New iMacs with Apple Silicon will soon become a reality. Recently, 9to5Mac found references to new models in the latest macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta, while Apple discontinues some 21.5-inch iMacs also indicating that an update is coming.
Since Apple redesigned the iMac in 2012 with an ultra-thin side profile and removed SuperDrive, it has introduced only a few adjustments, such as SSD storage options, Nano texture glass and 1080p FaceTime camera.
Fortunately, for 2021, Apple has rumored to be working on a redesign inspired by the Pro Display XDR. Here is what we expect from the new design:
- A flat back that replaces the current curved design on the back of the iMac
- No more chin at the bottom
- Slimmer frames around the screen
- “Similar” to Pro Display XDR
With this in mind, rumors suggest that Apple is developing a 24-inch iMac to replace the 21
When it comes to performance, all we know right now is what Bloomberg reported in December:
Bloomberg says Apple is working on successors to the M1 with up to 20 CPU cores, which consist of 16 high-performance cores and 4 efficiencies. In 2021, the company is expected to launch ARM versions of the newer MacBook Pro, “both entry-level and advanced iMac desktops”. An ARM Mac Pro is scheduled to follow in 2022.
Apart from that, we could see some differences in the options for storage, RAM and screen resolution on these models. It is also unlikely that Apple will reintroduce the iMac Pro with an Apple Silicon chip, as it has been phased out and feature differentiation can be challenging for Apple.
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