Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021, 17:08 Mac: Hardware

Rumours – New iMac 27" In The Spring Of 2022?

The complete switch from Intel to in-house chips should be complete by the end of 2022. At least, this has been reported countless times in the past, and Tim Cook officially stated as much towards the end of Monday's "Unleashed" event. There's currently a noticeable gap in Apple's lineup when it comes to the iMac 27". After the presentation of the latest MacBook Pro with considerably improved performance, thanks to the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, an Intel iMac just isn't a good option anymore.

The first configuration of the entry-level 27" Intel iMac for US$1,799 isn't even capable of outperforming the 13" MacBook Pro with M1. Neither is the second tier configuration; no, users will have to customize a 3.8 GHz 3rd tier 27" iMac to purchase a current-gen 27" desktop iMac faster than the 13" MacBook Pro with M1. That also means paying over US$3,000. However, the disparity between what, until recently, has historically been a larger, more powerful machine and its smaller laptop counterparts has been made even more apparent with the release of the MacBook Pro 14" and 16". Hope could be on the way, though, and even sooner than expected.

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As Early As March 2022?
Current information points towards the possibility of an Apple Silicon iMac 27" seeing a release in the first quarter. Thus, the iMac 27" could soon take after its 24" little brother with its very own M-chips. Until now, most reports haven't foreseen a release until the end of 2022 and have presumed that the 27" iMac would use the same chips as the not-yet-released Apple Silicon Mac Pro. There were also talks of the display size increasing by 3" up to 30".

ProMotion Display & MacBook Pro Chips?
Well-known market expert Ross Young, Apple could present the new iMacs in just a few months. However, he expects them to rely upon the same measurements as the current generation, with one change to the display – the arrival of MiniLED. ProMotion with variable image rate (24 - 120 HZ) is almost assuredly on its way as well. Young does not claim what type of processor Apple will use. There are two theoretical options, first, an M2 chip; second, the performance M1 chips from the MacBook Pro 2021. We're much likelier to see an M1 Pro or M1 Max than an M2, given that Apple typically doesn't release performance variants for a new generation of chips until after the standard generation has been introduced. The M2 is expected next spring in the MacBook Air, and it's unlikely that a performance variant will be available by that point in time.

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