The next update to Apple’s iMac is expected to oversize the screen, with more leaks noting that an increase in panel size is on the cards for the new all-in-one. It is believed to be in the pipeline for the end of 2021, the new iMac looks set to mark the expansion of Apple Silicon, the company’s chips.
It’s certainly been a while since the iMac as we know it today has been significantly updated. The last update came in mid-2020, although it only affected internal components, with new Intel processors among other changes.
The external design, however, and the two screen sizes – 21.5 inches for the most affordable iMac and 27 inches for the most powerful version – date back to 2012. Recent leaks indicate that a more notable redesign is underway, however. This would increase the aesthetics of the Pro Display XDR, in addition to reducing the frames and cutting the “chin” of the MFP.
This is what established the leak of Apple’s l0vetodream credited to, 9to5Mac reports, with suggestions that the new iMac screen will be “really big, bigger than the biggest”. In contrast, the Pro Display XDR has a 32-inch panel. However, it is also significantly more expensive, $ 4,999 unsupported, given Retina 6K resolution and high color accuracy.
A more accessible display on the new iMac could bridge the gap. Apple could opt for the Retina 5K resolution, for example, on a 32-inch panel, giving users more space, but slightly compromising the color profiles and the Extreme Dynamic Range. In the process, it could effectively fill the gap left by the discontinued iMac Pro and the current 27-inch iMac.
All of this is expected to be the Apple Silicon, although it may well not be the same chipset as the Apple M1 found on the current Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13. Although this chipset has proved surprisingly powerful compared to its equivalents Intel’s larger size of the iMac and the potential for more active cooling – not to mention users’ most ambitious demands – could allow Apple to include an updated version.
At the same time, the iMac update may also arrive with a new Apple display. This is another thing that has been talked about in recent months, offering a more affordable option than the Pro Display XDR. The absence of a conventional replacement for the old Apple Thunderbolt Display has been a persistent source of frustration for Mac users who want a bigger screen and prefer to stick with Apple hardware, but who have instead been pointed in the direction of the troubled LG UltraFine display instead.