A larger redesigned Apple silicon-powered iMac to replace the current 27-inch Intel model is still “on the way”, according to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman.
Gurman writes in the last part of his Power On newsletter, and says that the fact that Apple recently increased the screen size of the smaller iMac from 21.5 to 24 inches, suggests to him that the 27-inch model could see a corresponding increase in size.
I still think a bigger, redesigned iMac to replace Intel 27-inch models is on the way. Apple, which increases the screen size of the smaller model from 21.5 inches to 24 inches, seems to indicate that the 27-inch model can also see an increase in size. However, I do not think that Apple will launch the larger model with the same M1 chip that is in the smaller model. It will probably be an M1X, the buffier version of the current M1, or an M2X.
Apple has been working on a larger iMac with internal processors for some time, but the development of that version was reportedly stopped to let Apple focus on releasing the redesigned 24-inch model, which was announced in April.
The 27-inch Intel models that remain in Apple’s range were launched in August 2020, indicating that they are nearing the end of the production cycle.
A new larger iMac would probably ape several changes that debuted in the latest 24-inch model, such as a thinner overall design, studio-quality microphones and of course more powerful Apple silicon processors that replace Intel.
In a separate newsletter, Gurman also slammed the idea that Apple could bring Touch ID to the Apple Watch one day. Gurman admitted that he could see the utility of Touch ID in Apple Watch to approve app and media download payments, but said he did not see it happening “anytime soon, if ever.”