Everything we know so far about the 27-inch Apple Silicon iMac replacement

When Apple released the Mac Studio and Studio Display at the “Peek Performance” event, the company ditched the 27-inch Intel iMac. With these two new products available, is there room for a new 27-inch iMac or iMac Pro? Here’s what we know so far.

Contents

  • Design
  • CPU and storage
  • When will the replacement for the 27-inch iMac be announced?
  • How much will the 27-inch iMac cost?
  • Wrap

Design

After Apple announced the new 24-inch iMac in 2021 with an all-new design, people expected the company to do the same with the replacement for the 27-inch iMac model.

Rumors indicated that Apple would keep the same screen size for this model but with miniLED and Promotion technology, reports DSCC.

If the company followed the trend, this new iMac would likely resemble the 24-inch model, but with muted colors, such as Silver and Space Grey.

CPU and storage

Since the M2 chip is expected to launch alongside a new MacBook Air, Apple could use the M1 Pro, M1 Max, or now the M1 Ultra with this device.

That said, the company could offer up to 128GB of RAM and up to 8TB of SSD. This Mac could add a 10GB Ethernet port and bring at least the same ports as the new MacBook Pro: HDMI, SD slot, Lightning, and USB-C.

By December 2021, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, in his Light up newsletter, said Apple was in the works for 2022 to launch a “revamped high-end iMac with Apple Silicon.” Previously, Gurman reported that the company had to postpone this iMac as it needed to focus on releasing the 24-inch iMac M1.

When will the replacement for the 27-inch iMac be announced?

“Apple will want to beef up developer support for the super-powerful Mac Pro chips, so I guess the company wants to launch this machine as soon as the WWDC event in June and ship it in the fall. A revamped MacBook Air would be a good seller holiday, so it makes sense to release it at this time of year, even though Apple originally planned to release it in late 2021 or early 2022.”

On the other hand, 9to5Mac sources say Apple won’t be releasing a 27-inch iMac replacement in the near future:

Sources said 9to5Mac that Apple currently has no plans to release a larger screen iMac in the near future. The information comes from the same sources that revealed plans for Mac Studio and Studio Display to us in advance.

(…) This applies not only to a larger screen model, but also to versions with Pro, Max or Ultra chips. According to the information consulted by 9to5MacApple is working on a new 24-inch iMac due to be introduced in 2023, but similar to the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, it’s unlikely to feature Apple’s high-end processors.

How much will the next 27-inch iMac cost?

The previous 27-inch iMac started at $1,799. Since Apple raised the price of its 24-inch iMac and the new MacBook Pros also have a higher value because they feature a miniLED display, it’s safe to assume that if Apple released this next Mac, it would start, at least $2,000.

Wrap

After rumors indicated that Apple was preparing a new 27-inch iMac replacement, that no longer seems to be the case. Although BloombergMark Gurman thinks Apple could still release a new iMac in the near future, 9to5Mac don’t think the same way the company just released the Mac Studio and the Studio Display.

While the 24-inch iMac may be more than enough for most people – and the new M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro is a killer machine – pro users can get the new Mac Studio which will be even faster but not won’t cost as much as the Mac Pro.

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