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Apple is working on a redesigned version of the larger-screened iMac that could bring back the "iMac Pro" name to differentiate it from the 24-inch iMac that Apple released in 2021. The larger iMac is expected to have an updated design, M1 Pro/Max chips, and a mini-LED display, and it could launch in the first half of 2022.

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Design

The upcoming iMac will be similar in design to the 24-inch iMac and the Pro Display XDR, according to leaker Dylandkt. It will feature black bezels, and if it does indeed look similar to the Pro Display XDR, bezel size could be much slimmer and it could perhaps have less of a bottom chin.

Display

Like the 2021 MacBook Pro models, the next-generation iMac will adopt a mini-LED display for brighter colors, deeper blacks, and improved HDR, and it will feature ProMotion display technology, allowing for up to a 120Hz refresh rate.

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A refresh rate at 120Hz will allow for smoother gameplay and scrolling through various apps like Safari, plus it will improve general animations throughout macOS.

Some rumors have indicated that the iMac will have a display that's larger than 27 inches to mirror the smaller iMac's increase from 21.5 inches to 24 inches, but display analyst Ross Young says that it's going to measure in at 27 inches like the current model.

Apple has tested Face ID for the iMac Pro, according to leaker Dylandkt, but it is not a confirmed feature and it's not clear whether Face ID will make it into the release version of the machine.

Ports

The iMac is expected to offer a similar port configuration to the MacBook Pro, with Apple including USB-C/Thunderbolt ports, an SD card slot, and an HDMI port.

Apple could also include an Ethernet port built into the power adapter as it has for the 24-inch iMac.

M1 Pro/Max Chips

The iMac Pro will feature the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that were introduced in the MacBook Pro, and Apple could perhaps also introduce one additional higher-end configuration for the machine.

The M1 Pro and M1 Max have the same 10-core CPU (though there is an 8-core version of the M1 Pro). The M1 Pro features up to 16 graphics cores, while the M1 Max features up to 32 graphics cores.

Naming

Apple is reportedly calling the iMac the "iMac Pro" internally, and that could turn out to be its launch name as well, which would be in line with the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro.

An "iMac Pro" name differentiates the 27-inch iMac from the 24-inch model, and makes it clear that it uses the same "Pro" chips as the MacBook Pro.

Pricing

The base iMac Pro is said to feature 16GB memory and a 512GB SSD, and pricing is expected to start at around $2,000.

Release Date

The upcoming iMac Pro will launch sometime in 2022, perhaps in the first half of the year at or before WWDC. It will replace the current Intel-based 27-inch iMac, one of the last Mac models to still use Intel processors.

Article Link: Apple's 2022 iMac Pro: Everything We Know
 
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TrapDoorSpider

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Do you think the former iMac Pro was discontinued super early because of how bad the M1 kicked the pants off the Xeon? 24" Intel iMacs continue to be sold. In good conscience, they must not have been able to justify the price, and I'm sure it'd make previous purchasers supremely upset—even more so than discontinuing it—to have done a fire sale on it.
 
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rs-mac

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I do hope they continue the iMac Pro line. I'm on my second one now and will be due for another in 2023. I don't need all the expansion of the Mac Pro and want to keep costs down as well.

If there won't be an Apple Silicon iMac Pro, then Apple really needs to have a pro desktop Mac priced lower than the current Mac Pro. I'm not really talking base price, but the average cost of a mid-range Mac Pro would need to be far less.
 

Mizouse

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Can't see them adding HDMI to the iMac. But the rest of the mentioned ports, yes.

Also is it necessary to have the dynamic VRR ProMotion system on a plugged in desktop system? Or would ProMotion just mean high refresh rate?
 
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SecuritySteve

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What we really need to know for both the Mac Pro and iMac Pro is if Apple is planning on separating the CPU and GPU into discrete packages, so that the Mac Pro can potentially have more than a 1:1 CPU to GPU ratio. This would also potentially impact the iMac Pro's thermal envelope if they spread the two chips further from each other for heat dissipation.

It makes a lot of sense from an engineering standpoint, but I'm not sure if Apple is invested in developing discrete GPUs and CPUs specifically for higher end machines. This has been a concern from Pros from the start when Apple Silicon was first introduced.
 

loteq

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My 2014 i7 27 is still going strong except for the encroaching pink burn in around the edges of the screen. Ive been impressed it still holds up. But comparing it to the loaded m1 air i picked up last year it feels slow in a hundred ways now. I just want that big screen. super bonus points if they launch a display to match so I dont have to have a dell or lg sitting beside it.
 

chscag

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Save your pennies folks. I'm thinking that an adequately equipped iMac Pro is going cost way more than $2K. Nowadays, 512GB storage doesn't cut it. And since it's very likely that memory is not going to be user upgradeable as it is now on the 27" iMacs, that too is going to be expensive if you want more than 16GB.
 

henryhbk

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Who is the sd slot for? Not video pros (they use cf-pro) and honestly I use a usb-c card reader, because how many times a day do you put sd-cards in, (and on the back is ever so convenient /s) where the dongle is hardly a big deal. Plus the dongle moves the card slot in front of the machine. I would much rather have a usb-a to be honest over a sad-card reader as it is way more often I need a dongle to mount someone’s usb thumb drive than say so. HDMI 2.1 please.
 

fbr$

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Wierd and confusing naming, the Mac Pro is the real Pro and is supposed to have much more powerful processor and much more RAM than the iMac Pro and MacBook Pro.

The Pro label has different meaning depending on the specific Mac.

On the PC world, the iMac Pro and the MacBook Pro would be named just iMac Gamer and MacBook Gamer. Oh wait, Macs aren't for gaming, let's call them Pro instead...
 

BWhaler

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512GB HD? Are you smoking crack? You gonna put "pro" on a machine and put half a terabyte HD in it? COME ON

The Pro laptops start with 512GB.

This whole article is a wild guess—pretending the be “everything we know…" Some of the guesses like the HDMI port are remarkably stupid and almost certainly wrong, and others, like 512gb as a storage starting point, are smart guesses and most certainly correct.
 
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