According to rumours, Apple may be working on a revised model of the larger-screen iMac that might perhaps reintroduce the “iMac Pro” brand to set it apart from the 24-inch iMac that the company debuted in 2021.
The 27-inch Intel-based iMac was retired by Apple in March 2022, leaving just the 24-inch model. However, this does not indicate that plans for a new, larger-screened iMac have been abandoned. Though not all sources agree on the iMac’s future, some reports claim that it is still in development and may debut this year or in 2023. Apple now offers the Mac Studio and accompanying Studio Display in lieu of the 27-inch iMac.
According to rumours, a revamped larger-screened iMac may have a similar look as the Studio Display, Pro Display XDR, and 24-inch iMac. It is said to have black bezels, and if it resembles the Pro Display XDR in appearance, the bezel size may be significantly less and the bottom chin may be smaller.
The next 27-inch iMac may come in a variety of colours, much like the 24-inch model. There are no specifics on the colours Apple will utilise, but a DigiTimes article suggests that Apple intends to offer the new iMac in a variety of hues.
It would make sense for Apple to utilise a different colour palette than the one used for the 24-inch iMac, potentially in deeper tones, since the 27-inch iMac is anticipated to feature black bezels.
The following-generation iMac will probably have a mini-LED display, similar to the 2021 MacBook Pro models, for richer colours, deeper blacks, and enhanced HDR, as well as ProMotion display technology, which enables up to a 120Hz refresh rate.
A refresh rate of 120Hz would enhance common animations in macOS and enable better games and programme scrolling, such as in Safari. Some speculations claimed that the iMac’s display will be bigger than 27 inches in order to match the smaller iMac’s growth from 21.5 inches to 24 inches, however display expert Ross Young claims that it would be the same size as the present model at 27 inches.
Apple has tested Face ID for the iMac Pro, but it is not a feature that has been verified, and it is unclear whether Face ID will be included in the machine’s final iteration.
Apple is likely to include USB-C/Thunderbolt connections, an SD card slot, and an HDMI connector on the iMac, giving it a similar port layout as the MacBook Pro. Apple, as it did with the 24-inch iMac, may also include an Ethernet connector inside the power adapter.
Pro/Max M3 Chips
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the M3 Pro and M3 Max CPUs may be found in a bigger, more powerful iMac.
According to reports, Apple is internally referring to the iMac as the “iMac Pro.” If true, this might also be the moniker given to it upon launch, keeping it consistent with the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro.
Although the moniker “iMac Pro” distinguishes the 27-inch model from the 24-inch variant and makes it obvious that it employs the same “Pro” CPUs as the MacBook Pro, it is unclear how a “iMac Pro” would sit beside the more potent Mac Studio in the Mac range.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that a larger-screen iMac might debut in 2023, contrary to claims made by 9to5Mac that the company is not even considering such a device. The iMac Pro, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, is also on the way, and he thinks it’ll employ the 2023-slated next-generation M3 CPUs.
Apple is developing an M3-powered version of the iMac for the next generation, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. Although it hasn’t been said, it’s probable that the 24-inch M1 iMac will be replaced by the M3 iMac. The earliest that an M3 iMac will be released is at the end of the next year.