The iMac 2021 may sound faster than you think. When Apple discontinues the products, it is a sign of one of two things: either the product is no longer popular and is on its way to scrapheap, or the company acknowledges that it is due to an update and stops building stock in preparation for the next version.
For the iMac, it feels like option two is more likely, and MacRumors has discovered that Apple has reduced the number of configurations available on the 21.5-inch version. 512 GB and 1 TB SSD configuration of the hardware is no longer available, giving buyers the less appealing choice of either a 256 GB SSD or 1 TB Fusion Drive SSD / HDD hybrid.
Rumors of a redesign of the iMac from 2021 have been circulating for some time, with the promise of a bold new look inspired by the Apple Pro Display XDR, with a flat back, reduced borders and removal of the metal hook. If it sounds a little strict to your liking, rumor has it that Apple will offer the hardware in a range of more playful colors, in something of a flashback to the colorful iMac G3 range.
Of course, the expected changes are not just skin deep, and the real star of the show will probably be the switch away from Intel processors and towards the company’s own Apple Silicon. The Apple M1 chip, which powers the recent MacBook Pro M1, MacBook Air M1 and Mac mini M1i hardware, has seriously impressed reviewers with performance and low power consumption, and rumor has it that the iMac will get the same upgrade, even though Intel configurations are still available for those who depend on older software compatibility.
Just last week, a crash report generated in DaftCloud pointed to the existence of an ARM-based iMac, so it looks like some hardware configurations are currently being tested – but that doesn’t mean we’re just looking at an iMac with a first-generation Apple M1 chip Silicon Mac machines. According to a Bloomberg report from December, Apple is testing a chip design with “as many as 32 high-performance cores” to ensure that it can meet all performance requirements.
Given the 21.5-inch iMac as a more entry-level Apple desktop with a price to match, the new version may come with somewhat less ambitious driving stuff. But since it looks like Apple is discontinuing production of the current generation of iMac models, hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.