monitor later in 2022 (please, Apple), and that the company will update other products with the new mini-monitor.