The new 27-inch iMac may hit the market soon, but don’t expect it next week

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The redesigned 24-inch M1 iMac brings a slim, flat silhouette similar to the iPad Pro. Will his bigger siblings also give up the convex spine?

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Apple is expected to release many new devices this year and possibly an updated one 27-inch iMac and Mac Pro will be among them. These are the last Macs Intel is still running on. And given two-year term Apple has decided to switch from using third-party processors to its own silicon chips, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see some Apple versions in 2022.

While we don’t know many details, my guess is that the new 27-inch iMac model will be announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference this year, which usually happens in early June. If there are any new or unique features Apple plans to add as part of the annual operating system update, software developers must find out first.

When will the new iMac be announced?

Though Apple’s first event in 2022 confirmed on March 8usually customs display expert Ross Young thinks he will be pushed off his preliminary estimate for the beginning of this year to debut between June and August since he does not see the panels to be shipped before June.

I think a later date, whatever the reason, makes more sense, as a significant upgrade to a high-end system like this won’t fit the lower end of what Apple’s usual announcements at the beginning of the year were. There are always new features in the operating system that Apple likes to highlight at WWDC, and it will likely want a flagship system like this to show them off.

What screen will it have and how big will it be?

So far, this looks like the first rumors of a mini-LED backlight display – the same type that Apple has used in many of its other products, such as the MacBook Pro. iPad Pro and iPhone 13 – according to Young, will remain relevant. Like these other products, this will likely have a ProMotion display with a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz.


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I’ve seen scattered complaints about “fewer zones” for backlighting as this means less granular control over local dimming in HDR and therefore potentially a poorer experience. But really bright LED backlights of 1000 nits or more generate a lot of heat. A lot. So, to be able to cool the display (and all the other heat-generating components Apple stuffs into it) and keep it thin, it would likely require some technical feats that would raise the price. take a look at Pro XDR display: The entire back is a heatsink, much thicker than most monitors, and costs over $ 4,999.

As for how big it will be, although initial rumors hinted at 32 inches (like Pro Display XDR), for now it looks like this 27 inches will remain.

Will it be an iMac Pro?

That’s an interesting question, as the rumors of a large, refurbished iMac are unclear. MacRumors thinks that the new 27-inch iMac will simply be branded “iMac Pro” to distinguish it from the 24-inch primary sibling. It might make sense. For example, there is no longer a MacBook, only Macbook Air and MacBook Pro. (It’s also possible that Apple may brand itself apparently MacBook Pro 13 upgrade as “MacBook” and make the assumption of iMac naming debatable.) Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicts the iMac Pro may take off soon, writing that Apple is preparing for new Mac versions at the next Apple event in March and in May or June.

Given MacRumors’ expectations that what it is called will contain M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max chips that started with 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook M1 Pro at the end of 2021, however, the door remains ajar for an even higher-end Pro model with a previously reportedly 32-inch screen and probably regardless of the combination of Apple silicon processor and graphics card completely Apple Mac Pro. Original iMac Pro has been discontinued in 2021.

What else will we see?

There is no mention of other design aspects, potential features, or credible rumors of it coming in colors like the iMac 24. You can bet it will be include an improved webcam. In the end, Apple managed to get one in the 24-inch iMac.

It would be nice to see a smarter design with, for example, several Thunderbolt ports and an SD card reader on the side, a way to raise and lower the screen (maybe even rotate or rotate!), HDMI connection, user-Expandable memory and storage, and Face ID support. But I don’t have much hope of it.

When and how much?

If the announcement occurs around June, it could potentially be sent as soon as the new operating system becomes available. Young initially this is set for August at the earliest. Regarding pricing, until we know more about components and features, I can’t even guess. And I haven’t seen anyone else risking it yet.

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