Will There Really Be Another iMac Pro?

After the introduction of the Mac Studio and Studio Display in Apple's product lineup, and with mixed signs of a larger Apple silicon iMac on its product roadmap, will there ever be another ‌iMac‌ Pro?

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Five years ago this week Apple launched the ‌iMac‌ Pro – presented at the time as "the most powerful Mac ever made". In March 2021, Apple announced that it was discontinuing the ‌iMac‌ Pro. By that time, the machine had been surpassed by the 2019 Mac Pro, a significant final update for the 27-inch ‌iMac‌, and the first Apple Silicon Macs. In April 2021, Apple introduced the 24-inch ‌iMac‌ as its first all-in-one desktop Mac with an Apple silicon chip. Apple discontinued the Intel-based 27-inch ‌iMac‌ in March 2022, leaving the junior ‌iMac‌ with an entry-level chip as the only all-in-one in Apple's lineup.

Display Supply Chain Consultants analyst Ross Young has said since 2021 that Apple is working on an ‌iMac‌ with a 27-inch mini-LED display with ProMotion, but rumors about this device have faded since the launch of the ‌Mac Studio‌ and Studio Display in March this year. When Apple introduced these two new machines, it lauded their "modularity" and collective positioning between the iMac and the Mac Pro. As such, the location of the ‌Mac Studio‌ in Apple's product lineup aroused suspicion that there was simply no place for a "Pro" ‌iMac‌ anymore. Other reports suggested that Apple had no plans to release an new ‌iMac‌ Pro or an ‌iMac‌ with a larger display anytime soon.

Nevertheless, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that a new ‌iMac‌ Pro model will launch in 2023 alongside a new ‌Mac Pro‌ – a rumor seemingly supported by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Earlier this year, Gurman said that Apple was continuing work on a high-end iMac model:

I also still believe that Apple is working on a larger-screened iMac aimed at the professional market. I'd imagine this will use a variation of the M3 chip, likely an M3 Pro and M3 Max. That would match the chips inside of the MacBook Pro. I don't think the combination of a Mac Studio or Mac mini plus an Apple Studio Display cuts it for many pro users who want more screen real estate.

Beyond a rumor from Young explaining that the ‌iMac‌ Pro will have fewer mini-LED zones than the iPad Pro or MacBook Pro, little else is known about what it could feature. It seems likely that a larger, ~27-inch mini-LED display with ProMotion, M3 Pro and M3 Max chip options, and a slew of ports brought over from the MacBook Pro are on the cards for the ‌iMac‌ Pro based on what we are aware of at the current time.

With Young, Kuo, and Gurman all coalescing around the idea of a new high-end ‌iMac‌, likely set to launch next year, it seems that the chances of Apple releasing a new ‌iMac‌ Pro are still relatively high, regardless of the presence of the ‌Mac Studio‌ and Studio Display.

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Top Rated Comments

Zest28 Avatar
17 months ago
27" iMac Pro = Apple Studio Display + M1 Ultra Mac Studio.

There is no 27" iMac Pro coming.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
azentropy Avatar
17 months ago
iMac Pro? No. IMac with a M(something) Pro processor? Probably.
What is really needed is just a larger inexpensive iMac.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ForkHandles Avatar
17 months ago
They’re simply is no need for all in ones for professionals these days.
There is still a need for good quality Thunderbolt displays, very few good options out there. But the laptops and studios are definitely the way forwards.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
17 months ago
Bring the iMac Pro to this world ?

I really hope Apple introduces a newly redesigned iMac Pro in 2023. Mac Studio is cool but it's just not the same all-in-one desktop user experience. ??
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
17 months ago
I would say... no.

The iMac Pro was a temporary device. It's basically just a placeholder to hold over some people transitioning from the trash can Mac Pro to the cheese grater Mac Pro. I mean after Apple redo the Mac Pro, they didn't update the iMac Pro anymore, meaning that it was just a one-time thing.

The iMac Pro made sense when it was released since at that time, Apple didn't have any newer high performing machine other than the old trash can Mac Pro. Today, we have the Mac Studio already. I don't think the iMac Pro is needed as it will only discourage people from buying the Mac Studio + Apple Studio display.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
17 months ago

you know there's an iMac you can buy, right?

If you must have a bigger screen, buy it, and use it with the studio or the mini depending on your processor requirements.
Agree with you but I want Apple to introduce the M2 Chip + 32 Inch mini-LED display with ProMotion along with the Midnight edition ?️ . However, I have a feeling Apple is not just considering options for the iMac.

I don’t really want to be investing in a separate processor. I prefer all-in-one desktop. That’s more ideal.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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