Apple Not Planning to Launch Larger-Screened iMac

Apple has no plans to release a larger-screened iMac, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Citing unspecified sources with knowledge of Apple's product pipeline, the site says that Apple will not be introducing a bigger ‌iMac‌ "in the near future."

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With the launch of the Mac Studio, Apple discontinued the Intel-based 27-inch ‌iMac‌, creating some confusion about the future of the iMac line. Apple confirmed to Ars Technica that the 27-inch ‌iMac‌ "has reached end of life," indicating the company has no intention of releasing a refreshed 27-inch model to go along with the 24-inch ‌iMac‌.

Despite the discontinuation of the 27-inch ‌iMac‌, there have been rumors of a larger-screened ‌iMac‌ Pro that could be in development, but at least some of those rumors may have been mixed up with the Studio Display. Display analyst Ross Young this week said that what his sources thought might be an ‌iMac‌ Pro was actually a "Studio Display Pro" that's coming later in the year, perhaps alongside the Mac Pro.

Young no longer believes that an ‌iMac‌ Pro is coming this summer, and 9to5Mac's information seems to agree with that take. The site says that Apple "currently has no plans to release new high-end versions of its all-in-one desktop for now," though there is a 24-inch M2 version of the ‌iMac‌ that's set to come out in 2023.

Other sources continue to suggest that we might see an ‌iMac‌ Pro at some point. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said last Sunday that an ‌iMac‌ Pro would come out in 2023, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claims that Apple is still developing an ‌iMac‌ Pro.

It is not clear how an ‌iMac‌ Pro would fit into the Mac lineup now that the more powerful Mac Studio exists, and it's looking more and more like we might not be seeing a new larger-screened ‌iMac‌ in 2022. For now, Apple suggests that customers who want a powerful desktop machine invest in the ‌Mac Studio‌, which is priced stating at $1,999, while those who want an all-in-one machine can opt for the 24-inch ‌iMac‌.

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goobot Avatar
30 months ago
Apple would rather sell a monitor for the same price
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Achiever Avatar
30 months ago
This is curious for two reasons. First, Apple's store still lists "iMac 24"". If that was the only size iMac they are putting in their lineup, what is the point of identifying it by its size? Second, the Mac Studio doesn't serve the same market as the 27" iMac did, given the significant price difference between purchasing the Studio with Display versus just the iMac, plus the fact that many iMac users are looking for an all-in-one solution. Personally, I prefer to have my computer behind the screen and not another component with more wires on my desk. I have been waiting on a 27"-30" iMac since the M1 was introduced.

At this point there are so many stories out confirming this decision that it would seem to be true, but it is a real disappointment and a head scratcher.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
madebybela Avatar
30 months ago
I can believe that maybe its not possible for them to fit in a cooling solution that's satisfactory in a thin iMac enclosure for the M1 Max or M1 Ultra. Especially as these chips will only get more and more powerful as the years go by.

That being said, they NEED to have an M1 Pro desktop solution. Whether that be in the Mac mini or 24" iMac. Because right now you have "consumer" devices and industry-grade "pro" devices with a $1000+ price gap. You could just say "get the Mac Studio" but there's a lot of industries where that power is probably overkill and its hard to justify paying extra for power you wont use. M1 Pro is definitely the sweet spot.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac Fly (film) Avatar
30 months ago

I personally don't see what an iMac has to offer over a Mac Mini / Mac Studio + external display solution, but people still seem to love the iMac.
All-in-one.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
30 months ago
Guess apple thinks Studio covers all those bases.

I agree with them.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
30 months ago
iMac is Steve Jobs's baby. His legacy will live on forever through an iMac. For now, Apple wants people to focus on purchasing the Mac Studio. It also comes down to how good Mac Studio will do. Sales wise!

Next year it will be a different story. Apple will release a new lineup of an iMac. Preferably 30" iMac. ?



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Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)