One of the most anticipated and rumoured Apple products in the last two years is faster and larger screen iMac but, with the release of the Mac Studio and Studio display last week, a new bigger iMac may now never be released.
Apple confirmed to Tech Guide last week that the 27-inch iMac has officially been discontinued leaving the M1-powered 24-inch iMac as your only choice for an all-in-one desktop Mac computer.
What we’ve been expecting and what’s been circulating heavily in the Apple rumour mill is the introduction of a 32-inch iMac which would be powered by Apple’s faster M1 chips.
Our thinking was that the 24-inch iMac – while being quite a powerful unit – was a family or home office computer and not really a product for an enthusiast or professional who wants a bit more performance, a larger display and a different design rather than choosing from a rainbow of colours.
Reports are already circulating that Apple may not be introducing a bigger iMac anytime soon.
What’s adding to this speculation is the launch new Mac Studio and Studio Display (which has a 27-inch screen).
The Mac desktop customer now has the choice between the 24-inch iMac, the Mac Mini (which requires a separate monitor keyboard and mouse), the Mac Studio (which will work with the 27-inch Studio Display and any other Thunderbolt compatible monitor) and the Mac Pro.
There seems to be a large gap in the middle between 24-inch iMac and Mac Mini at one end of the market and the Mac Studio and Mac Pro at the totally opposite end of the market.
That gap in the middle would be easily filled with a larger iMac which many have already dubbed the iMac Pro.
According to 9to5Mac, the iMac Pro – if Apple intends to release it – will probably not see the light of day in 2022 and would possibly not be launched until 2023.
9to5Mac said: “Apple has no plans to release a larger screen iMac in the near future” after speaking to reliable sources.
Other Apple analysts say an iMac Pro will materialise in 2023 with others saying the iMac Pro is still in development.