Did we see the last 27-inch iMac?

Right after Apple’s “Peek Performance” event on Tuesday in which it revealed the Mac Studio and its 27-inch Studio Display, Apple quietly discontinued the 27-inch iMac powered by Intel. This has left some observers wondering whether we’ll see a new larger iMac sooner or later, or whether the current 24-inch iMac is as big and powerful as it is for the foreseeable future.

After unveiling Mac Studio and Studio Display at Apple’s spring event, John Ternus, senior vice president of hardware engineering, said the Mac lineup’s transition to Apple silicon was almost complete, “with just one more product: the Mac Pro.”

Some interpreted the comment as indicating that Apple sees Mac Studio and Studio Display as natural alternatives to the 27-inch iMac. In fact, in conversations with Mac rumorsHowever, Apple suggested that current 27-inch iMac owners looking to upgrade consider the separately offered Studio products, while the 24-inch iMac is available for those still looking for an all-in-one experience.

And in what could be read as another nail in the coffin for the 27-inch Apple iMac, Apple has also reportedly confirmed to Ars Technica This week, the machine “has reached the end of its lifespan”.

Despite these developments, not everyone has given up hope that Apple will unveil a larger iMac in the future, although perhaps not as soon as the rumors previously indicated. Over the past few months, persistent rumors from multiple sources have indicated that Apple is preparing for a larger all-in-one desktop computer.

Popular display analyst Ross Young said last month that the iMac Pro will launch as early as summer 2022. However, after Apple revealed the Mac Studio and its 27-inch Studio Display on March 8, Young no longer believed that to be the case. small to explain That his sources were unaware of the separation between iMac, Mac Studio and Studio Display, which added confusion to Apple’s exact plans ahead of this week’s spring event.

The confusion appears to stem from the fact that the Studio Display features a webcam and built-in Apple silicon, causing it to appear in supply chains as an iMac when it isn’t. Young now believes the earlier rumors about the iMac Pro launching in June weren’t referring to the actual iMac, but instead to the Pro version of Studio Display. Young now speculates that Apple’s 27-inch mini LED panel could be as large as Studio Display Pro It’s due to arrive in June, along with Apple’s new Mac Pro.

Young’s recent comments seem to back up information shared by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said this week that the “iMac Pro” won’t be launched until 2023. Well connected Bloomberg This week the journalist also reiterated his expectation that iMac Pro is still working.

Rumors suggest that the updated, larger iMac‌ display could be similar in design to the 24-inch iMac‌, Pro Display XDR and Studio Display. It is said to feature black bezels, and if it really does look like a Pro Display XDR, the bezel size may be slimmer and may be lower than the lower chin, while it’s rendered in shades darker than the 24-inch iMac.

As for what would power a new all-in-one device under the hood, Apple could opt to use the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that were introduced in the MacBook Pro, and Apple may also offer an additional higher configuration for the machine.

Whether or not the 27-inch iMac rumors are accurate, users who can’t wait that long and want a large-screen Mac with a high-end have the option of pairing the $1,999 Mac Studio with the $1,599 Studio Display, although doing so That would cost about twice as much as the cheapest 27-inch iMacs.