For years, Apple’s 27-inch iMac was the company’s best desktop. The device was updated frequently with new processors and GPUs, unlike either the Mac mini or the Mac Pro, and its 5K Retina display was an excellent high-resolution screen. Its design was even the basis of the iMac Pro, an even-more-powerful desktop that Apple released to prove that it was still committed to its high-end pro users.
But the future of the big-screened iMac is currently in doubt. Following the announcement of the screen-less Mac Studio desktop today, the 27-inch Intel iMac disappeared from Apple’s online store. The 24-inch iMac is currently the only iMac referenced in the navigation bar, and all existing direct links to its 27-inch counterpart now redirect to the Mac page. Even more mystifying, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that there was only “one more” Mac that had yet to make the transition to Apple Silicon—and the system he named was the Mac Pro, not the larger iMac.
Don’t hold a funeral for the big iMac just yet. Persistent rumors from multiple sources have suggested for months that a new big-screened Mac all-in-one is in the works. According to those rumors, the device would combine a large Mini LED screen with the higher-end versions of Apple’s processors. The best information we currently have suggests that the all-in-one could be unveiled sometime in the summer, possibly at Apple’s yearly developer conference. The Apple Silicon Mac lineup has been full of surprises, from the company re-embracing chunky notebooks to the existence of the tiny Mac Studio workstation. Maybe the new large-screened iMac is the Mac Pro, or maybe Apple plans to announce some other kind of branding for it entirely.
In the meantime, users who want a powerful, large-screened Mac could pair a $1,999 Mac Studio with a $1,599 Studio Display. That combination, however, costs around twice as much as the cheapest 27-inch iMacs did. And while we do generally like the panache of the 24-inch Apple Silicon iMac, 24 inches can hardly be a true replacement for the old 27-inch version.
Apple doesn’t like to talk about unreleased products, but we’ve asked the company for any information it can give us about the 27-inch iMac’s fate, and we’ll update if we get a response.
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