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Apr 12, 2001

A larger redesigned, Apple silicon-powered iMac to replace the current 27-inch Intel model is still "en route," according to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman.


Writing in the latest instalment of his Power On newsletter, Gurman says the fact that Apple recently increased the screen size for the smaller iMac from 21.5 to 24 inches suggests to him that the 27-inch model could see an equivalent size increase.
I absolutely still believe that a larger, redesigned iMac to replace the Intel 27-inch models is en route. Apple increasing the screen size of the smaller model from 21.5 inches to 24 inches seems to indicate that the 27-inch model could see a size increase as well. I don't think, however, that Apple will launch the larger model with the same M1 chip that's in the smaller model. It likely will be an M1X, the beefier version of the current M1, or an M2X.
Apple has been working on a larger iMac with in-house processors for some time, but development of that version was reportedly paused to let Apple focus on releasing the redesigned 24-inch model, which was announced in April.

The 27-inch Intel models that remain in Apple's lineup launched in August 2020, suggesting they are reaching the end of their production cycle.

A new larger iMac would likely ape several changes that debuted in the latest 24-inch model, such as a thinner overall design, studio-quality microphones, and of course more powerful Apple silicon processors replacing Intel.

In a separate newsletter tidbit, Gurman also played down the idea that Apple could bring Touch ID to the Apple Watch one day. Gurman conceded that he could see the utility of Touch ID in the Apple Watch to approve app and media download payments, but said he didn't see that happening "any time soon, if ever."

Article Link: Gurman: Larger Apple Silicon iMac 'En Route,' May Feature More Powerful 'M2X' Chip


Dec 20, 2019
And PLSSS add support for at least 2 external additonal monitors. Otherweise I'll have to stick to my Intel iMac for another decade.


macrumors 68020
Mar 3, 2004
UK, Europe
“seems to indicate”
“It likely will be…”
“I don’t think…”

What a ridiculous non-story, backed by literally nothing.

"Intel will replace 27" Intel iMac with...something."

It can be frustrating to read.

My understanding is that these 'insider' reports have to be couched in this way, in order to avoid claims being attributable directly to Apple. Mark Gurman seems to be a mix of an analyst (gaining info from supply chains) and tech industry reporter (with sources at Apple).

It seems pretty clear that some of what he reports is 'information-release' that has been designed to steer the discourse in a particular direction/away from misconceptions.


macrumors 601
Feb 23, 2009
I suspect the larger iMac will come with a 6K 32-inch display which would be some cheaper, consumer-level version of the Pro Display XDR (unsurprisingly, it has a PPI count similar to the 24-inch iMac, which can be some sort of indication).

Apple may be behind its schedule. The 16-inch MacBook Pro was released in November 2019, and is now probably a poor value to buy. The higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro got a spec bump in May 2020 and the 27-inch iMac had one in August 2020, which may be an indication that these models could take longer to receive the M-series processor. Still, we are almost a year since the last Mac with Intel processor was released. In a few months, Intel will release its 12th generation processors, and some Macs are still stuck in the 9th and 10th generations waiting for the transition to Apple silicon.
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