Tuesday, Jul 27, 2021, 16:55 Mac: Hardware

Rumors: Apple Delaying iMac 30" & 32" Release Until Next Year

The most expensive Macs currently for sale aren't necessarily the fastest devices – ironically enough. This applies most to the MacBook Pro 16" and the iMac 27" – which, in comparison to their smaller M1 counterparts, are vastly inferior. For those hoping to see both the MacBook Pro and new premium tier iMac this year, we have some bad news – it looks as if iMac customers will have to be a bit more patient than MacBook Pro customers this go-around. As of May, Bloomberg had already reported that Apple had halted the development of the new 30" and 32" iMacs in order to concentrate on fleshing out the smaller variant before release. At the same time, production limitations could have been a factor in the decision – thanks to the worldwide chip shortage.

The Strategy: All Focus On One Product
According to leaker DylanDkt, Apple's cutting the high-end iMac out of its release plan this year. This means that we'll have to wait until at least the first quarter of 2022 to see the device on the shelves. According to DylanDkt, Apple's reasoning behind the decision isn't due to delivery or supplier considerations, rather purely strategic. Although Apple's presenting the first Macs with M1X in the fourth quarter, it's intentionally delaying the iMac in hopes of negating any kind of "competition for attention" between the two products. Thus, the tech world will first receive the MacBook Pro with M1X and then the high-end iMac after some time.

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Still In Discussion – Which Chip For The Next iMac?
DylanDkt hasn't made any statements concerning the next iMac's specifications. The rumor mill is currently intensely discussing whether the next iMac will receive an M1X chip or an M2X chip. Mark Gurman brought up the possibility of the latter, sparking the discussion – according to whom, the 27" iMac's follow up should be arriving in the summer of 2022. The first M2 device should come in February 2022 in the next MacBook Air, the 30" and 32" iMacs will receive X chips on the other hand.

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