27-Inch iMac Continues to See Extended Shipping Estimates Ahead of Rumored WWDC Update

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With WWDC less than two weeks away, a number of MacRumors readers have noticed that shipping estimates for Apple's stock 27-inch iMac configurations are now listed as after the June 22 WWDC kickoff, leading some to believe that this is evidence of an iMac update coming at the keynote.

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While there are indeed rumors of an imminent significant update for the iMac, perhaps at WWDC, the shipping estimates are not a reliable indicator of this. Apple has been quoting extended shipping estimates on both stock and build-to-order configurations of the 27-inch iMac for over a month, so current quotes are nothing new and they slip back roughly day-by-day as time passes.

It's not entirely clear why shipping estimates initially slipped, as it happened while the global health crisis was affecting supply and manufacturing chains around the world. Certain component shortages could easily have slowed Apple's ability to produce machines, but the company may also be intentionally reducing inventories ahead of new models and only building what's necessary to fulfill orders.

Notably, the 21.5-inch iMac is not seeing extended shipping estimates at the present time as its availability has generally held up better than for its larger sibling.

As noted in our Buyer's Guide, the iMac is definitely due for an update, and we've been hearing significant rumors about an imminent update. Previously reliable leaker CoinX said in March that an iMac update was coming "soon," while an April rumor claimed a new low-cost 23-inch iMac is coming in the second half of the year.

Mark Gurman said in late April that a "substantial" iMac update with a possible redesign would be coming later in the year, and just yesterday, Sonny Dickson claimed that a redesigned iMac with "iPad Pro design language" will be coming at WWDC.

Article Link: 27-Inch iMac Continues to See Extended Shipping Estimates Ahead of Rumored WWDC Update
 

swiftRabbit

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Really curious about how this is not going to cannibalize the sales of the iMac pro considering the i9 version of the regular iMac is already pretty decent.
 

CWallace

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anything about iMac Pro?
iMac Pro shipping dates have been pretty steady and in general quicker than BTO iMac 5K orders.


Really curious about how this is not going to cannibalize the sales of the iMac pro considering the i9 version of the regular iMac is already pretty decent.
The iMac Pro is rumored to be updated this fall. It will have new versions of the Intel Xeon CPUs and probably AMD RDNA 2.0 GPUs. It is also rumored to get a MiniLED-backlit 27" display which would allow for better HDR and higher brightness.

So an iMac Pro will still offer more cores, more RAM, more (and faster) storage, more TB3 ports and a 5K display with better brightness and HDR. That should be enough to continue to differentiate it from the iMac 5K for buyers.
 

Freida

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As stated elsewhere (I would expect Macrumors to keep up) the slipping has been going on for ages and its believed that the reason was the panel for 27" from the supplier. Its also believed that the reason why iMac Pro is available is because Apple prioritise that instead as it has higher margin.
With iMac refresh being imminent it also makes sense as Apple would probably have to deal with returns especially when the stores were closed and the return period got extended.
It would also be nicer reporting, if you at least went to iMac forum and took the info thats in the massive thread there as there is a lot of valuable info. That would make for far better article than this.
Sorry, but For Fusion Sake :)
 

Art Mark

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Looking for new iMac Pro before buying. BUT I'm also waiting to hear if Apple really is going to transition to non Intel-Macs. Then it's up to software and quality. I need the Adobe suit, and a few other things. So if they release a new iMac pro with bumped Intel specs AND announce that Mac is transitioning away from Intel...I'm stuck. Don't want to invest in an end of life machine at 6-8 grand. What if Apple starts the transition away from Intel with the iMac pro? Well, it'd make it easier for me anyway... : >
 

zorinlynx

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Looking for new iMac Pro before buying. BUT I'm also waiting to hear if Apple really is going to transition to non Intel-Macs. Then it's up to software and quality. I need the Adobe suit, and a few other things. So if they release a new iMac pro with bumped Intel specs AND announce that Mac is transitioning away from Intel...I'm stuck. Don't want to invest in an end of life machine at 6-8 grand. What if Apple starts the transition away from Intel with the iMac pro? Well, it'd make it easier for me anyway... : >
I suggest we wait until WWDC before making any buying decisions.

My fears are not so much moving to ARM in itself, but that Apple might use this architecture change to lock down the platform and require signing to run all code. Even if the signing is freely given (as it is when using free provisioning on iOS) it would make the platform no longer open and make me seriously question continuing to be a Mac user.

Let's hope my paranoia isn't justified.
 

fronesis

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New bezels and everything are great....but here's the real question: Will this thing finally support target-display-mode again? Or, once the internals are out of date, will it become another giant paper-weight?
I'm confused. Don't the current ones already support that?
 

JPack

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These slipping dates are a very reliable indicator. We saw the same thing before the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

It's obvious a new 27" iMac is coming. Just look at Apple's shipping dates below.

2-5 business days = Custom configured 21.5" iMac
3-4 weeks
= Custom configured 27" iMac
 

dpace32

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I'm confused. Don't the current ones already support that?
Target Display Mode isn’t supported on iMac models with Retina display. Only iMac (27-inch, Late 2009), iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010), and iMac (Mid 2011 to Mid 2014) support Target Display Mode.
 

shaunp

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Really curious about how this is not going to cannibalize the sales of the iMac pro considering the i9 version of the regular iMac is already pretty decent.
I think the iMac Pro will disappear. The Comet Lake CPUs support up to 128GB RAM and will be fast enough for most. Any users which need more than 128GB RAM will be pushed towards the Mac Pro as the iMac Pro was just a stop-gap for those users until the Mac Pro arrived. Personally I'd like to see another iMac Pro, but I think it will be silently retired.
 

Segi_de

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Target Display Mode isn’t supported on iMac models with Retina display. Only iMac (27-inch, Late 2009), iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010), and iMac (Mid 2011 to Mid 2014) support Target Display Mode.
Target Display Mode would be great- especially if it would actually support non-apple devices... but probably not going to happen :D
 
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