27-Inch iMac Continues to See Extended Shipping Estimates Ahead of Rumored WWDC Update

With WWDC less than two weeks away, a number of MacRumors readers have noticed that shipping estimates for Apple's stock 27-inch iMac configurations are now listed as after the June 22 WWDC kickoff, leading some to believe that this is evidence of an ‌iMac‌ update coming at the keynote.

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MacRumors mockup of iPad Pro-style ‌‌iMac‌‌

While there are indeed rumors of an imminent significant update for the ‌iMac‌, perhaps at WWDC, the shipping estimates are not a reliable indicator of this. Apple has been quoting extended shipping estimates on both stock and build-to-order configurations of the 27-inch ‌iMac‌ for over a month, so current quotes are nothing new and they slip back roughly day-by-day as time passes.

It's not entirely clear why shipping estimates initially slipped, as it happened while the global health crisis was affecting supply and manufacturing chains around the world. Certain component shortages could easily have slowed Apple's ability to produce machines, but the company may also be intentionally reducing inventories ahead of new models and only building what's necessary to fulfill orders.

Notably, the 21.5-inch ‌iMac‌ is not seeing extended shipping estimates at the present time as its availability has generally held up better than for its larger sibling.

As noted in our Buyer's Guide, the ‌iMac‌ is definitely due for an update, and we've been hearing significant rumors about an imminent update. Previously reliable leaker CoinX said in March that an ‌iMac‌ update was coming "soon," while an April rumor claimed a new low-cost 23-inch iMac is coming in the second half of the year.

Mark Gurman said in late April that a "substantial" iMac update with a possible redesign would be coming later in the year, and just yesterday, Sonny Dickson claimed that a redesigned iMac with "iPad Pro design language" will be coming at WWDC.

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Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
52 months ago
In the meantime, people who want those bezels can take a photo of the area behind their iMac, cut a hole for the screen, and hang it in front.



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Score: 101 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dalekarnegie Avatar
52 months ago
New bezels and everything are great....but here's the real question: Will this thing finally support target-display-mode again? Or, once the internals are out of date, will it become another giant paper-weight?
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lostczech Avatar
52 months ago

Really curious about how this is not going to cannibalize the sales of the iMac pro considering the i9 version of the regular iMac is already pretty decent.
Just a theory, but maybe the iMac Pro was only a stop-gap until they could make the Mac Pro. I wouldn't be surprised if they silently kill off the iMac Pro
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
noobinator Avatar
52 months ago
Things I want:

-Target display mode
-Access to RAM slots for both models
-Less bezel
-SSDs only
-24 & 32"
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
puckhead193 Avatar
52 months ago
anything about iMac Pro? This will probably be faster then the current iMac Pro...
regardless this was way over due!!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freida Avatar
52 months ago
As stated elsewhere (I would expect Macrumors to keep up) the slipping has been going on for ages and its believed that the reason was the panel for 27" from the supplier. Its also believed that the reason why iMac Pro is available is because Apple prioritise that instead as it has higher margin.
With iMac refresh being imminent it also makes sense as Apple would probably have to deal with returns especially when the stores were closed and the return period got extended.
It would also be nicer reporting, if you at least went to iMac forum and took the info thats in the massive thread there as there is a lot of valuable info. That would make for far better article than this.
Sorry, but For Fusion Sake :-)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)