A new iMac is coming, and this time the rumors suggest that Apple is finally ready to oversize the screen – oride the least released one larger version than the 27-inch screen that we are all used to.
Per MacRumors, credible leak l0vetodream tweeted this weekend: “The iMac screen is very large, larger than the largest.” This in itself may not seem like anything, but it’s important to remember that Apple has not redesigned the iMac in almost a decade. The last time we saw a design update was back in 2012. Sure, the line has seen upgraded components over the years, but otherwise the iMac has sort of stagnated in the design department, especially compared to Apple’s other products.
Back in January, Bloomberg reported that the new iMac all-in-one would likely take the designs from Apple’s Pro Display XDR display. In terms of size, that means we are looking at a possible 32-inch screen. While the 27-inch screen is considered the flagship, Apple also offers a smaller 21.5-inch version. Per Tom’s Guide, also it may be getting a bump up in size to 24 inches.
These are some important upgrades in screen real estate. This is especially true when you consider that it is rumored that the new iMacs have thinner frames. Apple will also reportedly do away with the hideous metal hook at the bottom of current iMacs, as well as shave down the curved back to a flat one. The move sounds like Apple did iPhone SE and iPhone 12 Mini. By hoisting the home button and frames, the iPhone Mini managed to push the screen size to 6.7 inches from SE’s teeny 4.7-inch screen.
Bloomberg quotes anonymous Apple sources as saying that the iMac redesign will be “one of the biggest visual updates to any Apple product this year.” And while a larger, almost frameless screen would be a marked change, it would not be everything which is different from the Pro Display XDR. Apple leaker Jon Prosser indicated in late February that the iMac would come in several colors: silver, space color, green, sky blue and pink gold. It will definitely count as a “great visual update,” and is incredibly reminiscent of the colorful iMacs from time to time, while polishing nicely with the new iPhone 12 colors. However, Prosser has a pretty hit-or-miss track record with Apple rumors, so take it with a big one salt grains.
What we do know is that the new iMacs will be the first to play Apple Silicon, which it does 2020 iMac the last one to have an Intel chip. Apple began switching from Intel-powered devices to its own ARM-based SoC last year, so it makes perfect sense to overtake the iMac’s design now. A “major visual update” will help consumers differentiate between the upcoming iMacs as part of Apple Silicon-powered time. This is reinforced by the fact that Apple has also cleared out its iMac inventory in recent weeks. Llast month, Apple discontinued iMac Pro. A few weeks later it accepted two more configurations of 21.5-inch iMac.
The rumors were hosted by Apple at a launch event in March, and were later revised April. (Alleged Apple so the rumors themselves to eradicate leaks.) There’s a small chance we could hear about the new iMacs then – although it’s more likely that Apple will roll out a new iPad Pro and Air Tags. We’ll probably have to wait a few more months before we know what the new iMacs really look like, but it’s fair to say that big changes are coming.