There’s been rumours of a 27-inch iMac Pro for some time. It hasn’t come to fruition yet, but it looks like it might finally be unveiled – in 2023. Although that’s a while off, it’s an exciting time for us Mac enthusiasts.
In this blog, we go through what we can expect from this potential iMac Pro, and what the much-loved 27-inch iMac has brought us over the years.
The possibility of an iMac Pro
Mark Gurman, the number one Apple leaker, revealed that the iMac Pro is in active development. Though, he did say it might not happen until 2024. This is because it could come with an M3 chip (with variations being M3 Pro and M3 Max), which aren’t expected until the end of next year at the earliest.
Yet it’s also being debated in the Mac sphere that Apple is waiting for mass production of brand-new three-nanometre M2 Pro and Max processors, which will take place later this year. DigiTimes weighed in on this, saying that fresh devices, including the iMac Pro, would be based on this three-nanometre process.
The make-up of the iMac Pro
This new machine is likely to have a 27-inch screen, and there are a number of reasons why. First, reliable leaker Ross Young has been claiming this for some time. Plus, Apple discontinued the 27-inch iMac early this year. Given its popularity, it does seem rather bizarre to cease it altogether.
As for its design, it’s expected to have black bezels and potentially a smaller bottom chin, likened to the Pro Display. It may follow in the footsteps of the 24-inch iMac and MacBook Air, with a wider colour choice including orange, purple, starlight and midnight. There’s the possibility of a mini-LED display with ProMotion technology too. Port set up, meanwhile, will be comparable to the MacBook Pro, with USB-C, Thunderbolt and HDMI ports, alongside an SD card slot.
How it’ll slot in
A big question is around how it will fit in with the rest of Apple’s Mac product line up. It’s arguable whether it will even be called the iMac Pro. Considering there’s the Mac Studio, with its accompanying Studio Display which also measures 27 inches, a 27-inch iMac Pro may not feel so ‘Pro’.
However, as there’s a MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, it feels strange to have a high-end iMac that isn’t given this name too. Then there’s the query of whether the Studio Display and Mac Studio are the way forward – is Apple really phasing out its all-in-one design? We’re not sure, given just how popular it’s been over the years…
History of the 27-inch iMac
This encompassing design is partly what made the 27-inch iMac so loved. It first came about in 2009, lasting 13 years in total. Although its large size was pretty much unheard of at the time, it soon brought users in. The real estate of it has remained fairly intact over the years. Whilst there were tweaks here and there – such as a slimmer design – Apple barely moved from it for so long. It was only the introduction of the 24-inch iMac that really changed the tune for the iMac design.
Unfortunately, it does appear to be the end of an era for the 27-inch iMac. Perhaps supply chain issues have prevented the device from moving forward, so now’s a fresh start for the iMac – whether it’s Pro or not.
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It’s possible that we won’t see this 27-inch iMac Pro for another year, and maybe you’re willing to wait, but you may also prefer one of Apple’s current devices – like the 24-inch iMac. Whatever you decide, you don’t have to pay for this premium product upfront. Instead, you can lease through Lease Loop, and spread the cost over time.
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