At October's Scary Fast event, Apple updated the 24-inch iMac for the first time since its 2021 release. But during the same event, Apple also downplayed the possibility of what many Mac fans have been waiting for: a larger-screen version of the iMac powered by Apple Silicon.
In In May 2021, Apple introduced the 24-inch iMac as an all-new member of the Mac family. The 27-inch iMac with an Intel processor inside lasted until the following year, but was discontinued when Apple introduced the Mac Studio and Studio Display.
This means that users who want a desktop Mac with an Apple display have a choice of Studio Display or Pro Display XDR connected to a Mac. This is a great solution for many people, but there are also people who want Apple to release an all-in-one iMac with a display larger than that of the 24-inch iMac.
24-inch iMac. The inch iMac is also limited by its performance. The machine is only available with the M3 chip, meaning Apple isn't selling all-in-one Macs with anything more powerful than the base model's processor.
During Monday's Scary Fast event, Apple's senior vice president on hardware, John Ternus tried to present the 24-inch iMac as the “perfect” replacement for the 27-inch iMac. Ternus suggested that the 4.5K resolution of the 24-inch iMac should be sufficient for 5K iMac users looking to upgrade to Apple Silicon.
“You'll love seeing everything come to life on the beautiful, large and immersive 24-inch Retina display with 4.5K resolution. It is the ideal size and resolution to replace Intel-based 4K and 5K models,” Ternus said.
“Whichever model you use, you'll appreciate the huge screen space of the new iMac display,” he explained. “With 11 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, and over a billion colors, there's plenty of room to fit all your favorite apps.”
This is an example of how Apple aims to downplay expectations from the iMac with big screen? Of course it seems so. But what do the rumors say?
Just recently, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that Apple initially planned to release a larger version of the iMac with Apple Silicon shortly after the 24-inch iMac launches in 2021. However, these plans were put on hold “due to pricing issues.” .
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I have an Apple Studio Display and Assortment suitable Apple input devices. It usually connects to a Mac mini M2 Pro (upgraded from the 2018 Intel Mac mini).
Given the ubiquitous size of the Mac mini and the lower upgrade price, I don't understand why so many people online are screaming about the all-in-one 27-inch iMac. I'm guessing this combination will have a lower starting price, but once you start upgrading, the iMac will quickly become more expensive, not to mention more damaging to the environment.
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Gurman made a point, however, that plans have been put on hold, but not canceled entirely. According to Bloomberg, Apple still plans to release a larger version of the iMac with a 32-inch display “either late 2024 or 2025.”
Given the relatively distant time frame, this is far from the case. It is unlikely that Apple will again postpone its plans to release a 32-inch iMac. After all, the company clearly believes it currently offers several other viable options for big-screen iMac fans: Mac Studio, Studio Display, and the 24-inch iMac.
Are you waiting for a larger version of the iMac or are you Have you already found solace in another solution? Let us know in the comments.
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